By Beatrice E. Rangel
As the election season proceeds, those of us who believe that America was created on the principles of equal rights for all citizens, of power emanating from the people, of limited representative democracy, and the existence of a written constitution to determine the limits of power and government, are beginning to feel uneasy.
The opinion polls which seem to point to yet another term or Democrat/Republican tug of war that erodes constitutional preeminence while paving the road for a development stalemate predicated upon a political paralysis that does not allow the country to address the infrastructure challenge and the people challenge are worrisome.
Without a doubt, these challenges will determine the shape of this century's international system.
Today it seems as if the world is slowly and conflictingly moving into a system led by two powers of equal weight: the U.S. and China.
But the relatively weight of both will largely depend upon the development pace of each of these powers. Up to now China seems to be gaining more development ground than the U.S. At least this is the case in two crucial areas: education and infrastructure.
Our education system is as broken as our immigration laws. Indeed, the digital economy demands skills that are a galaxy away from our current education establishment.
Digital skills have little to do with college education. This is technical and operational knowledge that pivots around design, coding and software writing. These skills are developed through robotics and among other means power point presentations.
Our infrastructure was developed by President Eisenhower and while still functioning lacks contemporaneity. It is enough to jump out of a plane arriving from Singapore in New York to feel like one has been pushed from the 21st to the 20th century.
Should education and infrastructure fail to successfully embrace the digital era, the U.S. will anyway be the counterpower to China but in a capitis diminutio. That is to say, in a weaker condition that reminds us of that of Europe vis-a-vis the U.S. after World War II.
These challenges do not seem to have champions in the electoral scenery.
Except for Andrew Yang and Pete Buttigieg, the Democratic party does not seem to be prepared to launch the country into the 21st century.
On the contrary, every debate shows the party closer to the mind frame of the flower power revolution than to the semantic networks that are beginning to dominate the world. In the Republican Party there is Mr Trump and his charming way to disregard everything that does not match his approach to life and government.
The question thus arises as to whether those that have seen their jobs gone, their children fall prey to opioids and their suburbs turn into ghost villages will continue to put up with this sad parade of inadequacy.
Some seem to believe they would, but maybe not.
Should Michael Bloomberg seriously take up the battle for the presidency, the country might be shaken by a data driven pragmatic leader that transformed the city of New York in a 12 year tenure that transformed public schools, reduced traffic congestion and abated crime.
As a leader he places judgment and knowledge over partisan loyalty and law abiding over exploitation of loopholes -- a nice outcome to a fractious and rancorous political battle that will be the fight for the presidency next year. But this might be a fluke. But wasn't President Trump's election also a fluke?Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.
For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.
You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.