50 years ago, the former Soviet Union was vilified as a rogue nation bent on destroying any possibility of world peace. And from this the United States became the sole beacon of protection, and subsequently, the most powerful empire the world had ever seen.
But after the fall of the 70 year Communist regime in the early 90’s, the U.S. found itself with no opposition, and a government and economy that had been built on war and protecting the rest of the world from Soviet aggression. This of course provided Washington with an rare opportunity, which they unfortunately squandered when they chose to keep a mindset of empirical hegemony, and global interference into the affairs of all nations.
Which brings us full circle in 2016… and the results of a new international poll shows that for the first time since the advent of the Communist Revolution, the world trusts more in a Russian leader than they do in the American one, and in the Presidential candidates they have running to win the White House in November.
A recent Pew Research report suggests that the sun may be setting on America’s international hegemony. People polled around the world favor Russian President Vladimir Putin over a leading US presidential candidate for the first time, and a growing number of the world’s inhabitants now have a negative view of Washington’s economic and political influence.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump appears to be not only one of the lowest-rated politicians among Americans since public opinion polling began in the 1960s, but he also seems to be affecting the country’s reputation abroad.
America’s international image is likely to suffer no matter the outcome of the election in November, as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has a favorability rating 20 points below President Obama.
The poll shows that under the Obama administration, America’s image has suffered dramatically, with nearly twice as many respondents saying the United States plays a less powerful role in the international arena than it did ten years ago.
By contrast, Russia’s international image appears to be on the rise.
A majority of respondents in China, India, and Greece agree that Russian President Vladimir Putin will do the right thing when it comes to matters of international importance. In fact, Putin outpaces both Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in both China and Greece. – Sputnik News
Most of the world, especially nation states in both Europe and Asia, desire global superpowers to come to consensus rather than conflict, and seek a more harmonious environment after decades of war fought in the Middle East. And just as the downfall of the Soviet Union may have started in their failed conflict in Afghanistan during the late 70’s and early 1980’s, so too has America’s downfall begun in the very same region when the U.S. instituted a police and surveillance state following 9/11 which was comparable to anything created by the KGB or the Stasi.
It should come as no surprise when more than 50 nations rushed to sign on board China’s AIIB initiative while at the same time most of the world is rejecting America’s secret trade agreements meant to place power in the hands of the same banks and corporations who nearly shuttled the global financial system just eight years ago. And it is interesting to see how global perception has also turned towards Russia and Vladimir Putin following the ISIS fiasco in which the Obama administration aided the terror organization much more than they fought to destroy it.
The world has changed, and the tables have indeed turned. And it will take much more than patriotic speeches behind a teleprompter to repair the damage the U.S. has done over the past 25 years in simply trying to keep power intact within their empire. But one thing is for certain, and that is the days of Europe and her allies relying upon America to be their savior are now over, and the new era that is dawning is coming from the ashes of an empire once considered dead and buried.
Kenneth Schortgen Jr is a writer for Secretsofthefed.com, Examiner.com,Roguemoney.net, and To the Death Media, and hosts the popular web blog, The Daily Economist. Ken can also be heard Wednesday afternoons giving an weekly economic report on the Angel Clark radio show.