One of the most significant questions of the first Presidential Democratic Debate came from Chuck Todd of MSNBC. Todd asks the key question, what is the “Greatest geopolitical threat to the U.S. right now?
In my view, a geopolitical construct is farreaching and in short, speaks to the way in which one governs and the effect that way of governing has on our primary democratic structure if you will. It relates to economics, foreign policy, and foreign relations, and the social consciousness that shapes our overall political influence around the world.
It is significant because the question is the closest to what I believe encompasses in a nutshell, the most important role of the President Of The United States when you consider many other political issues are determined state by state.
One of the most recent confirmations of this fact was the Supreme Court ruling on Gerrymandering that federal courts had no role in policing political districts. An article dated June 27, 2019, in NYTimes.com by Adam Liptak related to the Gerrymandering ruling read, ‘The drafters of the Constitution, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority, understood that politics would play a role in drawing election districts when they gave the task to state legislatures.’
Candidates’ Responses To Greastest Threat
As this was a ‘Lighting Round’, the response was to be a one to two-word answer, but of course, we’re talking about Politicians so, while some Candidates came close no one used just one or two words to respond to such an important question. For those that came close, a repeat of the question is what took them over the word response requirement. Note to Candidates for upcoming Debates, it counted just the same.
That said, there was an overarching theme in which the majority of the candidates agreed, Climate Change, Nuclear, and other Foreign impacts are our greatest threat today.
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