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By What Criteria Does the Greek Diaspora Vote?

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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

The importance of the Greek Diaspora for Greece and Cyprus never concerns them as much as it does during the American elections. It is during this time that they attach more value to our Community and expect more from it.

Especially in the run-up to these particular elections, with the tangible danger that Greece and Cyprus face from the blackmail attempted by Erdogan and his strategy of grabbing as much as he can.

Now, therefore, our two motherlands are paying even more attention to us, hoping – if not demanding – that we intervene with the American leadership to thwart the plans of the Turkish President.

First of all, from the moment we started living in this blessed country, from the moment we started families and had children here, we have personal interests that are identical with the interests of America.

So, our participation in the American elections is the least we can do to help move everything in what we believe is the right direction.

The question then becomes whether and to what extent we vote or should vote based on the national interests of the motherland compared with the interests of our second home, America.

As Americans, who are fortunate enough to have the right to vote in the most powerful country in the world, our first criterion for deciding who to vote for is to identify the person who is best for America’s future and our future, and who aligns with our interests, as individuals, as heads of families, and as Americans.

However, based on my long dedication and service to our national issues, I am able to say that what I have been watching all these years is that the interests of American foreign policy are identical with the national interests of Greece and Cyprus.

And that whenever America deviates from this line, as in 1974 for example, it is against her best self and her interests. This is currently evidenced by America distancing itself from Turkey and the rapprochement it is taking with Greece and Cyprus.

However, many of us vote based on our ethnic interests first - out of the great love and pride we have for Greece.

Most, however, do not.

A few days ago I read an article in the Wall Street Journal titled Modi Can't Deliver the Indian-American Vote to Trump. Modi is the Prime Minister of India and a friend of Trump.

The Indians, numbering about 4.5 million in the United States are migrating here rapidly – with increases up to 130% year-on-year. They are a fast-growing ethnic group, with an extremely large number of scientists among them and a large economic presence.

The author, who is Indian, argued on the basis of evidence that the vast majority of Indians in the United States vote on the basis of their personal interests and not those of India.

He claims that those who tend to vote first on the basis of what is in India's interest are the immigrants, but they do not vote at the same percentages as those born here.

I believe that the same is true for every ethnic group. But the politicians here, although they are aware of this, also know the voters are not indifferent to the interests of the motherland.

Especially when their parents' homeland is threatened and America can help.

In the elections of November 3, 2020, one of the two candidates seems to be pursuing a policy that serves the interests of – of course – America … but also of Hellenism.

More on that in tomorrow’s commentary.