Tuesday, November 4, 2008

observations from across the ocean: elections 2008

november 4 2008


Just one more day and the elections of 2008 are in the past.
Journalists have to look for interesting items and I sure hope it won't be too much global warning and bad economy.
There will be more attention towards other history, like the fugitive streams in Congo, mudstreams in France, and earthquakes that make thousands of people homeless.
Maybe this time someone will really care.

Like other electiontimes this one was a disgrace.

It has shown the character of the inhabitants of the USA in a rather clear way.

The lack of tolerance, the lack of solidarity, the lack of insight why taxes need to be a part of life, and even racism popped up.
People enforcing their way of life and their opinion on other people in such a way that they can't do anything else than putting others down.

I've had my fair share when I commented on blogs to make people aware that certain issues have more sides and more dillemas.
Even when I referred people to the site of one of the politicians to make them read the statements so they would see they were only following some kind of make-belief image of the opponent, I was told so many bad words, and I was made into such a stereotype of a person I'm not, that it was disgusting.
And I'm sorry to say those reactions all came from the same camp.

The last 8 years I've seen the USA shift into a country that was ready to criticise other countries and putting them down for thinking themselves, missing the ability for self reflection and see they were throwing themselves not only into an economical disaster, but also into a social vacuuum.
How often I've been told the USA is the best, has most freedom of speech, the best social care, the best health system, even the best president.
It was like people were telling themselves this over and over again so they would start to belief it themselves.

It worries me that people needed so much to cling to that identity that they really do belief it, and build their faith on people who still try to appeal on that all.

By telling people from other countries, and even their allies, that America is the best, the whole foundation for respect and friendship breaks.

Like always in history the truth has proven itself.

The whole world is put in an economical crisis, most of all america itself, where people are not even sure to be able to stay in their own home.

Oh, how people have laughed about my opinions, have ridiculed me, even told me I was a disgrace.
But I can tell you that my country is about the only country not in an economical recession and it won't be next year.
The main reason is that we don't like phantasies in the economical realm.
We hate debts, because we consider buying things with a loan as buying things with the money of other people. For some it even feels like a kind of stealing, like a moral issue. You can laugh about that, but it keeps the economy sound.
We pay about 40% of taxes on the money we earn. It's used for social security and nationwide projects like infrastructure, education, the healthsystem, etc etc.
I think that we're more aware that economical solidarity is binding people and is the foundation of a sound economy.

I came to realise that many people in america are not even aware of that.
Saw a man on TV yelling that the government had to stay away from his shop and his business.
Where did the guy think the road came from he was standing on? His insurance?

These elections seemed to be a celebration of this stupidity to the top.
Freedom of speech? OK. Don't kill me for saying so, but I feel the freedom of speech was abused to exhibit a lack of insight and to exercise pure rudeness.

I've written all candidates a mail with questions about international issues and ofcourse they way they'll deal with subjects like autism, war and environment.

Only the democrats answered me, and the team of Obama took much effort to give me links to all sorts of speeches, statements and other written material online. I had the chance to make up my own mind, and when I had more detailed questions they were willing to answer them too.

That's what I would want from my president: an open ear and the willingness to communicate about matters.

In these elections it was very clear that the republicans had a very difficult time.
Struggling to free themselves from the bonds with Bush but keeping what they saw as important for them.

In fact there are not so many differences between the republicans and the democrats.
Saying that McCain is the only one who is capable to supervise the army because he's a veteran is not doing justice to the fact that there is an information overload these days and that all presidents, including Obama, are informed by knowledgeable staff.
In the past too many ill decisons have been made by veteran-presidents to say that the combination veteran president is a must.

I think it's time for a clear view on matters. I'm sure there are plenty of army men and -women ready to inform the president.

In a way it's like the republicans want to stay with the old traditions and the old way of life. We know it has caused not only the global economical crisis, but it has also caused the downfall of respect in the world for America.

Right now we're here not waiting for someone with a lot of experience, or someone who knows all the rules, or someone who can enforce the American way of living on the world.

We're waiting for someone who listens to people, who is willing to learn a lot and take decisions on new knowledge. Someone who lives in the present and can see the needs of all americans.
We need someone who is open for international contacts, and who has a certain charisma to make people listen to him.

Looking at conduct, at behaviour during this election times I've seen many interesting things happen.
McCain loosing his temper,
McCain not answering questions presumably because he didn't know the answers,
McCain throwing mud and threatening to throw more,
McCain telling others they have to choose him because he says so.
McCain doing a circus act by pushing a high heeled mom in the arena who has made so many mistakes that one needs to be an utter fool to want her to be the second of the country. America underestimates itself when they think there's no other woman capable of doing her job better than she can ever do.

From this side of the ocean there's only one clever choice america can make today: choose Obama.

He's the man who can guide you through this economical crisis and he's the man who can give America the place in the world Americans used to have.

May American get the president they deserve.

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  1. Hi! I came to your blog through Nablopomo. I second everything you have said about the US elections. If the folks of the USA are smart, they will realise that they are just one country in the world and will vote for Obama as someone who will help them to be a part of that world. If they think that they should live in isolation, then it will be McCain.

    I applaud everything you said!

  2. I did choose Obama ;o)
    May God be with us while they are counting the votes and let's hope it will not take them days or weeks. I don't think I can wait that long :o)

  3. Hi Laane:) I enjoyed your take. I'm one of those folks who think everyone should have to wait tables for a year and everyone should spend 6 months in another country.
    It's important to know that how you act affects others and that your way of life isn't the only one, or even the best one.
    Anyway, because of your comments on your own country I was curious to know where you're from? And thanks for the follow:)

  4. I finally found it:) The Netherlands! I got to spend a day in Amsterdam once.
    Here (in the US), all you hear about Amsterdam is about the redlight district and how this is legal and that is legal.
    I tell everyone that it's like any other city and that if you're looking for the bad part of town you'll find it:)
    It was *so* beautiful! We took the canal tour and the architecture and colors were just incredible. I'd spend more time in your country in a heartbeat!

  5. as an american living abroad for many years, I agree wholeheartedly and appreciate your well thought out observations. I've often thought it amazing that so many Americans truly believe that America has the best of everything in the world. From health care & medical technology to public transport systems, they do not. But there's no telling the majority of Americans that!

  6. It's been said that the way to measure the success of a country is to look at how many people want in, and how many people want out. If America really is as lousy as we're potrayed, then how come we have so many people desperate enough to come here that they cross over illegally? When we became a prosperous superpower after WWII, was it really because of socialism? If capitalism is solely to blame for our economic woes now, how do you explain the Democrats' heavy involvement in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac?

  7. I'm not American cause I was born in Portugal, but believe me!I'm 100%American at heart!And if I could vote I would definitely vote Obama!
    I do believe that Obama will make a great president and will bring some freshness into US politics.
    Keeping my fingers crossed! ;)

  8. Crossing the border illegally is not done by people who come from a normal life, but is done by people who are poor and want to better themselves. Furthermore it's the question whether they're properly informed of the possibilities and the lack of it.
    With other words: when you're hungry there's always the chance to have it better anywhere else.

    Prospering after WW2 was relative. Other countries were doing well too. Even those who had been through WW2 themselves.
    I haven't said that was because of socialism at all. And I haven't laid a link between democrats and socialism.
    They're two completely different concepts.

    Even more, I haven't blamed capitalism solely for the economical crisis, but I do blame the fact that people could put loan on loan, take bad credit loans and buy houses which they needed to pay in full during their whole future. The government didn't watch economical health of families and businessowners and they certainly didn't dare to limit it.

    I'm not posting here to explain to you the fall of banks and financial organisations. You'd better get a good course on economy to learn more about that.

    I know the republican camp targetted the democrats for involvement in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and they conventiently forgot that Freddie Mac paid $15,000 a month from the end of 2005 to august 2008 to a firm owned by the campaign manager of McCain, I've read in the New York Times. When I remember well that was published in september this year.
    Banks and such don't ask people for their political views, just for their money, the worth of their estate and other belongings or the lack of it.

  9. Well said, Laane.

    People tend to oversimplify matters and use grande expressions which have no real content anymore.

    It's also always interesting to see people comment who forgot the historical background of their own family.
    In fact all non-native people in America are immigrants, searching for a better life in another part of the world.

    How convenient to forget that when it comes to people trying to cross the border to the USA.

  10. Such a thoughtful post.

    Thank you.

  11. Very well written. I cannot argue with you on this subject. Although I did vote for Obama I cannot wait for this election to be over. There were a lot of disgraceful things done on all sides of the board so all we can hope for is that the next President can make good on his promises as well as try to lead the country in another direction (hopefully for the better).


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