I’ll be honest; I’m not really a political person. It’s just too, well, political;)
That being said, I’m getting more and more into the US elections, simply because I can’t go through my news feeds without hearing something about Iowa, NH, Obama, Clinton etc. Especially with the current hype going around right now with Obama, you can’t help but be somewhat pulled in to the drama.
In living abroad you really get a chance to see other people’s view of the States. I’ve been in quite a few ‘let’s bash America’ conversations over here in Europe. Although I can add my own harsh comments about the states, I’m always quick to point out that not everyone is George Bush and even if we don’t always like their policies, the States have done some amazingly good deeds too. But, people usually agree quickly (or not at all) and continue on with the bashing.
Here are a couple clips that I wanted to share though that I think really paints a picture of where the States are today and where they should be going.
Where America is now:
This Washington Post article was written by George McGovern , a former presidential candidate to Nixon back in 1972. This is a must read, American or not. And, as you read it, think about all the drama around Clinton’s impeachment in 1998…all for his sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. My god, how backwards are the values here?
Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly “high crimes and misdemeanors,” to use the constitutional standard.
(But read the whole thing; his examples are cunning yet very matter-of-fact)
Where America should be going:
And for anyone who hasn’t seen this yet, this is pretty powerful and inspiring. I’m not saying even that I’m an Obama fan because I’m not well versed enough on the candidate’s stance on issues etc. But, this is one hell of a speech, and agreed – they definitely need change.
Elections 2008: Coming from an non-political person, it’ll be interesting to watch.