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Jun. 3rd, 2008

We lost internet for about an hour this evening, and while we were away, the United States Democtratic party nominated Barack Obama. \o/

Obviously I don't have the exact same investment in your elections as people who actually, you know, are Americans (and after 2004 I pretty much vow to never, ever again get that invested, because Christ on a cracker, that was a let-down), but it is unfortunately true that as does the U.S. so does the world, at least for now, at least in a lot of things. But hey, guys, congratulations (and I suppose condolences to those of you who wanted Clinton, uh, on principle).

For what it's worth, I hope you guys elect him. He's the only U.S. presidential candidate I've ever watched speak (though I'm sure there may have been others before I was old enough to care) and not wanted to hide under the couch for sheer sympathetic embarrassment, which is a big deal, because I'm kind of shallow that way, I like my politicians to be good public speakers. Possibly because that's the only related skill I myself possess, though of course I haven't exercised it since elementary school. ;)

Also, I'm harbouring a morbid fascination about what will happen when Obama and Harper first meet in front of cameras. But we'll call that a bonus.

I'm going to go back to watching West Wing now and living in a fantasy world, where politicians tell the truth and Americans have healthcare. This show always makes me feverishly want to write passages from random Paxverse books with flowery oratory by Union statesmen. I shall resist. I shall. Because I can always take notes and write it later.


Jun. 4th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, don't wish that on us. The man's a flowery speaker, but he's also a socialist.

Yeah. Hi. *waves hand* Canadian. Socialist.

Americans have the best health care system in the world. It's called the free market.

Have to disagree. Strongly. A market, like an economy, like a government, is not a force of nature, nor a closed system. It's artificial, and as such needs the same life support as anything else artificially created and not quite meant to be. Some things are simply too important to the ongoing cohesion of a society to throw up one's hands and leave it to chance. When I look at a government that treats the funding and management of absolutely necessary social programs with the same attention and care as the administration of a Taco Bell, I have to pause and clutch at my chest in sheer cellular horror. A government is not a profit-making business. It's a government. That's why we have different words for the two things. Government deserves reverence and deliberation. It doesn't just happen.

But hey, it's your country, not mine, so it doesn't really matter what I think. Best of luck with your own vote. :)


Chandri MacLeod

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