Cover the of The Economist, thought it was a great cover
It is once again the peoples chance to vote down here in the U.S. of A. At time the everyone gets a say in how the country will spend the next four years. And it looks to be shaping up like another great election … well, at least entertaining from the side lines. The problem is these elections effect everyone … globally … just ask those folks in Iraq. Thus this is something the global community is watching with a very close eye.
What frustrates me the most is that if the world actually “had” a say I don’t feel it would be very favourable for the current president. Now what United States citizens should be asking themselves is why? With the world in such strong and united support of the states after September 9, 2001 … how was it that public opinion dropped so fast. What it comes down to is respect. Respect for citizens of the world. Respect for the cultures of the world. Respect for differing opinions.
Yes, the President is concerned with internal affairs such as the taxes, education, and jobs. But being what they like to call “the leader of the free world” means that you must take the “free world” into account every time you act on the international scene. It means that organizations such at the U.N. and the World Court need to be treated with respect. They are the voice of that “free world” and if you want to be a leader in it then you have to listen to what they are saying. That does not mean that you have to agree and it sometimes means acting without their support. However, you better respect their opinions and have very good reasons for acting against their wishes.
As for the internal affairs of the country … that I feel a little less able to speak on. Yes, I live here. Yes, I pay taxes. Yes, their decisions effect me and my friends. However, I am not a citizen and if I don’t like it … I can move.
So President Bush … Senator Kerry, good luck to both heading into the polls. The next fews hours and days should prove to be interesting.