Our upcoming Presidential Election has made it a truly THRILLING time to be an American abroad!
Like any other typical American, I didn’t care and why should I?
None of their policies or regulations affected my day to day life, at least not directly…
The same isn’t true for our American president and other elected officials. The decisions of those we put in office, in terms of both economic and military actions, carry heavy repercussions around the globe…
… and to think, WE have the power to put them there.
In general, Europeans are NOT shy about discussing politics. Even the most casual of encounters can easily lead to a “robust” debate.
It’s a bit disconcerting the first time a complete stranger takes note of your accent and asks who you plan to vote for–quizzing you on specific issues, remarking on the previous night’s debates, and reviewing the candidates’ talking points.
I’m usually all, “Dude, I’m just here to buy apples”, because I’m likely caught off guard and completely ill prepared for this line of questioning.
They don’t mean to rude or intrusive. They just want to share their opinions with someone who actually has say in the outcome- someone with the power to vote!
While I may be easily distracted by shiny fruit, the election IS on the forefront of everyone’s mind. All eyes are on us in anticipation as we decide their future. Lucky us.
If you happen to share our point of view and our candidate…
… then BARACK on, my friend, but make it count. Vote!
If you don’t… hey, that great too. No. Actually, that’s awesome because that’s what makes a democracy such as ours so great.
But, umm… here’s my absentee write-in ballot– signed, sealed in an unmarked envelope, placed in an outer enveloped, and delivered last Thursday….
I fully expect YOU to cancel it out.
What I’m trying to say is, I don’t care who you vote for. JUST VOTE.
Now… what do you think of the new design?