This is something I have been meaning to write about for a while now. Being overseas during this time of economic crisis and especially during this huge election season, my eyes have really been opened to how stock the rest of the world puts in the USA. American politics, economics, etc. effect the rest of the world in ways of which I had no idea. I never realized just how much prevalence the American presidential elections have throughout the globe. I guess growing up in small-town America, my worldview was limited to that which was directly around me. Now that I am out of the US, I am beginning to realize the extent of American influence.
Something else I find interesting is that some Americans are the only people in the world who think John McCain should be elected. Everybody, and I mean everybody, I have talked to – from waiters to street vendors – wants Obama to become president. In other words, if the rest of the world could vote in this election, Obama would win by a landslide. I’m not exactly sure why this is, to be honest. Every person gives a different reason – from economic and foreign policies to the way he carries himself in public and during debates. But one thing is clear: Americans are alone in the world in thinking that McCain stands a fighting chance.
Just something to think about.
You’re right. My eyes have recently been opened to this as well.>>Foreigners don’t have our domestic issues in mind when giving their opinion of who we should vote for – only our foreign policy issues.>>It is amazing how far reaching our influence is.
Barry’s British and Dutch coworkers are the same. They don’t know why anyone would vote for McCain.>>Of course, they also don’t know why Americans are allowed to own guns, pick their own health care, or work 40 hours a week with lunch not being paid.
It really does seem like the rest of the world wants America to be more like Europe. Many people (Americans as well as Europeans) are oblivious to some of the fundamental differences we have in everything from foreign policy to legal drinking age. Being overseas has really opened my eyes to these differences, big and small. I’m looking forward to next Tuesday.