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So, it's Novermber 2nd Nov. 2nd, 2004 07:37 am
and the world is watching the US extremely nervously for an election that will determine the direction of the "world's single superpower" - and by extension much of the global political climate - for at least the next four years.

A vote for one man, self-declared as refusing to admit, let alone correct, any error, will be taken by the rest of the world as an overt statement of hostility, an endorsement of the "might makes right" principle which has led to the eventual destruction of all of its proponents over the years.

A vote for his challenger, a man with (at the very least) a far clearer grasp on international politics, will be treated as a sign that the US wishes to re-engage in constructive international discourse; an action that will make the world a more pleasant and safer place for citizens of every nation.

I could also go on for pages about various aspects of domestic policy (and my preference would be much the same), but to those billions of us outside the borders of the United States, it is the foreign policy that has the greatest impact. As the world becomes ever more interconnected, it becomes ever more interdependent.

If nothing else, there should be a record turn-out, generally considered to be a sign of a healthy democracy. We'll see just how well this works shortly. If nothing else, perhaps the world-wide excitement will catalyse the rest of the world to take an interest in its own political systems and contests, and to inform themselves about the incredible complexities that make up the modern world.

From: deborah_c
Date: November 2nd, 2004 - 02:46 pm (Link)
If nothing else, there should be a record turn-out, generally considered to be a sign of a healthy democracy

... except, sadly, by the Republican party, who seem to see it as a clear sign that the opposition are trying to steal the election by massive vote fraud. Sigh.
From: azekeil
Date: November 2nd, 2004 - 06:41 pm (Link)
I agree with you, but I also see where the American voter is coming from when they tell us to keep our noses out.

However, there is one overwhelming difference which doesn't necessarily give people from other countries the right to dictate to American voters - but it needs to be bourne in mind. That is that the US is the only superpower in existence currently. It has been America's actions that have lead it to it's current state of affairs.

I believe the internet will become a tool for breaking down censorship and propaganda, but not in its current form with too much 'information' from unreliable sources, and not in today's society where the value of freely available information has not been fully capitalised upon.

So, fingers crossed, eh?