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Tuesday, November 02, 2004
11:23 AM


I feel like this is a day where the seams of our system are going to be showing and will be stretched. I hope they don't come apart. It didn't really hit me until just today and until after I cast my vote. I guess I was excited before I cast my vote, because I felt like I had some power. Now it's totally out of my hands (unless, I suppose, I show up somewhere as an after-the-last-minute volunteer). I'm worried. Let's get a result and get it over with.

this is a message from Europe:


your leadership affects everyone on this planet, think about it:stopbush


if you think that this is political crap we are sorry for bother you
This reminds me of an idea I had...well, for someone else to do. "Adopt-an-American"...somebody in some other country picks a specific American to pester about the election. What we do affects them, but they have no vote. Funny, isn't that what we had a revolution about a couple hundred years ago?
"Funny isn't that what we had a revolution about a couple hundred years ago?"

Mike, this is, bar none, the stupidest thing you've ever written on this site. Equating the Revolutionary War to today ("what we do affects them, but they have no vote?") is asinine.

But, hey, if your dude gets in the House, we'll have a whole lot of global tests to pass, right?
A couple dozen farm state senators make sure we pass a great new farm bill every year with huge subsidies for Archer Daniels Midland and friends. Tens of millions of people in (for example) Africa starve, because even though they could grow perfectly decent produce much cheaper than ADM, they're squeezed out of the global market by the US and Europe. If they had a say, they might well support the idea that we ought to let them earn a living, however minimal, so they can afford to, say, build sewage systems and not get malaria.

Anyway, that's the particular thing that gets my goat. But generally speaking, I believe that with great power comes great responsibility. We hold our presidents to higher moral standards than Joe Six-Pack, and rightfully so. If we're going to choose to continue to be the most powerful country in the world, it's not unreasonable for other countries to expect more of us than the pursuit of the narrowest of narrow self-interest and the accumulation of more and more power. In the words of Dr. Evil, we should "throw them a frickin' bone" every once in a while. And not even necessarily because we should martyr ourselves for the greater good (Ayn Rand, I'm looking at you) but because it's good policy to not have everybody hate us unless it's necessary. And when it comes to Iraq, it wasn't necessary!
But why stop at farm bills and Iraq, Mike-ola? There are a ton of Americans on welfare right now, and this "squeezes out" those same Africans of international aid. There are a lot of Americans that have received higher education based solely on grants from the government--but that's a few billion in aid that could go to India. Healthcare crisis? What crisis?! Poverty? In America?

It just doesn't work the simplistic way that you're painting it, and it won't, until we're Oceania. And for you yokels painting Bush as Big Brother, well, don't let that particular irony slap you on the ass on the way out.
Okay, now you're going to get me in trouble with my liberal friends. But yeah, it's worth thinking about. Why should our poor people be in so much better shape then poor people elsewhere, just because they were lucky enough to be born here? I'm not talking about international aid, I'm talking about international trade.
Sorry Mike-- like colonialism, the Brits beat us to it:

Very interesting.

Yeah, colonialism...empire...we ought to ask the Brits how that went for them.
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