Oh, well said

posted 25 January 2004

In case you haven't seen this already, you soon will: confronting the relentless advance of the police state in the USA, all in the name of "protecting the American people", this guy has hit the nail right on the head with You see, the trouble is, I'm not an American. It brings into focus and scathingly mocks the hysteria and over-reaction currently going on within the American government in response to their belated, horrified realisation that nobody likes them anymore. What they haven't got their head around is the fact that sometimes un-American behaviour is okay, because not everybody is American, and more importantly, not everyone should or wants to be.

It reminds me of something I read in a book by Bill Bryson once: the prevailing American attitude is that not only is America the best place in the world, but that everyone agrees with this idea. He recounted a story about a German girl he spoke to who was visiting the states. Paraphrasing liberally, she said "People keep asking me, 'So, which do you prefer, Germany or America?' and I have to respond that America is nice, but Germany is my home. But they never understand.'" Because an American expects the answer to be "Ooh, America is so much better! I want to move here!" And if that's your attitude, then the anything-to-protect-American-security attitude makes sense, because of course no one could possibly mind having their fingerprints taken to protect America -- everybody loves America!

We don't like everything about you. We don't all want to move over to your country. We're not particularly enamoured with the "American way". Sometimes -- listen carefully -- sometimes, you get things entirely wrong. Obvious statements, but ones which it seems the American public has yet to hear.

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Wait... I'd vote for who?

posted 25 January 2004

So, according to the Presidential match quiz, here are the possible US presidential candidates, ranked by their similarity to my opinions on an impressively comprehensive array of issues. The results worry me. A lot.

1SharptonScore: 100%
2Kucinich Score: 97%
3Kerry Score: 97%
4Dean Score: 92%
5Clark Score: 90%
6Edwards Score: 86%
7Lieberman Score: 84%
8Bush Score: 26%

Excuse my french, but AL FUCKING SHARPTON? Oh my god, I'm a crazy, crazy liberal! (And since when does Reverend Al have such strong support for gay marriage?)

But the test itself is pretty good, go try it. For your further edification, here's a full comparison of the three candidates I'd actually consider voting for (plus Bush and, dear lord, Sharpton). If I fiddle with my answers a bit Kerry ends at the top of the heap quite often, but I'm finding it hard to vote for Dean under any circumstances...

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