what are you doing on November 4th?

November 3, 2008

I will be watching the US election results intently.

I don’t live in the United States of America, but I think that the outcome of Tuesday November 4th affects a large part of the world. I believe that, overall, the US has been in decline as a world superpower for a decade and will continue to for another 10 to 20 years. The way the US reacts to its diminishing power will shape how it is perceived in the international community and how it will redefine its role in the face of emerging power in China and India.

I personally hope that Obama wins the US election on Tuesday. I believe that neither candidate has (or can have) a real plan to handle the economic crisis that the US and world faces. We can’t really tell what either candidate really feels, so we depend on our perception, intuition, and on limited facts. But I believe that Obama has shown more thoughtfulness and collaboration in solving problems. He is such a transformational figure to so many people, that he will be able to get historically divergent groups to work together.

I am also disillusioned with the baseless and soon to be regretted tactics that the Republican team has used in this campaign. Do I believe that John McCain supports these tactics? – no I don’t; there is enough evidence that he does not usually subscribe to this kind of divisive politics. However it says a lot for a maverick to go against his or her beliefs to try to win at any cost.

Unfortunately, I don’t believe that there are a lot of differences on key issues between the two candidates. They are both primed to spend essentially the same huge amount of money and they both believe in diplomacy and war to varying degrees. However, if I had a vote, I would vote for Obama as he is calm under pressure, humble enough to listen to an opposing view, and decisive enough to lead during a crisis. And also because I think that Palin is opportunistic and an absolute idiot. I hope that no one uses her as a litmus test of women’s role in politics – there are plenty of better examples in the US and around the world.

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