Hier wollen wir in Fremdsprachen bloggen.
A fellow associate pointed this out to me today at work. Check out the hip-hop debate. I especially like the “Money Walk.”
There’s not exclusively negative press coming out of Europe after Bush’s reelection. But much of it is predictably negative, even arrogantly condescending (how could so many Americans be so stupid, and all that).
On this discussion board (sorry it’s in German), some of the comments are balanced and a few are optimistic that they can resolve themsevles to get along with Bush’s America, but many of these comments pass judgment on Bush and on America’s intelligence. The article that these comments stemmed from discusses the widespread view that America is one step away from totalitarianism. It’s interesting that Germans really look at the prevailing moral values in America as fascist. That is something that I really can’t understand.
Anyway, one of the commenters said that he hoped that Bush will get impeached soon into this term for one of the allegedly many impeachable infractions that from that German’s perspective Bush has commited in his first term. The frustrating thing about the fact that it is the vogue in Europe to depricate Bush and America for voting for him is that if I as an American were to post something like that about the German government, then I would be accused of imperialism. It is just so tiring sometimes.
Just a few hours away from casting my vote, and I’m still undecided.
Can I really sacrifice the babies just to make France happy? (I.e. put aside my very strong moral disgust at our infant holocaust in this country in the interest of a more measured and multilateral foreign policy?)
Conversely, can I really justify continuing an alienating foreign policy just to save what the abortionists consider mere “reproductive matter” with no more ontological significance than feces? (I.e. put aside my discomfort with unilateral use of power and an alienating foreign policy in the interest of saving something that many, including those who kill it, don’t even consider human?)
My dilemma. (Allison is still struggling with this decision too.)
On a side note, Marianne, our three year-old daughter, has announced that we should vote for . . . . Christmas! When pressed, though, as between George Bush and John Kerry, she chose John Kerry (however, this might have to do with the fact that we said Kerry’s name after Bush and with the fact that her dad’s name is John). . . .
Anyway, I consider myself an informed voter (I should be after the many hours spent reading the media in several different languages and on the blogs), but it isn’t helping me make what is becoming an existential moral decision between two ideas of America (both of which have some attraction, but neither of which comes close to my ideal–a millenial government in which Christ himself reigns as King and the Saints live in Zion).