While I have dabbled in the past, I don’t like to get into politics, religion and other things that tend to divide us. Which is why this post is remarkably how Barack Obama is bringing people together…people outside the USA, that is.
Anyhow, I was at the playground with Neptune earlier this week and it was lunch time at the school nearby. The park was filled with older kids…say around 10 or 11 years old, just climbing, playing, you know, being kids. Park Ex is a very ethnically diverse neighbourhood. So much so that when we went for an open house at our English primary school they told us that NONE of their grade 1 students (white, brown or black) have English as their first language. Essentially there were a handful of kids jumping up and down yelling: “O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!” punctuated by one kid calling at the top of his lungs: “Obama is the best!” I was taken aback: not only are these kids Canadian, but they are also about eight years too young to vote.
In classic Canadian bandwagon style, our lame government called an election at the last minute, scheduled to happen just a few weeks before the US election. Stephen Harper (our conservative prime minister) must have thought: “Well, if everyone has election fever than let’s tack our election on to it!” So lame. Point being, that even if these kids at the park could vote, they would certainly not be chanting for the Liberal candidate: “Ste-phane Di-on! Ste-phane Di-on!” because he has zero personality. Anyway, I suggest all Canadians click here before voting in October.
Some Americans would probably be offended by the notion that everyone else in the world would like the US more if Obama was the president. Harded Republicans would be like: “That is none of their G-D business!” Even though without international trade, policy and oil, the US would crumble. Even if the the US had their debts to foreign countries called back, they would be screwed. In fact, $2,601 BILLION is owed to foreign countries, including $24 BILLION to Canada alone. But at the end of the day, when I did the math this foreign debt is a drop in the pan against the total US debt of $9,669 TRILLION.
Now my mind is boggled. Our world is delightfully fucked.