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Uploaded: 02 November 2004
I have deliberately kept silent on the US elections. We are now on the eve of knowing the result.
Personally, given a choice, I would not have voted for either of the candidates. Both stink like three day old fish left carelessly on a global warming porch. But if the choice is between bad and worst then bad is good I guess.
But here's a thing. This election has cost well over $1bn (£544m). We live in a world where the big money is in promotion, Hollywood, Barbie, and now Bratz! Not to mention Bush and Kerry.
I attended a party at the weekend, a 'Halloween' bash, a very particular export from the US and not one I am particularly enamored of, but it was a family bash as well. During the bash the 'Birthday Boy' of the moment asked, 'Should not the US vote be opened to the world? Should not every nation now have a say?'
Now there's a thought!
A nation that involves other nations so utterly and completely involuntarily should, should it not, open its voting system to those it invades, oppresses, aids, uses and abuses, and makes extraordinary profits from?
From my jaded perspective the profit motive is far more predatory than terrorism. Or did I miss something? When wealth and profit decide candidates and votes, how is that different from Fascism or Dictatorship, by any other name?
Will someone tell me what Democracy means?
© Keith Lindsay-Cameron 2004