Until now, anti-Americanism has been exaggerated and much misunderstood: outside a leftist hardcore, it has mostly been anti-Bushism, opposition to this specific administration. But if McCain wins in November, that might well change. Suddenly Europeans and others will conclude that their dispute is with not only one ruling clique, but Americans themselves. For it will have been the American people, not the politicians, who will have passed up a once-in-a-generation chance for a fresh start - a fresh start the world is yearning for.Hmmm.
The only problem I can see with what the world wants is that we don't much give a damn. I know that I don't. If they want Obama as president, then they need to run him on their own ballots and elect him over there.
To all my European readers, and readers from other countries. Here's the deal.
We founded the United States to be unlike you. We don't think the way you do. We're Americans. We do things our own way, and we argue about it the whole time. If Obama is elected, half of the country will be convinced that we've made a terrible mistake. If McCain is elected, the other half of the country will be convinced that the United States is doomed.
Frankly, we argue about everything. On a day-to-day basis we argue constantly. And here's the deal about being an American. If a person wants a fresh start, they can have it. We give fresh starts all the time. As an adult American, I've started over from scratch, three times. It's hard work, but it's worth it. If you guys want a fresh start, then start working.
If you want to help elect the American president, emigrate over here, get citizenship, and cast your vote. Until then, we just don't give a damn what you think.
Hat tip to Jeff for reminding me to write about this.