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I Am Skooter
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Watchmaker steadies his delicate hand / I want you / For barbeque parties on blood red sands
— Peter Gabriel, And Through the Wire
November 6, 2012
American Election Day

It’s election day in the United States. These days it seems as if that throws more Canadians into a frenzy than our own elections do, and that may be one of the problems with the country I call home.

It’s not that the American election result isn’t important in Canada: the leader of our monolithic neighbour and largest trading partner has a significant impact on our lives. I just wish Canadians would express as much interest in the leader they can vote for as they do in the leader they can’t.

Here’s a classic television piece on the electoral college. Americans have, in my experience, long lived under the fiction that they were voting directly for the president. Most recent elections—Barak Obama’s first victory excepted—have been close and electoral college vote distribution has been a major factor. This one’s going to be no exception, and we aren’t going to know until very late tonight.

Good luck President Obama. You deserve a second term.

Posted by skooter at 5:55 PM This entry is filed under Politics.
This entry is tagged: Barak Obama, Mitt Romney, Politics, United States

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