The presidential election in the US is less than two weeks away. And I am looking forward to the 7th of November, after which there will be no more obnoxious mud-slinging party ads on the tube for Americans to switch off.
Of course, not being a prophet I can’t foresee the outcome; I only know how I want it to look. I have the advantage of living far away from the land of unlimited opportunity. (That’s how most Germans consider America. I am personally not so sure this estimation is justified.) I consider the distance from Germany to the US shores quite useful at this stage of the four-year electoral cycle as it’s a lot less noisy. And the draught from all that excessive flag-waving could lead to serious infections. A girl could catch her death.
Since I haven’t lived in the States for forty years, I am not registered to vote anywhere. (Where would I/could I register?) I am basically disenfranchised. So for years I could only shudder at the US voters’ choice. (God, they elected G.W! Twice!!??) Until they finally did something rational and elected Barack Obama.
They idolized Obama, dumped Herculean tasks on him. The agenda was, for the mere mortal that he is, something – not even a Republican – could have mastered. And just to make sure he failed, the Republicans blocked his progress at every turn. Now they wave their flags and blame him for the mess the country marched into during the eight years of G.W.’s reign.
Hearing the opinions of some of those flag-wavers on the nightly news made me feel embarrassed to admit I’m a US citizen. For the first time since I left the country so long ago, I have started wondering why I keep my American passport. Maybe it’s time to consider German citizenship. At least I could vote.