Democrats in this country are worried, very worried. We are dumbfounded by the current polls, by the gullibility of much of the public and by the very high probability that we are in for four more years of dangerous and destructive Republican policies. And we should be. This country is in serious condition and with McCain in office we'll likely need to be put on life support. But we Democrats are not the only ones who are worried.
People around the world are watching this election closely. The many countries who have disagreed with the Bush/Cheney strategies of the last eight years are holding their breath...waiting to see if we Americans can redeem ourselves. They don't blame all Americans for the global American debacle of the last eight years. No, right now, they blame George Bush and Dick Cheney. But that might be about to change.
The rest of the world is waiting to see if the Bush/Cheney policies are the result of two men's arrogance and deceit, or if they reflect the true values of the American people. How we handle this election, whether we
recognize the damage done by the current administration the world over and decide to rout out those responsible and replace them with leaders who will put America back on the right path or, instead, give a thumbs up to the powers-that-be and vote for more of the same, will have a significant impact on how the rest of the world views not only the government of America, but American citizens as well.
Make no mistake. People are watching. Even this humble blog has received input from those who live elsewhere but are tremendously concerned with the outcome of this election. After watching the Republican convention, one reader who lives on the other side of the globe said "What seemed most chilling was all the war-mongering which made people like me feel that the US under this team--especially with somebody like Sara Palin--people in other countries of the world can no longer feel safe, even less than when George W was there." Average citizens, political commentators and government officials world-wide all have their eyes fixed on us. They are waiting to see what we will do and will base their opinions of us, and their behavior toward us, on it.
Jonathan Freedland of the UK had much to say about the world's intense interest in our current presidential election and offered some not-too-cheery predictions as to the impact of a McCain win. My thanks go out to the reader who shared the link to this article with me. Please have a read and let me know what you think.