March 26, 2007

Being President of the USA

White HouseAnother week White House Bush.

This week sees American president Bush entrenching himself even further in his battle against democrats in Congress. Refusing the parliament´s demand to hear his secretaries on oath about the sacking of attorney´s taints his credibility further, and helps to mark differences between democrats and republicans for the worse. At least, if you´re Mr. Bush.

Then came the news of the NYPD´s spying practices. Incredibly as it may seem to Europeans, an ordinary city police force got rather involved in the city´s security. The went as far as Canada and Europe to follow opponents of the republicans and of the death penalty, as well as ordinary theatre groups in order to safeguard the Republican Convention. Hearing of “hundreds of dossiers on various campaigning groups”, I couldn´t help but thinking of Stasi or KGB tactics. But all comparisons aside, such practices do not exactly help foment transatlantic feelings of warmth.

Despite being a rich and musculous strong-man type of state, I cannot help to take the US policy less seriously every time. And what´s even worse, I am honestly starting to believe that even I could do a better job. Should it really take a non-American to curb uncautelous arrogance?

- 5 comments by 1 or more people

  1. should it really take a non-American to curb uncautelous arrogance?

    Who knows, the system is currently rigged so non-Americans can’t even become the leader anyway!

    26 Mar 2007, 19:43

  2. Yes, that brings us to the truism of “in fact every citizen in the world should have a vote in US elections” etc.

    27 Mar 2007, 12:29

  3. Thomas Rohland

    Of course the ‘system’ (by this, I assume you refer to the capitalist system that exploits workers and their children) is ‘rigged’ so that only American citizens can lead the federal government! What did you expect?

    Or perhaps I misunderstood your point?

    29 Mar 2007, 17:22

  4. It’s the fact you have to have been born in America to be president, no immigrants no matter how long they’ve lived there or how much they love America can stand. I think any British citizen, origin irrelevant can be PM here. In fact any Commonwealth or Irish citizen can be UK PM!

    31 Mar 2007, 15:24

  5. Thomas Rohland

    Thanks for the reply. I got confused because your first comment wasn’t clear on the distinction.

    01 Apr 2007, 19:20

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