Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Happy (belated) Birthday America!

(Ed. note: I originally planned to post this on the Fourth of July, but I was on vacation getting a suntan/sunburn on the beach.)

Dear foreign friends,

You need some new material as your constant bashing of George W. Bush has become tiresome and annoying.

Pretty much every negative comment I read about America mentions G-dubs and how ignorant Americans are for electing/re-electing him. Seriously, that's all you can come up with? Bashing a whole country based on a president who lost the popular vote but due to an antiquated electoral system and slick legal wrangling was elected in the most controversial election in the history of the United States.

I try to be a straight shooter so I can't fully defend his re-election because he did actually win the popular vote that time, but he barely won with 50.7% of the vote. Simple math then tells us that 49.3% of Americans who voted in 2004 voted against him, which turns out to be over 60 million people. Perhaps those figures may help shed some light on how divided America was on his re-election.

This isn't a post to defend his presidency as I was part of the 60+ million who voted against him. I'm just sick of hearing that Americans are dumb because they elected Bush. Find something else to bash our country about, like the health care system or greenhouse emissions.

So in conclusion, while bashing America and how ignorant Americans are, please don't be ignorant yourself and show how little you know about what is going on in the country that you hate ever so much.



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