It’s like deja-vu all over again … Once again, the Euro-weenies seem to feel that they have some sort of a right to participate in U.S. elections. The Brussels Journal reports that a 3 January 2008 editorial in the Brussels newspaper De Standaard whines, “…the world should be given the right to vote. Because the current situation is a blatant case of taxation without representation, against which the Americans rebelled in 1776.”
American presidential elections are not “home affairs.” American decisions have repercussions all over the globe. The American mortgage crisis affects banks in Europe. The insatiable American demand for oil makes the Arabian sheiks rich. The American refusal to care for the environment causes the North Pole ice to melt and coastal areas in Asia to flood. A weakened dollar and an immense budget deficit affect the global economy.
Hence, the world should be given the right to vote. Because the current situation is a blatant case of taxation without representation, against which the Americans rebelled in 1776. But of course the world will not be allowed to vote. The best we can hope for is that the Americans choose a leader who is deeply aware of the U.S.’s responsibility, as a superpower, for the rest of mankind.
For anyone who’s not familiar with the tale of how Tim Blair help to save America from John Kerry in 2004, some background here:
September 22, 2004. The Guardian’s Jonathan Freedland whinges, “US policy now affects every citizen on the planet. So we should all have a say in who gets to the White House.”
September 27, 2004. Tim Blair, in an open letter on his blog, ever-empathetic to the plight of disenfranchised Euro-weenies everywhere, helpfully suggests:
[H]ere’s a way Freedland and his fellow meddlers can still have their say in the USA: each could simply identify and adopt a random individual living in one of the battleground states and target that person with emails, letters, and telephone calls begging them to vote against Bush. I’m sure average Americans will be pleased to receive whiny 3am calls from people called “Jonathan”, and will alter their vote accordingly.
Mid-October, 2004. An unprecedented surge of Ohioans contact the Republican party offering to volunteer for President Bush’s re-election campaign.
November 4, 2004. Slate Magazine’s Andy Bowers summarises the impact of The Guardian’s “Operation Clark County” on the 2004 US Presidential Election in an article entitled, “Dear Limey Assholes…”, concluding
The most significant stat here is how Clark County compares to the other 15 Ohio counties won by Gore in 2000. Kerry won every Gore county in Ohio except Clark. He even increased Gore’s winning margin in 12 of the 16. Nowhere among the Gore counties did more votes move from the blue to the red column than in Clark. The Guardian’s Katz was quoted as saying it would be “self-aggrandizing” to claim Operation Clark County affected the election. Don’t be so modest, Ian.
It’s now 2008 and election time is rolling around again in America. We need someone to contact a source in Europe and suggest an Operation Clark County-esque programme to help these poor disenfranchised Euro-weenies have their say in the 2008 US Presidential Election.
Tim Blair, we need you. The Euro-weenies need you. America needs you.
–Hat tip to Neal Boortz for the Brussels Journal article
Update 2 (Sept. 10, 2008): FINALLY. Community Organiser Ross in the UK seems to have taken up the challenge. He’s even written & submitted a brilliant letter to use as a template. It begins, “Dear Stoopid Redneck” – go here to read the rest. Yay for Community Organisers! Yay for Ross!