“We are all Americans”, a French newspaper declared after 9-11. In fact we have been Americans long before that date. Me, as a Dutch man, perhaps even more than an inhabitant of another country. My youth has been pervaded with American culture. The music, the jeans and especially the television and the movies. There has been a lot of disapproval and joking about the average US person’s idea of being the superior center of the world. But seeing the huge amounts of attention that our media has been giving to your elections, the States really do seem to rule the world. And to my frustration, I couldn’t even vote who would become the most powerful man of the world for the next four years. The next best thing would’ve been to make a demonic plan to influence American voters in swingstates. Or at least fool myself that I’d be able to exert such influence, for instance by adding to a completely Dutch weblog a sudden English post.
But as an experiment of UK newspaper The Guardian recently has shown, most of the American voters are not open for debate, let alone be possibly influenced on their political preference. The Guardian urged people from all over the world to discuss the election with residents of Clark County, Ohio, which incited a lot of anger from these Americans. How dared these foreigners express their opinions like that? This isolationist attitude was the last piece of knowledge I needed to fully realise the fruitlessness of any ambition to meddle in the holy US-politics. Then came the presidential debates. Kerry came out three times as the winner, but this hardly affected the polls.
From that point on I wearily looked at all the articles in which hard working journalists tried to analyse the candidates. How useless this all seemed now. If the Americans want a president who lies to go to war and who bases scientific progress on religious grounds, who for his Middle East position takes advice from christians that believe the rapture is coming, then let them have their way. Now if Bush really was for a smaller government, I could understand the situation somewhat better. But Dubya only gave some taxcuts to the richest Americans and furthermore achieved a dazzling high deficit. He spent huge amounts on his misunderestimated expedition to Iraq. If Republicans succeeded to let the poorest people give their approval to such policy, if the weather forms a crucial factor for the most important elections in the history and if the main political concern was that people prefer to drink a beer with Bush (who gave up drinking altogether) over Kerry, then I wish you Americans good luck. Not.
I mean, did 9-11 really have the impact that you approve to be stripped of your constitutional rights? Hardly a way to run a country. I see it happening in a large company. “Look, there were some rats that ate through are mainframe which cost us the life of a dearly beloved worker. So now in all sections we will constantly monitor all your behaviour to make sure no rats are present. We will spend a huge part of your wages to guard against these rats and o yeah, we plan to hostily take over the catfood factory nextdoor. Against all antitrustrules, but we suspect that this catfood factory is developing rats out of lice and when it turns out they’re not, they were treating their workers shitty anyway.”
You disappointed me in a major way, I will not tolerate your stubborn superpower behaviour any longer. Come on! If you would have chosen for your own foundation, then you really could have had the chance to lead the world into free, democratic place. But now we’re supposed to fight a clash of civilisations against supposedly religiously orientated ‘folks’, contemptuous for facts and rational discussion under the command of a leader who is religiously orientated, with a contempt for facts and rational discussions? O, and good luck with that request from Kerry to unite this mess. It is a matter of time until Bush holds the Supreme Court and adds further to the social unrest by outlawing abortion again. You will become so medieval.
For one second I hesitated to hold the renewed Bush mandate against all americans. And maybe Bush will develop some efforts to please the anti-Bushies in the USA. But the prospective of four years more of the same, prevents me from a moderate view already. And therefore I give you back the American part of my identity and my hope in you as leader of our little planet. Maybe Europe can show the world how it is really done. We have to regain on the military power, but the enlightenment started here in the first place anyway. With a heartfelt Fuck you, I hereby declare that we are no longer all Americans.