Election Day USA
Well today is the day. Have enough Americans seen the light? The Republicans and the Bush Administration have been a disaster for the United States on all fronts. The worst and most emotional is the criminal war in Iraq. The destruction of the American economy with massive debt may the longest lasting disaster. For every resident of the US and those who like to visit that country the loss of civil liberties and the development of the US as a "surveillance society" is most troubling in their daily life.
From the beginning, Canada refused to join the US in it's illegal and criminal war in Iraq, for which we can be dully proud as normally Canada would have stood shoulder to shoulder with our American cousins. We were berated by the US ambassador Cellucci at the time. He question our friendship. What kind of friend would not stand with the US in the war. Everytime I heard his strident remarks I wished I had an opportunity to reply to him. "What kind of friend wants to involve his best friend in an illegal and criminal enterprise.?" History has proved Canada right and the US wrong. It has been a painful thing for those of us who admire much of what the US has been as an ongoing experiment in developing a democratic, humane Society.
In the hands of a corrupt, fascist administration the US has been damaged in ways that will take a generation to overcome. Today, could be the beginning of the turn around if enough Americains have figured out what has been obvious, for a long time, to friends and allies around the World. One can only hope and pray it is.
For me, it will never be right until those responsible for the criminal rule and destruction of the best of America are arrested, tried and imprisoned. Realistically, this is too much top expect. I am sure members of the Bush administration will be too fearful to travel outside the US for within many counties they can be arrested, charged and sent to the International Criminal Court to be tried as war criminals. There is some satisfaction that they will live under a form of "house arrest' for the rest of their lives.
It is worrisome to know that the Democrats have failled to be effective opposition legislators defending the best of the US. Will this election see some quality leadership come to the fore. America needs effective leaders like never before.
Good luck to the Americans. The World is watching and hoping for the best.