“As a Brit, who are you voting for in the Election?” – A question I was recently asked. This then led into me having to explain that even though the US government recognises that I live here, I actually have no say in the way the country is run, regardless of how long I live here…unless I go for the citizenship test. Whoever America votes for I just have to suck it up and deal with it.
But truth be told, I don’t know who I would vote for anyway. From what I’ve seen the whole thing is a bit of a joke. It’s going the same way as the Brexit campaign. Rather than the candidates actually explaining what they plan on doing for the country and normal working class citizens like myself, they just seem to want to make personal comments on the capabilities of their opposition. Not really very helpful.
Even my town seems split in the decision. On one side of the road there’s a house with a Trump sign in the front garden…the house directly opposite has a Clinton one!
There’s no doubt that an awful lot of money has been put into the election. Both State and Country campaigns. The TV has ENDLESS adverts and it’s been that way for at least the last month and there’s still a few weeks to go. I swear if I hear “I’m [fill in blank here…both name, first and last] and I approve this message”, I think I might smash my head against the wall.
My mail box has also been taking a battering. In the past 2 weeks alone, I have received 18 candidate flyers. There’s been more, but they ended up as fuel for the barbecue…The picture below shows the flyers I have received. The pile on the left were sent from the opposing party, basically slating their opposition, the THREE on the right are from the candidate themselves purely talking about their own policies.
Here are some quotes to give you an idea of what’s been clogging up my mail box and killing poor trees.
Hillary Clinton hasn’t kept us safe from Isis. And she won’t in the White House. Donald Trump will Defeat Isis once and for all. – Paid for by Republican Party
Yet the flyer then only goes on to say how he’ll protect the borders…that’s hardly defeating Isis…
HIllary Clinton is FOR SALE to the highest bidder – Paid for by the Republican National Committee
…Another ‘Vote Trump’
Hillary Clinton wants to make it harder for law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families – Paid for the Republican National Committee
…oh and another ‘Vote Trump’
Defend your freedoms! Defeat Hillary Clinton! – Paid for by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action
Unless they all came before I started keeping them and ended up on a barbecue, there are none that actually attack Trump or even advertise Clinton’s campaigns. Clinton definitely seems to be more focused on the Tv based adverts rather than the paper junk mail versions.
Now for a few Iowa State quotes…
Shannon Lundgren: The Wrong Way on Healthcare – Paid for by Democratic Party
And now the opposition biting back on the above quote…
Tom Stecher’s support for Obamacare is wrong for Iowa – Paid for by Republican Party
So both are wrong?
Have you seen the shower Rod Blum took in Washington? – Paid for by End Citizens United
…all about showering millionaires with tax breaks and yes the flyer makes you open the door of a shower but thankfully he’s clothed. This one was definitely the most inventive…
The main mail campaign subjects seem to be mostly on gun laws. There’s one immigration one, the one on millionaire taxes, a couple on healthcare and whether or not Obamacare is right or wrong (if I was going to vote on anything, I’d like my health insurance bill cut at LEAST in half…’affordable healthcare’ America is definitely not.) and then localised there are a couple about education and care for the elderly. In the UK, leading up to elections there will tend to be flyers that state SEVERAL different campaign points all in one go. In the USA, there seems to be a different flyer for each point. It gets kinda confusing trying to keep track of who wants what!
Please note that I am not a supporter of a certain party. This is purely my outlook on the situation from an Expat’s point of view and how the election comes across to an ‘outsider’. I’m Switzerland – I’m neutral 🙂 As mentioned at the beginning of the post, I’m a permanent resident of the USA and unable to vote in US elections.