Thursday, October 16, 2008
America the Smug
I'd not seen this poster before, so Brad's post about typefaces was the first time I'd encountered it.
Let me first say that I want Obama to win the election, because he's a Democrat, and he's not McCain OR Sarah Palin OR George Bush, and because he seems to represent the change that the world, and america desperately needs right now because he's not George Bush, and because he isn't a Republican. Despite my belief that whoever's at the top isn't going to really have any tangible difference in anyone's day to day life and that all politicians are kind of inherently the same. But yeah, Obama ftw and all.
BUT. Wtf is that- America is the only country where his 'story' is possible? What story exactly? That he's black and is running for president? Mate, there are plenty of countries across the globe with black heads of state, which he ISN'T (yet, fingers crossed), and far more politicians and community leaders that are also black. There have been five women black heads of state! (thanks google!) in countries far less quasi-of-the-people-y than America.
So A: this isn't some america only thing,
and B: even if it was, other people have done it already anyway.
This isn't some screed against Obama though really. He honestly seems like a nice chap and everything. What irritates me so is this insistence America, and Americans have in believing that it somehow invented the concept of democracy, and are the only people to ever use it. Democracy was invented before America was even 'discovered' for fucks sake! It's a pretty common concept around the world, used in pretty much every single elected government in existence in the world. And furthermore! How can america STILL be so 'land of the freeeeeeeeeinyourface,world!' when the last two elections were so marred by blatant vote fudging and corruption?
So yeah. Stop acting like you came up with this great 'fair' system when you fucking didn't, Americaland.
(ps, can I also say that I do like americans and america and everything, its just the smuggery that bugs me. Please don't hate me, my US friends!)
(pps, I also am aware that this is the kind of thing people running for president have to say because they want people to vote for them who are all 'youu ess ay! youu ess ay!'...)
before anyone starts yacking on about the 'American Dream', can I please tell you to fuck the fuck off because it's bullshit. There is no American Dream. It was a lie sold to the people to keep everyone working hard and not complaining too loud.
at 1:07 am