Usually I try to avoid writing a “political” post, but after being asked countless times first if I am able to vote from abroad for the November election and second WHO am I going to vote for. I usually try to keep the political conversation to a minimum. Yes I am able to vote via absentee ballot and I am not going to disclose in this post who I am going to vote for. Especially since my vote does not really count to begin with. I am voting because it is my right as a citizen of the United States. The winner is based on the votes of the ELECTORAL COLLEGE and not really BY THE PEOPLE. Do I think this is correct, that I as an average American citizen, even if I live abroad, vote and for the electors, who in turn may or may not vote for the candidate in question, no.
United States Presidential Election 2008
In the Electoral College, each state has a number of electors based on the number of Senators and Representatives in the United States Congress. So basically the smaller the state, the less electoral votes. South Dakota, for example, has only three electoral votes.
I was doing some blog reading this morning and came across a wonderful post on one of the blogs I read. “How Bush got elected twice (The Electoral College for Dummies)”. I highly suggest reading it.
Yes I am a proud citizen of the United States of America, I admit that. But I am not the flag-waving type nor do I have the United States flag tattooed on my forehead. If you drive by my apartment, you will not see the United States flag hanging off my balcony. My country of birth, the United States of America, is far from perfect, but what country is?
This then leads to another question that I have been asked several times in the last six and a half years that I have been living in Italy, is if I like living in Italy. But it is the WAY the question is asked by the locals. It is asked in such a way that the person asking is implying “Do you prefer living in Italy?” and expects the answer “Yes” and they are rather shocked when they do not get the answer they were expecting. I always respond, “It is different. There is now way to compare the two countries. It would be like comparing apples and oranges. But are fruits, but that is where the similarities end.” There are positives and negatives about Italy and the United States. One country is not superior to the other. Get over it and accept that fact.