Here in Singapore, we know very little about what it means to be active citizens. While it is all well and good to blame the government for it, I think it is very much a cultural thing. We just don’t have the habit of directly questioning people in power, preferring instead to engage in passive aggressive grumbling. The avenues do exist in Singapore for responsible citizens to speak up about issues that matter to them, and the processes are in place for anyone who is able and willing to stand up at election time and be counted. We in Singapore are fond of decrying the methods used during campaign time of throwing the book at anyone who speaks out against the political monolith, but politics is dirty work. Anyone who wants to build a credible campaign has to be prepared for that.
This is very much my opinion. As I am fond of saying: my blog, my say! The comments section exists for you to air your views about what I say, and you can feel free to disagree with me, responsibly and carefully!
Anyway, all this was just a preamble to the main story of the day: the American elections. In the Vadrevu household, this is serious business, mainly because Mr V is very caught up in the numbers- how many states each candidate has won, how many delegates in each state, projections about the future… you name it, he’s tabulated it. His is a diet of CNN updates and political broadcasts. For those of you who are wondering what all the fuss is about, you should know that whoever leads America has a huge say in what goes on in the rest of the world. One man, voted in twice by a population that should have known better, was able to plunge almost a whole region into war. The ramifications of this hurried and irrational decision are still being felt all over the world. So I think you should care who leads America.
In my house we are rooting for Hillary Clinton. It has nothing to do with the fact that she is a woman. My husband is enough of a traditionalist that her gender would actually work against her in his eyes were he not convinced that she is perfect for the job. She has experience and wisdom, intellect and emotion. She has her faults, as does everyone, but her faults will not, we feel, plunge America (and by extension the rest of the world) into war. In the last election, we were impressed by Obama, who spoke at the Democrat convention. At that time we supported John Kerry, and were really disappointed when he lost. Obama is certainly a man to watch, but we feel his time has not come yet. Maybe next election. That said, as long as the Democrats win the Presidential elections in January next year, I think the world has a chance.
I have a couple of questions for you:
Do you know the different stages in the run-up to the Presidential elections in America?
Which stage is going on right now?
Who are the frontrunners in the Presidential race?
What are their main theories about how the country should be run?
Here is the challenge I’d like to throw to you- find out the answers to any or all of these questions and post a comment. Let’s see who’s first!
Check out this link for regular updates:
Also try wikipedia for basic information about the democratic process, the American electoral system, and the main parties involved.