Friday, September 21, 2012

Re:American Elections- Do I Have a Right to Voice/Blog My Opinion?

As an American expatriate who has never voted in American elections, do I have a right to voice or blog an opinion?

Some people may say that the best way of giving an opinion is actually voting, but I'm not going that route, sorry.  To do it I'd need an American address and in all honesty I don't have one.  My parents have sold their New York home and live in Arizona.

The issue that has been in the news recently about Mitt Romney is his "gaffe" about the problems for Israel if there would be a Palestinian sic state.  Republican candidate for the United States Presidency told the truth about the goal of the so-called "Palestinians." 
Mr Romney is shown saying that Palestinians are "committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel".

"The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace," he says, adding that "the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish".
Why should that be considered a "gaffe?"  It's refreshing and encouraging that Romney sees the world through accurate lenses, unlike most politicians including Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu who thinks that by bending the truth he is a more acceptable leader.  He may be more accepted by the extreme Left Israeli media, but he's not a leader if he follows their lead.

Why is this statement by Romney considered a "gaffe?"  I hope that he stands by it.  Now if Romney stands by his very un-pc, aka not politically correct statement it will show guts, the kind of guts the United States and the world need from an American President. But if Romney starts hemming and hawing and diluting it, then he'd be proving himself no more than any other weak politician.

Unfortunately, most politicians running for office are really chasing polls, trying to manufacture campaign platforms to conform to popular opinion polls.  That makes them followers, not leaders.  That means that they don't have the guts to do what's right.  Their aim is to get elected at any cost.  This is an international problem.  The world is being run by the media, those savvy enough to control the minds of people, yes, very big brother. 

Big Brother's face looms from giant telescreens
 in Victory Square in Michael Radford's
 1984 film adaptation of George Orwell's
Nineteen Eighty-Four.
1984 was over thirty years ago, but the book Nineteen Eighty-Four  is brilliant.  Unfortunately, we're living it now.

Is there a world leader to rescue us?


Anonymous said...

Mitt is not my first choice, however he is better than Obama, but not by much. He is interested in his small cabal of rich blue noses like himself. I will vote for him only because I cannot in good conscience vote for a anti-Israel president who has anti-Semites like Zbigneui Brzizinski, Valerie Jarrett and Samantha Powers giving him counsel. Samantha Powers suggested invading Israel a few years back. Many Jews in Israel vote, and I don't believe they have addresses in the U.S. Are you sure you cannot cast a vote Batya? You are still American, and it is your absolute right unless you gave up your citizenship. Almost all but a handful of the politicians/leaders of the world are self interested and lack leadership abilities. It will take a most genuine, most confident, most moral and righteous person, one who is unconcerned with his colleagues opinions or that of the public. This person will answer to no one - only to G-d.

Anonymous said...

You don't need a US address to vote. See FAQ.

And you should vote!

Batya said...

debby, American elections are a best of two evils choice. If you have any doubts about Obama, read Ruthie Blum's book.
Shy, I guess that voting in foreign elections is just another thing I don't like to do.
I don't want yordim voting in Israeli elections either. It's much too easy. All they have to do is visit at the right time and vote with a valid Teudat Zehut. I don't like that.