Thursday, April 10, 2008
Hillary: An International Candidate?
I read today that Elton John raised $2.5 million for Hillary's presidential campaign. Elton says that he is amazed at the misogynistic (woman hating) attitudes of some people in our country. Elton says he's always been a supporter of Hillary's and feels there's nobody better qualified to lead this country. Ummmmm....he is British, right? I mean, Elton, while having a home in Atlanta (I think), is still a citizen of the United Kingdom, is that not correct? So why is he raising money for a U.S. Presidential candidate? I get how what happens in American politics can and does affect the rest of the world, but it feels a little strange to have a non-American involve himself so heavily in American politics. Now don't start thinking I'm a xenophobe! I'm a lot of things, but I don't believe that's one of them. I love learning about different cultures and customs. I love how we can have so many differences across the globe and yet be so much alike in other aspects. That totally fascinates me. And I certainly love the British people and culture. I truly, truly do. Sophie, Mary, Jayne and all the rest of my British blogging buddies hold a special place in my heart and mind. You guys are great, you're fun, you're intelligent, you're compassionate....you're all just wonderful people to know. However, no matter how much I love interacting with my fine British friends, I, quite frankly, think I should leave the election of their leaders to them. I would never presume to know more about what direction their country should go in than they do. The absolute only thing I care about when it comes to anybody's elections is that they are free and democratic and without fear or intimidation. Am I wrong to feel like that? Do all of you think it's okay for a person of a different nationality to raise money for a particular American candidate? Would it be as acceptable for an American to endorse and raise money for a candidate in another country? Has that happened? Do Americans campaign for certain candidates in other countries? I must admit, I'm a bit cloistered here in the states and don't know about what goes on in your countries during elections. Fill me in! Tell me if this sort of thing actually does happen. I'd be very interested in knowing. I'd also be very embarrassed and outraged to think of a George Clooney hanging out in Europe somewhere trying to convince people of another country to vote for this guy or that. As you all know, I'm not a big fan of "Hollywood" endorsements anyway. I'm constantly amazed at how much credence we give to people who earn a living entertaining us, with music or acting or athletic ability. I know, I know. I harp on this. But it simply boggles the mind how much weight modern society gives to the opinions of the pretenders and the players. I don't believe they are "less" than us mere mortals or that their opinions are of less value than ours. I just sure as hell don't think they're more valuable, that's all.