Daily prompt: Pardon me for bludgeoning you, but…


Dear Americans – ‘keepers of the flame of liberty’, political, cultural and intellectual leaders of the world – at this moment more than any other in your history, it is time to realise that these are not simply pretty concepts that make you feel good.

I know you are proud of being American: proud of your position in the world. And rightly so. But everything comes at a price and world leadership is no exception. It is a serious reality that you have chosen to take upon yourselves, and in so choosing, you must also accept the heavy and inescapable responsibilities it entails.

It is therefore not good enough to regard your upcoming elections with such apathy, ignorance or hostility that you fail to vote. You live in a democracy – government by the people.  You choose by a majority vote the members of your governing body, and who you choose will affect the rest of the world directly and indirectly for years to come. You may not like this responsibility, but frankly, that’s just too bad. You like the pride in your nation well enough. You can’t have one without the other.

You owe it to the rest of us to put your money where your mouth is, and VOTE.


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9 Responses to Daily prompt: Pardon me for bludgeoning you, but…

  1. Relax... says:

    I’m purposely voting against the narcissistic lounge lizard. So is most of my family. It’s shocking and surreal that this is the best we can do this time. America is broken.

  2. rugby843 says:

    Problem is choices are terrible.

  3. AprilEsutton says:

    America is greater together. Isolationism is not a good choice for anyone.

  4. You are so right. Argued with a moron last night over whether voting was a “right” or a “duty” — of course, I don’t think it’s an either/or thing and I regard it as a duty otherwise it’s not government of, by and for the people, but she’s an idiot and didn’t understand anything. She’s also voting for The Donald because she wants a “clean sweep” in Washington to get rid of political corruption like the Clintons. Hitler did a good job in his time making a clean sweep of the most beautiful Constitutions written in the 20th century. I’m so sick of ignorance and stupidity…


    I don’t think most Americans see themselves as living in an international community. When the World Trade Center was attacked, it unleashed a real-live version of “The Krikkit Wars.” I hope you’ve read Douglas Adams.

  5. Heard a man the other day say the government doesn’t matter, because the American people are the true rulers. Not sure how he thought that worked.
    It really makes me angry that people don’t bother voting. Democracy is a privilege that people around the world die trying to achieve, and that those who have it treat in such a cavalier fashion is a disgrace and an insult. As I’ve no doubt said before, voting here is compulsory and I see nothing wrong with that. Even if the odd person turns up to the polls and writes ‘to hell with the lot of you’ across the ballot paper, at least they’ve thought about it.
    I also think you’re right about Americans not seeing themselves as part of the international community. The impression I have is that the majority think other countries and other cultures are quaint at best and not worth bothering about, which is pretty tragic for a lot of reasons that I know you know. Not least of which is that the rest of the world isn’t going to tolerate it forever, and if Trump gets in, the US might find itself isolated by more than just internal policy.

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