Someone the other day asked me why I get involved and support the American politico stuff when I can’t vote.
I said to them, that whilst I can’t raise a dolphin, I can do stuff to support it in its natural habitat. After I said this, I had to mull it over for a while, but I think that analogy kind of works 😉 .
The way I feel is that I can make a small difference whilst I’m out here in the USA getting involved, supporting my friends and those I believe in. If I just sat there on my sofa, stuffing my face with popcorn, watching whatever trash TV there is, then I think it would be a waste of living out here.
Plus, let me tell you this: the folks I have met have been amazeballs, and the vibe and anticipation is incredible.
I’m really not sure about the kind of people I would meet in the UK if I got involved in this sort of stuff, but last night I sat next to a USA high school kid who was very charming, dapper, funny, articulate, mature and engaging. He made an impression on me, and I’ll watch out for him because I think he’s going to be a big deal when he comes out of Princeton.
So, what was I doing last night? Phonebanking, which is like campaign cold calling to see if voters support the people I’m calling about.
I was a little skeptical about taking part in this, for several reasons:
a) My British accent. If some British bird calls up an American household it can be rather disconcerting as to why a British person is calling you at all, let alone to ask you about whether you are supporting particular political candidates. I usually get a ‘pardon’ straight away after I’ve spoken to anyone, because they’re taken aback at my accent. Sigh. 😉
b) My ‘sultry’ British accent. When I speak all right and proper on the phone I use my rather sultry posh tone, where I sit my voice back in my throat. I don’t know why I do this, it just happens. I think it means I enunciate more clearly. Anyway, last night a woman answered the phone and I had to ask for her husband and I swear to God she thought I was a caller from some adult hotline. Bet she was ready to give him a right bollocking!
What a beautiful Fall day in Downtown Columbia, MD. Wowsers!
How’s that Autumn doing in the UK, chaps?!
Don’t you think the American political system is almost broken beyond repair at the moment? We have pretty big stakes elections here in CO in November: Governor, Senator; State Senators and quite honestly I am thoroughly sick and tired of the partisan attack ads on TV and in my mailbox every day. I have looked at all of the candidates and decided that quite honestly none of them are worth my vote and the only things I will vote on are the state amendments that will affect daily living here – and even those ads from the for and against sides annoy the crap out of me. The US desperately needs a viable third party candidate that will bring together the moderates from both sides and the independent voters (like myself), but until then I refuse to vote for either side and their extreme policies. Wow! Time to get off the soap box, this isn’t Speakers Corner in Hyde Park!
I despise those ads on the radio or TV where they’re just slagging each other off. Is that really how we teach our children to treat each other? I think that might be called bullying…
Always welcome to have your say, Andy! 🙂
I agree with both of you! Happens here in North Carolina and I feel the same way about my vote. We have a big race too on November 4th, and the slagging is even coming over the internet when I check my email….really?
Speaking of your accent…
I found this great video on one of your favorite topics: http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2014/10/17/why-brits-and-americans-spell-differently/
Congratulations on your 500th post!
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