Trip Start Jul 05, 2012
45Trip End Oct 24, 2012
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I think I may be a Republican. I am worried if Lara will still love me, perhaps even still like me if she finds out. I am in the closet.
But thanks to the Democratic Convention superseding the Republican Convention, I think that I am cured of the possibility of such an affliction. Now my only problem is the Hantavirus plague that was ignited in Yosemite in tents 54 and 55, the next aisle down.
Seriously, we have had great fun the last two weeks following the Republican and Democrat conventions. At first, I found myself seeing the view of an economic conservative. Though the social views of the Republicans, and Romney speak scared the shit out of me: A world of no more stem cell research; a bigger and more brutal armed forces picking new fights with old foes, Russia and Iraq. There was a time when I was asking myself how does an American economic conservative and social liberal vote - Perhaps, there is a gap for a new party. But fear not, Bill turned me, and Barak cemented it.
Bill gave economic facts, or rather an depth analysis. Starting with a headliner, pausing and then challenging the audience not to be happy with just that one-liner, he went into some depth that the Republicans never offered. Barak offered a view of the new west that needed to forego the competition for cheap manufacturing, but rather find a new world market in green and sustainable initiatives that surely will become a new industry. A vision that definitely struck a cord with me. If America is indeed going to remain a super power, and I do feel that they are on a precipice, they are going to have to find these new industries. Taking the Republicans approach will only be flogging old ways, ultimately leading in a steady decline even if there are some upswing ripples. Knowledge worker and information technology is going to need to be replaced with Genome Technician, 3D printing, nanotechnology and the Green Overall worker. This is not about saving the planet. Perhaps you may know my view on this - The planet has never needed saving, only Homio Sapiens, if you think that they are worthy. Raher, this about a ground swelling of what people want, matched by what people can get, with a little effort applied.
I have come to the conclusion that this is a turning point for the USA. I have felt that since Gore's defeat we have lived in a parallel universe - a worse one. Another few votes and we would not have had the religious polarization, the wars and recession. On this trip Julian asked me who was the baddest person in the whole world. Before remembering where I was, I answered 'Bush'. Perhaps a Gore win then would not have had the momentum to have sustained the USA on the path they needed to go, nor the leadership to have articulated the picture and laid a track from whence there was no return.
4 more years, 4 more years, 4 more years, 4 more years
USA, USA, USA, USA
Before I leave you thinking I am totally brain washed or never coming home, the piece that I love the most, is that I find it impossible to reconcile how a party can hold a banner of conservatism as a positive mantle. I like it that I can never see a day where a Conservative Party in South Africa can ever stand strong nor stand for anything good.