I want to preface what I'm about to say with this: I am not anti-American. Like most people living in the greater western world, I have grown up immersed in many aspects of American culture. I spent my teenage years on the Northern Beaches, living in Mona Vale and going to school in Manly. I was pretty much listening to the same music, wearing the same clothes and watching the same television as the kids growing in, lets say, California. I was a huge Kiss fan, as well as Cheap Trick and Van Halen, I rode a skateboard everywhere, I lived for long summer days at the beach and I watched shows like The A Team, S.W.A.T. and Starsky and Hutch. Sure, I also have plenty of Australian cultural reference points, probably more than I do American, but I trying to make a point. I would like to thank Amercia for Chevrolets, Fastback Mustangs, Rock and Roll, Rap, Hip Hop, too many wonderful movies and t.v. shows to name. There are many other things, which we all take for granted, that we pretty much owe to American ingenuity and know-how.
I don't understand what has happened in America today. I felt sure George Bush was destined for the farm, whoops, ranch in Texas? Yet he seems to have won so convincingly. After John Howard was elected here, I was still hoping Americans would see the light and burn Bush. I thought Mike Moore's campaign alone would be more than enough to tip the scales (although I have to go on record as saying his sanctimonious yet self-deprecating ways sometimes make me want to gag). I read about the Yes, Bush Can campaign that changed to No, Bush Can't halfway through because of how many disgruntled American voters they had met. Yet Dubya still won by a proverbial landslide. Was the voting rigged? Did they somehow tape into the average American subconcious with secret pointy weapons of mind-control? Come on, help me out. I'd really like to hear what others, particularly American voters, are thinking.