Friday, September 24, 2004

No Whining

If there is one thing that gets on my nerves, it's whining. So when I read this article about how people in other countries are whining because they aren't allowed to vote in our elections, my blood pressure went up. Where on earth do people get this idea that they are entitled to vote on everything that affects them? Oh yeah... they get it from AMERICA.

You aren't entitled to have a say just because you exist. There are plenty of things in the world that we can't all be in control of. I bet there's millions of people who would have voted against Hurricane Ivan, for example. Unfortunately they don't get to vote on that. Fortunately for Americans, we do have a mechanism by which people get to vote on some of the things that affect their lives, and that is what makes America so great. If you want to vote in the elections of the greatest country on earth, frick'n move there and become a citizen.

UPDATE: I don't usually e-mail authors of articles I read, but this one had me so steamed that I sent this:

The world is not entitled to vote in American elections, Americans are. Therefore if you want to vote in American elections, it's simple: all you have to do is become an American. The nice thing about America is that we tend to accept just about anybody who wants to be an American, so long as they emigrate legally.

The Iraqis, I'm sure, would dearly love to vote on issues that affect their future. And now they can-- thanks to us damn lousy Americans. The British, French, Germans, and Japanese get to vote in their countries too, thanks to us lousy damn Americans. But I guess no good deed goes unpunished, since you seem to be whining that us damn lousy Americans are keeping a monopoly on American power. What, did you expect that after we saved you guys from fascism and defended to the death your right to vote, that we would then generously give you our right to vote as well?

The world is entitled to democracy. Americans are seeing to that right now, just as we have for the last 100 years. When you whine that it's just not enough, you sound like my four-year-old son whining that he's entitled to his sister's candy bar as well as his own.

[Wacky Hermit]
Proud American Citizen