I got all ranty about the Presidential Elections in a private mail I was writing to someone I've been corresponding with in the States. There is still a lot of undecided opinion amongst voters in the US, and the election could really swing either way (not taking into account any 'voting irregularities that may occur...).
Anyway, after I ranted, I felt I'd post the politically section of it here to so I could blow off some mroe steam :-p
Re politics: There are scales of fuck-ups. Unfortunately I feel that that Bush Jnr and his current crop of Republican henchmen are very much only out for their own interests and those of their main sponsors. As horrible as 9/11 was it opened the way for a new international co-operation and togetherness. Pretty much every country under the sun offered very sincere condolences and offered help - even countries such as Iran. Bush managed to turn these worldwide sympathies into an even greater hatred for America. This dislike has not only come from the areas of the world that America has traditionally been at odds with but even amongst some of its closest allies.
Hell, the majority of the population of the UK think Bush is a religious madman and would love to see him replaced. Poor old Tony Blair has had no end of a hard time about his relationship with Bush and when Bush came to visit earlier this year he was greeted with so many demonstrations and protests that the only time he actually 'greeted the public' was a prearranged and heavily secured 'country pub lunch' in some out of the way village.
Kerry is not perfect by any means. But he is still a lot better than Bush and co. America not only needs to rebuild herself internally (and start addressing some of those internal problems that have been ignored for years spanning both Republican and Democrat governments) but needs to rebuild her reputation on the international scene. At the moment America's actions, through George Bush Jnr, are causing more people to side with her enemies and is damaging what was previously some very close relationships with her friends. The Iraq situation was a complete screw-up from day one. And it wasn't helped by using false information and lying to bodies such as the United Nations. A lot of people have pity (possibly misplaced) with Colin Powell as they feel he was used by Bush/Rumsfeld/Cheney.
Personally I really, really do hope that Kerry is elected. I feel it opens the door for America to regain a lot of its standing, and respect. in the international community. It will be a long time before the scars heal both abroad, and at home, but given the right attention they will start to heal.
Realistically, I'm expecting Bush to get back in for a second term. Maybe not because he is 'elected' by the most votes but because he wins the election. I think the 2000 election was won by the democrats and I think the 2004 election will be also. I do, however, feel you'll still have a Republican President for another few years.
I just pray to every single motherf**king god out there that he doesn't lead us even further into hell.
Sorry to be intense, but I really do think that this is one of the most important elections the world has ever seen. This election will decide the next fews years policy and will reach out for decades beyond that.
On one hand I wish I was American so I could exercise my voting right. On the other hand I am so glad I'm not as seeing my country travel headfirst, and at gathering speed, into global insecurity, conflict and paranoia without being able to prevent it would hurt more than words.
OK, I may not have played the Cam for a couple of years since Merrick continued his journey without me in the form of an NPC but a few people still remember him (and me:P).
So, ask me any question you'd like to know about Merrick. I'll answer truthfully although obviously you won't be able to use any of the info in-game :-p