Monday, February 11, 2008

If I Were American

I took a quiz here and it told me how closely I agree with the different presidential candidates in the U.S. It turns out I’m a Hillary fan. Here’s how the numbers came out for me.

Clinton — 90.31%
Obama — 88.02%
Huckabee — 70.69%
Romney — 68.10%
McCain — 67.19%
Paul — 64.57%

I know I’m on the left side of the political spectrum. I haven’t followed the races in the U.S. very closely so I didn’t really know who I favoured based on issues or personalities. This quiz puts only 2.29% between Clinton and Obama when it comes to my agreement with them.

I find it very strange how different candidates seem to get support from different segments of society. For instance one gets more hispanic/latino support, another black support, another women’s support, another union support, then the various religious factions and their support. Then it often hinges on personalities and endorsements by various politicians and celebrities.

I wish elections were held, and people's votes were cast, based on a real platform and real issues rather than soundbites and fragmenting the population into various interest groups. Tell me what you're going to do for me, for my country, for my planet. But more importantly tell me what you're going to do for those who can't speak up for themselves, for the ones who need a lot more help than I need, for future generations.

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