Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

LIBG Forum on the US Elections

Posted by jonathanfryer on Monday, 6th October, 2008

A dismayingly large percentage of the British electorate has shown little inclination to turn out in recent elections, but I suspect that several millions would just love to have a vote in the US presidential election next month. There is a rational case to make that the result of that contest will have more of an impact on our lives than many of the votes we are able to take part in. So it was maybe not surprising that the Forum on the US elections Liberal International British Group (LIBG) put on at the National Liberal Club tonight attracted a capicty audience; in fact, there were even people standing at the back.

We had a great line-up of speakers: Bill Barnard, Chairman of Democrats Abroad, (Lord) Chris Rennard, Chief Executive of the Liberal Democrats (who gave a most entertaining account of gate-crashing events at the recent Denver Democrat Convention) and Nick Childs, former Washington correspondent and now political correspondent of the BBC Wotld Service. There is little doubt that if Brits — indeed, almost any other nationality — could vote, Barack Obama would win by a landslide. But we can’t. And the Sarah Palin phenomenon, which leaves most Europeans open-mouthed with disbelief, taps into a certain genuine American small-town conservative religious vein. The contest is far from over. I suspect that far more Brits will be sitting up to watch the results on US election night next month than at any other previous US presidential contest.

Link: www.libg.org.uk

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2 Responses to “LIBG Forum on the US Elections”

  1. Luis Vega said

    “There is little doubt if Brits — indeed, almost any other nationality — could vote, Barack Obama would win by a landslide. But we can’t. I suspect far more Brits will be sitting up to watch the results on US election night next month than at any other previous US presidential contest,” you write and it’s true.

    Although you admit Brits – or any other foreigner – cannot vote in the American presidential election, basing only the selection of the next president on the health of Wall Street makes us vulnerable to enemies (foreign or domestic) trying to influence the election by withdrawing investments in the Stock Market. Literally taking the American economy hostage gifting it to the Left: To Obama.

    If this “Veganalysis” prove accurate it would set a dangerous precent for America, and the world. Since not only does one need to be an American citizen to contribute to political campaigns, but there is a monetary limit to how much an American citizen can contribute to a candidate. There is no financial limit to how much money anyone can invest (or withdraw) from the Stock Market in spite of the fact shaky economic times favors Democrats. Dangerous, indeed.

    It would be a masterful stroke of genius, one American voters (Joe ‘The Plumber’) cannnot afford to let happen. Since it would set a very bad precedent for the nation and the world. As any wealthy global organization (or country) can decide who the next president of the United States of America will be; and make a big profit doing it as well. Unacceptable and unAmerican.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome

  2. C said

    Hello,
    I am a french woman, leaving in France, and I am married to an American. I just want to say that people should really vote for Obama. He represents hope for the entire world.
    Everybody around the world is for Obama. Here in France, if people could vote, Obama would get 86.2 %.
    It could change a lot of things. Imagine, with the image Americans have abroad, if they were electing a black president, it would be wonderful. And maybe the US would have less risks of attacks because people would change their mind about Americans. They would think that you guys realised that 8 years of republicans is enough, as it was a complete disaster for the entire world.
    Don’t forget that the world crisis that is happening right now is due to republicans. Even us in France are touched by this crisis.
    Plus all the rest (Irak war, subprimes,etc…)
    If a republican is elected again, in the entire world people will really think americans are dumb for re-electing people who caused all these problems.

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