Today candidates must keep silence: it’s too late to campaign and too early to vote. The first pause within the 2-year-long campaign allows me talking of myself instead of them. Actually, I really know what is going on in the head of only one elector. To see into that, I’ll have to start from the beginning.
In England, where the common American is imagined to be a beefy brother-repeater, all the American elections are considered to be “abortion-dedicated”. This is because the question of aborticide soon or late turns out to be in the center of polemics by the candidates, even when there are no females among them. The art of diversion, used as far back as by Hannibal, is done perfectly be the Republicans, as a strategy. The dramatic concept by the party is built on an incidental that substitutes gradually the main subject. In that respect, the American elections remind of the avant-garde theater. In case Laertes becomes the principal character, that’s an inversion of the tragedy, and in case of Rosencrantz it would be a perversion. In American politics, like in a play by Tom Stoppard, the change of perspective enables talking of what one wishes to, without changing the time and place.
During my 30 American years I got accustomed to the situation where the country finds itself to be on the brink of a precipice, once in every 4 years. Right in the heat of campaigning struggle some problem appears suddenly because of which the electors come down at one another furiously. The emotional charge is usually in reciprocal proportion to the topicality of the subject. Sore points turn out to be esoteric, scholastic and exotic questions having no relation to real life. Examples: Can it be allowed to burn the American flag? Should it be discussed the intimate questions with homosexuals who are in the Army? Is it true that the humans evolved from monkeys? Must same-sex marriages be allowed? And of course abortions remain ever-actual topic about which every politician must give one’s detailed opinion.
None of the Presidential campaigns has ever solved any of the above mentioned problems (with the exception of flags, that can be made fire-proof now), and that does not matter. Actually, all that is art for art, questions without answers, the campaigning “coans”, intending to distract our attention with abstract syllogisms. All that might be just skipped over but for the fact the electors take all that seriously, and they define not only their own fates but also mine.
In other words, my discord with the Republicans began with trifles, for actually we have common historical basis – we do not like it when the state interferes in other people’s affaires.
“When the government gives you everything, it may take away everything too” say the Republicans.
Knowing all that from his own experience, my father joined the Republican Party as soon as he got to America. He had been living for too long in a country where the state decided about all the aspects of life. No wonder that my father went for the party that promised to him there would be less of state in his life.
I felt not only with my mind, bus also with my wallet that he was right. It is considered that the power of the Republicans is advantageous for the middle class that benefits more from Washington than gives to it. The rest of Americans, however, do not like their government either, as it, like any other one, does not let them live the way they would love to – without taxes and bureaucracy. Stirring up this inborn antipathy, the Republicans say they want to come to power to reduce it to nothing. As for the Democrats, they are just striving for getting to power. However, there is little difference between the two positions, as getting to the White House, each party does not do what it has promised before, but what it happens to do – starting a war and spending other people’s money.
Another matter is that for the last 8 years the Republicans have been doing it like crazy. Besides, they present their party priorities – from the war to above mentioned abortions - to be the national ones. Such a substitution seems to be risky to me, as the patriotic arguments are only needed by incompetent authority. Every time I see the American flag on the lapel badge of a candidate, I have a wish to check this candidate’s grades in the diploma. Of course, the Democrats are also inclined to rhetoric excitability, but at least they do not teach me how I should live and pray.
That’s not the final reason, however, why I will vote for Obama, but I’m going to do that tomorrow.
I will vote for Obama not because his action plan seems better. I do not believe any candidate, as I know for sure that none of them will be able to do what one promises. Politics is needed not for finding solutions to problems but for enabling us to live with unsolved problems.
I will vote for Obama not even because I like him better. McCain is an idealist, a patrician, a member of American nobility in the best meaning of the word, like Scipio was. I would trust him the past, not the future. McCain knows better what world he wants to see. And Obama knows better what America the world wants to deal with. That means, Obama has more chances to come to agreement with the world.