The US election is commonly featured in media even here in Europe. Partly, that’s odd – a lot of people could care less. Partly, it’s obvious – a lot of people really do care. Personally, I find it entertaining and enlightening. I enjoy following it.
What I don’t like and what most Europeans probably find very strange (and even disturbing) are two of the main issues debated in this election: abortion and homosexual marriages. At least here in Sweden it’s a common belief that in America, people hold their freedom very dear and consider their country great because they have it. What freedom? I dare to say that many European countries have more freedom than the US – the same freedom of speech, the same public rights, but on top of that also a very open view on abortion and – most important in this case – a more open view on gay marriage. More freedom, and more equality.
Especially the latter of the two issues might not be true in most European countries. I have to admit, I’m not fully up to date on it. But it is in the north. And I’m crossing my fingers that it will be in for example the UK, who are getting there, very soon.
I neither can nor want to vote in the american election. But if I did, my vote would be on the democrats. A vote on anyone else would be a vote for a country run by religion rather the actual interests of the people. It would be a vote against freedom and equality.