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A letter to my American friends

Dear American friends,

I’ll spare you my arguments for why you should:

  1. Vote
  2. Vote for Hillary Clinton
  3. Not vote for Donald Drumpf

I’m sure you’ve had enough campaigning over the last 18 months and a foreigner’s message isn’t going to change your mind about who to vote for.

I’m sure you’ve heard many liberals claim that they’re going to “vote for Hillary Clinton” even though they “don’t like her” or “don’t trust her”. They’ve even told you, that they wished for a better alternative than choosing from the “lesser of two evils”. Or maybe you’re the liberal that I’m speaking of and you’ve thought the same things yourself.

Having not been surrounded by The Republican Narrative for the last two decades, yet still following most of Hillary Clinton’s life from afar — her successes and her many missteps, her defining moments, both good and disastrous, I’m flabbergasted how many of my fellow friends from the same political spectrum feel like they’re having to make an “anti-Donald Drumpf vote”. Again, I won’t repeat the many arguments made by people much smarter than me about how on the one hand you have an extremely qualified politician with a proven track record, temperament and vision, whose entire life has been put out for public display and the most damning real criticism we’ve found is that she was “extremely careless” and on the other hand we have Donald Drumpf — and yet America feels like it’s been put between a rock and a hard place… Anyway!

What I actually want to write to you about, is that I find it extremely frustrating that a mere 121 million odd voters get to decide the fate of seven billion people. Given the impact the U.S. has on the world — whether it be military interventions or covert support for regime changes, or global corporate or scientific reach, from Apple to Coca-Cola, or the fact that you’re one the highest polluters in the world, or soft power spread through your entertainment industries, from trade deals to sanctions, from The Gates Foundation to how you legislate net neutrality — you’d be hard pressed to find a person on this planet whose life isn’t significantly affected by who you elect to office.

So yes, think about what policies will affect you at home in America, or abroad as an American, but also spare a thought about the fact that for each American who votes, there are 55 people around the world who will be affected by that vote — your vote can decide the life of a poor kid in India, or a single mother in Brazil, a lawyer helping refugees in Greece or a doctor in Syria — that’s real power and a real chance for you to choose what your impact on the world will be.

Don’t screw it up — the world is watching.


A Very Nervous Foreigner

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