Maybe it’s just a different perspective. Our friends are American, born and bred. We live in Israel, where we made the deliberate choice to uproot from family, friends and the english language to move literally home.

We are businessmen, teachers, real estate moguls, professors, lawyers, moms and dads. We encourage our kids to realize their civic duty as conscientious citizens. This includes voting on election day, and this year we had a whopping two in eight days. Last Tuesday, elections in Israel for mayor and more. This week, the infamous mid-terms.

We vote like you do, for the agendas that concern us. We pay taxes like you do, may I add. And we are not afraid to choose one or two issues on which to test our candidates.

What we are not, living in Israel during election campaigns, is inundated with television spots, targeted social-media ad buys, and lawn signs. One could argue that this leaves us less informed. I’d like to think it makes us all the more wiser. We have to look for our news, read various polls and pundits, literally make up our own minds about each candidate.

Remember when our parents and grandparents probably voted that way? Plus perhaps a mailer or two, inserted in the mailbox. We aren’t going back to those days, but ex-pats and overseas voters are a good test case for civic-minded action. We take the extra step to register to vote from overseas, in most states for each and every election. And this year in particular, we were more or less immune to the twitter-wars and comedy-sketches that influenced so many.

Try to leave out the hype next time, and go direct. Attend a meeting with your local candidate. Get to know the party platforms and read up on personal voting records, without the hyperbole of divisiveness. You just might be surprised at how clearly one candidate or the other lives up to your expectations.

Feel free to clap if you endorse democracy and the American way.