Saturday, November 11, 2006

Here's to you "One Worlders"!

Time to Open a Dialogue With the Rest of the World

World Welcomes Shift in U.S. Politics:

The electoral rebuke for President Bush and the resignation of his defense secretary, both deeply unpopular away from American shores over the Iraq war, was celebrated throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Was there music at this celebration? You know, I'm not a huge fan of country music, but I've always liked Johnny Cash.


He was kind of a rebel.

In Paris, American expatriates and French citizens alike packed the city's main American haunts to watch results overnight and early Wednesday, with some standing to cheer or boo as vote tabulations came in.

One Frenchman, 53-year-old teacher Jean-Pierre Charpemtrat, said it was about time U.S. voters figured out what much of the rest of the world already knew.

"Americans are realizing that you can't found the politics of a country on patriotic passion and reflexes," he said. "You can't fool everybody all the time _ and I think that's what Bush and his administration are learning today."

Hey, Pierre, you're French, right? So you must be into art n'stuff. Have you seen this?


I think DaVinci painted that. It's one of my favorites.

In Copenhagen, Denmark, Jens Langfeldt, 35, said he didn't know much about the midterm elections but was opposed to Bush, referring to the president as "that cowboy."

Now, it's true that Bush lived in Texas, but he's not really what you'd call a "cowboy." Check this guy out:


Now, that's a cowboy.

Passions were even higher in Pakistan, where Bush is deeply unpopular despite billions in aid and support for President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

One opposition lawmaker, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, said he welcomed the election result, but was hoping for more. Bush "deserves to be removed, put on trial and given a Saddam-like death sentence," he said.

I don't speak Urdu or whatever, so let me respond to Mr. Ahmed using the international sign for mutual respect.


In an extraordinary joint statement, more than 200 Socialist members of the European Parliament hailed the American election results as "the beginning of the end of a six-year nightmare for the world."

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has consistently railed against the Bush administration, called the election "a reprisal vote."

We as a country certainly have our differences with the Socialist members of the EU, and with Mr. Chavez, but I think it's time we try to find some common ground, so on behalf of the good people of the United States, I salute you, gentlemen.


Let's try to make this work - for the kids.


They deserve nothing less.

"Bite me!"
Well, most of them do, anyway.