Hey there USA,
this is Europe calling. We heard you have a big choice to make on Tuesday and we just wanted to weigh in. The choice you make will not only have a big influence on the future of your country, but your unique position in the world combined with the huge differences between the two candidates and their vision for the future means your decision will also affect our lives and even that of billions of people all around the world. Therefore we feel it's our duty to remind you not to loose sight of some of the big issues at stake.
We know it's not an easy choice you are facing.
It's time for you to make a choice between healthcare for all and healthcare just for the few who can afford it.
It's time for you to make a choice whether women should be worth the same as men or only half as much.
It's time for you to make a choice between the social policies of the 2010's and those of the 1910's.
It's time for you to make a choice whether women's healthcare decisions should be made by the women themselves or by old men stuck in the last century.
It's time for you to make a choice between better jobs or cheaper jobs.
It's time for you to make a choice between paying for medicare by controlling the costs or by sticking the bill to the elderly.
It's time for you to make a choice between a clear vision for the future and a pile of ever-shifting vague promises.
It's time for you to make a choice between investing in the future or investing in the Cayman islands, between the 100% or the 1%, between better education or more profitable education, between reality and a bunch of lies, ...
We have understood (even if we don't understand) that you have a hard time making up your mind, and the final outcome might still be decided by those you call the undecided.
But as your long time friends, we feel that we should remind you of the big issues. The choices listed above will strongly affect your future and that of your children. But there are some issues where your choice will affect more than just your own future. We don't want to tell you what choices to make on national issues, but we feel we must remind you that there is even more at stake here.
First of all, you have to choose between a candidate so popular abroad that we gave him a Nobel peace prize almost on his first day of the job and a candidate that cannot even attend the Olympics without insulting your most loyal ally. We would really prefer you not to elect someone for whom, even though he has no foreign experience, there are almost no countries left that he hasn't offended yet. The fact of the matter is, that the relationship between your country and the rest of the world is crucial for world peace. We might not like it, but we are very much aware of it. Just like we are aware there is a lot of money to be made from war, and just like we are aware which candidate is more likely to choose profit over peace.
Secondly, the climate is a global issue, and before you vote on Tuesday, make sure to consider who would do most to stop Sandy's big brother from coming knocking anytime soon, over there or anywhere else in the world. Your current president hasn't done quite a much as we would like to slow down the burning of fossil fuels, but that is still a huge improvement from his challenger's energy policy which basically is an open invitation to Sandy's and Katrina's bigger brothers, and sisters, and cousins and their whole extended family of climate change consequences to come visit the the Northeast, Florida, The Gulf coast, or any other country for that matter.
Finally, we haven't forgotten what the deregulation and economic policies of the predecessor of your current president did to the world economy, have you? We have our own set of economic problems and the world's largest economy in the world running a few more years of the same mistakes taken to their extreme is the last things the world economy needs right now. And without the USA on board, any chance to stop the banks from playing games with the world economy is sure to fail.
So when making your vote on Tuesday, think about your future, but think about our common future too! The world is watching (and holding it's breath).
Hoping the future will bring us closer together, not take us further apart,