Now I will tell you my experience with Australians has been a very interesting one. During my time in Nantong, one of my closest friends was an “Aussie” named Allison. An older yet still very attractive and high spirited woman who bailed me out of a variety of jams when I needed assistance. We had an interesting relationship, jokingly I always called her my “Mrs. Robinson”, a reference to the cult classic “The Graduate”, but I have lost contact with her since I left China. Last I heard she was teaching in Chengdu, one of the areas that was hit by the earthquake last year. I will never forget the time she helped me get money when was practically penny-less in Beijing during the Christmas holidays. I will also never forget the support she offered after my laptop was stolen from my apartment during the same trip, offering me the fold out bed in her apartment. What I learned from her as well as the other Australian teachers was that the average “Aussie” was an interesting character. While not always politically correct, you could always trust them to tell you the straight truth, no matter how ugly it was.
Once again, I will repeat, you could always trust that an Aussie would tell you the straight truth, no fluff, no holding back, the unspun God’s honest truth. In the political climate we find ourselves, it is upsetting to see how many people have “drunk the Kool-Aid” and thrown unwavering support behind Barack Obama. We turn on the TV and find CNN, MSNBC and now CBS telling us how great he is, and we start to wonder whether or not we are the ones who are wrong and it is the brainwashed supporters who have it right. It is nice to see that in our “lunacy” isn’t self contained, and it is nice to read posts like this one from riverdaughter about how Democrats will vote for John McCain, but these voices are usually silenced by “The One’s” zealots. Returning to my original point, with all this confusion going on, it is nice to see that Australians have decided to clear the air for us…
Read Fred Siegel’s The illusion that is Barack Obama and tell me that doesn’t ease your mind. Although I am an outsider weighing in, I find I have become too wrapped up in all of this, and Siegel’s article allows for us to take a step back and see things clearly. When even someone so far detached from this presidential election can take a look and see the exact same thing we see, it is very refreshing. We can look at ourselves and know that we aren’t the ones who have been deceived, that the candidate we support is the one who should be in office, and that all those who still hold on to Barack Obama, with all that has been published about him, are delusional. After seeing the “Obama Children’s Chorus”, I think it is safe to say that they have taken their obsession to an unhealthy level. It is sad to think that even when you have people like Sarah Palin campaigning, that these “followers of The One” would still cling to an “empty suit”.
Just remember that you can always trust an “Aussie” to set you straight on the facts, even if you don’t like what you hear. Call me crazy if you want, I didn’t drink the “Kool-Aid”.