Top Ten: Elections Abroad

I found this online and I love it. It reminds me that we are really all just a shade of purple, we are more alike than we are different.

Ten things I learned or loved about being abroad during the final days of the 2012 election season.

  1. I never knew how much the rest of the world was aware of american politics
  2. Describing the electoral college system in spanish is surprisingly hard
  3. Describing the two vote no initiatives (banning gay marriage and creating new voter ID regulations) in Minnesota is even harder.
  4. Spaniards are surprisingly indifferent about their own elections, especially since the president is elected by congress not the general population.
  5. Europeans really like Obama, they REALLLYY disliked the idea of Romney.
  6. Not having to deal with campus being rerouted due to election campaign speeches. (GO IOWA!)
  7. My spanish family thought that, not only legalizing recreational marijuana was a good idea, but that we should legalize all drugs. “People are going to kill themselves either way, at least if it was legal we could tax them.” ~my spanish padre
  8.  People were surprised that gay marriage is not legal in the united states and that this is the first year that it was legalized through popular vote (shout out to <ain and Marriland)
  9. A 7 hour time difference meant that it was normal day time when Obama gave his acceptance speech.