Foreigners Victorious In Obama`s Election


[Previously
by Martin Kelly:


Ireland: Though All The World
(Specifically, The Irish PM) Betray Thee
.]


To a British citizen, one of the recent

U.S. Presidential election
`s most interesting
aspects has been the staggering lack of shame with which
foreigners have sought to engage themselves in the USA`s
electoral processes.


Of course, all over the world,

foreigners outside the US were passing extraordinarily
effusive judgment
on the American election:
  


But it wasn`t only outside the
US
—there were also
foreign nationals trying to influence the election in
Obama`s favour from outside and
inside the
country.


This pernicious lack of respect for the country they are
permitted to live in or visit might stoke outrage in
some, while causing others to shrug wearily. However,
the extent to which the UK`s own

toytown Establishment liberals
have not only been in
the tank for Obama, but have also actively gone out of
their way to lubricate his path to power with their
rarely-broken sweat, has been remarkable.


Take the case of Denis McShane.


McShane (ne

Matyjaszek
) is the Labour Member of Parliament for
the South Yorkshire
constituency of

Rotherham
. All the indicators seem to show that
Rotherham suffers from extreme levels of
deprivation–when

Dolly Parton is turning up to help improve literacy

(this

actually happened
), and
the poor
level of the local diet attracts the condemnation of the
celebrity chefs
, a dispassionate observer might
think that the local MP would have his work cut out.


However, in The Guardian of November 3, there was
McShane boasting of how he had been on the stump for
Obama “in the still warm and sunny battle-ground of
Virginia”
. 
[What
Britain can learn from the US
|Campaigning for
Barack Obama ahead of Tuesday`s historic election, there
are some valuable lessons for UK politicians
](Late
fall in Britain is pretty dreary.)


Any Virginian voters swayed by McShane`s rather nasal
tones might find the knowledge that some of his own
constituents can neither

read
nor

cook
to be of some interest. Hopefully, some even
dared tell him to get out of their country.


McShane is a former
U.K.

“Minister for Europe, a post known in
some circles as Minister for the

Abolition of Britain.
He was also a founding member
of the

neoconservative cabal
called
"The Henry Jackson Society". What poor old
Blighty
has done to deserve its very own

neoconservative cabal
is anyone`s guess. But that
one of its founders should seek to muscle his way into
what he thinks is history, while the poor all around him
go unlettered, is just another illuminating insight into
the neoconservative mindset. The poor man that a
neoconservative deems worthy of his assistance is

never the one
he can see
.


McShane`s prancing round the still warm and sunny
battle-ground of his imagination might be excusable if
it could be shown to be the prattling of a lone crank;
but it wasn`t.


The Russian-born

Anatole Kaletsky
is one of the
UK
`s

more controversial
economic pundits, once writing a
column suggesting that

Londoners should just sell their homes to bankers and
clear off out
. Stints at
The

Economist
, The Financial
Times
and The
Times
are on his
resume—a
resume which shows that he has enjoyed the fruits of all that is
good about the countries in which he has been permitted
to live.


Yet on November 6, Kaletsky

wrote
in The
Times
that

“Mr. Obama managed to
administer a death-blow to the
Nixon-Reagan coalition
by adding a powerful new
weapon to
the steady demographic change
—the participation of
young and ethnic-minority voters who had felt
disenfranchised. Their commitment, which I saw with my
own eyes last week when I visited

Pennsylvania
, where my daughter, brought up as a
girl in America, was working with military efficiency
for seven days a week and 16 hours a day in a tireless
army of highly-qualified volunteers. With this new
generation of voters now fully engaged in US politics,
the balance of power is likely to shift in the `culture
wars`. "
[The
not-so-strange birth of liberal America]


Perhaps young Miss Kaletsky might be just another

triumph
of

birthright citizenship
, although her father implies
not. But if she`s not an American citizen, why is she
interfering in American elections?


 In comparison
with Miss Kaletsky`s sterling service in Obama`s
Barmy
Army
, the campaigning activities of the
soon-to-be-ex Birmingham Mail reporter

Adam Smith
, aka
"Steve Zacharanda",
provide some light relief. [Youtube(language)][British
journalist covering Barack Obama caught on camera in
drunk, plagiarism rant
,
Times Online,

November 7, 2008
] But while
“Zacharanda”`s
drunken antics are amusing to watch, the point is that
he "jumped on a plane" to "volunteer for the Barack Obama campaign" in South Beach, Miami, as
part of an 
"International
Brigade
"
which included Dutch, Swedish, German and British
volunteers.


Yet the enthusiasm of these political titans for Obama
has been mere idleness when compared with the industry
shown on his behalf by a man who has inhabited the USA`s most elite
institutions for nearly 30 years,

without ever taking US citizenship
: the redoubtable

Professor Simon Schama
.


Arguably possessing the finest mind ever to come out of
Southend-on-Sea
, Schama is

Professor of Art History and History at the University
of Columbia
. His real achievements are legion. One
of the most outstanding historians of his generation,
his almost unique ability to speak as fluently as he
writes makes him a television natural; in the UK, he
holds the status of
"superdon," the

kind of professor
who`s always on television.


Yet in the eyes of some admirers, Schama has debased
these achievements by both the depth of his partisanship
and his vocal ubiquity as evidenced by his Bush-bashing,
Obama-worshipping columns in the
Guardian and the Telegraph.
[Nowhere
man: a farewell to Dubya, all-time loser in presidential
history
, and


US election: Barack Obama recalls Abraham Lincoln as
America revels in making history
]


Perhaps he really believes what he writes; perhaps he`s
a man in his 60s trying to recapture the exhilaration of
what it was like to be young when the world seemed to be
changing, those 40 years ago.


Perhaps he`s one of the really dangerous ones who think
that America is a society as

desperate and corrupt
as

many in the Third World,
and who view Obama not as a
President of the United States, but as the

charismatic leader of a Third World liberation movement
.
History is littered with examples of how those guys
turned out.


Yet the consequences of Schama`s elective separation
from the American body politic do not seem to register
with him. He has chosen to stay outside a society which
has granted him access to its very best—and in turn the
rest of us are supposed to be influenced by what he
thinks is best for it?


That a few dodgy Brits might seek to influence the
outcome of an American election is not perhaps so
remarkable, until one ponders this.


Just how many Brits campaigned for Obama? How many

French
?

Italians
?

Germans
?

Mexicans
?


How many people granted the privilege of physical access
to the United States felt so arrogant, so superior to
American tradition, that they abused the privilege they
had been given by

seeking to influence its most important election
?


One of the most significant questions with which
historians of the future might have to grapple is to
what extent Obama owed his victory to foreigners and
foreign activists.


If so, it wasn`t much or a victory for healing and
pluralism—but for

borderless
emotional leftism.

Martin
Kelly (
email
him
) is a Glasgow,
Scotland-based


blogger
.