[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:
Nicolas Sarkozy wrote a letter saying
choosing you, the American people have chosen change,
openness and optimism."[More world leaders
French President Nicolas Sarkozy wrote a letter saying "by choosing you, the American people have chosen change, openness and optimism."[More world leaders here.]
But it wasn`t only outside the
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.
Matyjaszek) is the Labour Member of Parliament for
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 .
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.
Anatole Kaletsky is one of the
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?
with Miss Kaletsky`s sterling service in Obama`s
Army, the campaigning activities of the
soon-to-be-ex Birmingham Mail reporter
Adam Smith, aka
provide some light relief. [Youtube(language)][British
journalist covering Barack Obama caught on camera in
drunk, plagiarism rant,
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
Arguably possessing the finest mind ever to come out of
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
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.
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.