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Considering the Possibility and Practice of Global Citizenship

Chapter Seven: “The Practices of Global Citizenship” by Hans Schattle

Posted by jonthepackardman on January 31, 2009

“As the 2004 campaign proceeded, widening public recognition of the global impact of U.S. presidential elections worked its way into media references to global citizenship. One American voter – a former infantry soldier in the U.S. Army – even linked the idea of a global citizenry with the principle of giving citizens around the world a voice in the election. Originally from Prescott, Arizona, and living in Malaysia in 2004, Eric Ossemig offered his vote to the people of Malaysia, the moderate Muslim country where he had lived for fourteen years. He invited Malaysians to cast their vote on a web page that he had set up, and he promised to cast his ballot, in turn, for the candidate who won. Ossemig told the Voice of America, the international news service run by the U.S. government, that non-Americans ought to be given a voice in deciding the leader of the world’s superpower: ‘The global citizenry does not vote for its global leader. Americans vote for the next global leader, who happens to be the U.S. president.’ ” … In the end this guy ended up submitting his vote for John Kerry – the choice of 60% of the voters. “Ossemig said he had wanted simply to make a symbolic contribution towards opening up U.S. foreign policy to stakeholders around the world: ‘The U.S. president’s responsibilities were once mostly limited to handling U.S. matters for U.S. citizens. Not anymore… In an era where U.S. policy increasingly affects us all, why is it that only U.S. citizens can vote for a U.S. president who – reluctantly or not – is an increasingly global leader? Shouldn’t we all have a say in who our global leader is to be?’ ”

Are you KIDDING me?! This proposal is outlandish to say the least. What kind of American “citizen” would have the AUDACITY to suggest that the entire world be able to vote for OUR president??? Is this a joke? I don’t care if we are the world’s superpower, I don’t care if what we do affects other countries, and I don’t care if our President’s decisions impact those beyond our borders. The power to elect the President of the United States of America is for American citizens only. I cannot get over how absolutely absurd this idea is.

In addition, Schattle also mentioned in this chapter that there was a website set up by American citizens apologizing to the world for electing Bush to a second term ( How un-American! These people are shameful – I don’t care if you don’t like the President that we ELECTED by our country’s political process; get over it! Support the man that your country elected, don’t apologize, make excuses, or bash our country’s leader.

It must also be pointed out that the rest of the world responded to this site with a site of its own: I visited both sites and it has become clear that they belong solely to the liberal citizens of our country and world. After the most recent election, people have all kinds of posts about Obama, and their “HOPE” and how “We finally did it”. Oh please, give me a break. I cannot even express how idiotic these sites are. AMERICANS: HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR YOUR POLITICAL PROCESS. To the rest of the world: I’M SORRY YOU DIDN’T APPROVE OF OUR 2004 ELECTION. PERHAPS WE SHOULD JUST SELL OUR VOTES TO YOU…

And no, I’m not going to link to those sites – I don’t want to support them in any way, shape, or form. If you want to see how liberal they are for yourself, you can type them into the search bar –


2 Responses to “Chapter Seven: “The Practices of Global Citizenship” by Hans Schattle”

  1. anequidnimis said

    To me, any shift towards a global one-world government should be opposed. Admittedly, while our country has a huge influence on other countries around the world, the role that our president plays influences people who live in the U.S. so much more than other countries, to the point where yes, it would be absurd to allow everyone around the world to cast a vote in the election. Of course, if a single person wants to allow other people to decide who to vote for, well, he or she is no different than many Americans who arbitrarily vote for who their friends vote for, so I see no problem with Eric Ossemig’s actions.

    That being said, I think there’s a lot to be said for listening to the concerns and thoughts of people around the world and taking it into consideration in regards to our foreign policy, but there could be many other ways that this would be achieved without having to sacrifice control of our own elections.

    In regards to the Bush-Bashing, it does seem very hypocritical, coming from those who elected him, as well as being awfully blind towards many of his actions. Bush’s PEPFAR (Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS relief) over in Africa has helped them out immensely. If I remember correctly, something like 10 billion in aid so far, but you never see any major media ever mentioning it. But I suppose it’s easier for people to blindly bash on a scapegoat than it is to think things through.

  2. bklunk said

    Bush not withstanding, it is pretty clear that effectively there is a whole lot of taxation without representation going on. It can’t be helped the world’s economy is too intricately inter-connected; not to mention all sorts of other systems and processes that link causes in the US to effects elsewhere. That’s how it goes with imperial systems (which in their heyday the Bush administration were happy enough to claim to be). If we take it as given that it would not be sensible to give the rest of the world a formal role in selecting a US president, would we not also say that it is sensible for US voters to consider how the rest of the world views a possible president? And that a sensible US approach to the world really considers how US policy and behavior in lots of ways affects people in other parts of the world.

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