There are just a few hours left before Americans go to the polls. In the past few days, there have been reports of people travelling from safe States to “Swing” States to bring out the vote. But this campaign doesn’t just involve Americans.
Susan Dalgety today is a Scottish independent communications adviser and writer; but she was once a special adviser to former First Minister Jack McConnell. Four years ago, she went to the United States to support Barack Obama’s campaign to get into the White House. Today, she’s back in Pennsylvania, once again on the stump for the Presidential. She’s been writing an occasional blog to explain why she felt so compelled to do so.
“Some people might think it a bit strange,” she wrote, “that we have travelled thousands of miles, used up our holiday allocation and blown our (meagre) savings (again) to work in an election where we don’t even have a vote. But the choice of who will be the next President of the United States of America matters to all of us, wherever we live.
“This election is a clear choice between the future – one where woman and girls are treated as equals, where democratic government works with business to build strong, just economies and we all matter, regardless of age, background or ethnicity. Obama’s plan for America is a blueprint for the world.
“The Republicans offer a step back into the past, an old world, where white men are in charge, the rich get richer on the back of our labour and only a select few have a voice. It’s a no-brainer really.”
In the past few days. she was asked the other day whether people reacted adversely to a Scot canvassing in a US election. Her reaction was to write that she could “…truly say that both in 2008 and now I have been greeted with nothing but respect and friendship both by Democratic activists and voters – including Republicans.
“The USA is a country built on immigration – by people from across the world who came here to build a better one. Wander through any US mall as I did the other day and you will hear accents from many nations. My deep Scots burr is nothing unusual. Barack Obama represents that dynamism – a truly international nation, one where your background, gender, race or faith do not matter. What matters is your humanity.
Mitt Romney has been forced to stand for severe conservatism. He is the voice of “angry white men”. His narrow view of his country – and the world – is rooted in the past. Obama’s America is the future – for all of us.
Now time to get that vote out.”