If Everyone in the World Could Vote, Obama Would Win. Right?
Inter Press Service reports in a piece titled “Obama Clear Winner in World Opinion” that “In a new international poll by the BBC World Service, all 22 countries surveyed would prefer that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama wins the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 4.
“The 22 countries, drawn from six continents, preferred Obama over his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, by an average four to one margin.”
The notion that if people from around the world, from Asia, from Africa, from Latin America could vote, Obama would definitely beat McCain, has been stated over and over again, especially since Obama’s speech in Berlin in July.
This thought is probably considered obvious by political people across the political spectrum in the U.S. today, it seems like the BBC wouldn’t even need a poll to document this.
It’s all a big lie.
This conventional wisdom is a sign of how oblivious so many are to the global reality. Of how truly Common Dreams are kept at bay.
If there were a global election for the president of the United States — not a morally absurd idea since the policies of the United States as executed by the president affect people around the globe — neither Obama nor McCain would likely stand a chance.
Media around the world are more likely to report on third party and independent candidates, see this Russia Today piece for example.
Thus, people around the world would likely know that Ralph Nader (running as an independent) has been fighting against against big business dominating people’s lives for decades. Or that Cynthia McKinney was proposing impeaching Bush back in 2004. Or that they both did some actual work to try to avert the invasion of Iraq. Or that they both state they want to ensure the primacy of international law in international affairs.
Realistically, if the people of the world could vote in the U.S. election, it would probably be a close race between McKinney and Nader. The Socialist candidate would be the dark horse candidate. Obama and McCain would be in single digits.
The fact that this isn’t obvious — that I would have to write the piece — is an indication of how people can’t dream. Can’t envision a significantly better place, only to weigh in between the two establishment parties — even with the strength of the world behind them. And where there is no vision, the people will perish.