Saturday, October 6, 2012
I planned this trip around the birth of Corrie, so of course the last thing on my mind as I headed to the US last week was that I was entering the ELECTION ZONE!
I have not only found myself a bit overwhelmed by the barrage of campaign signage all over the place, but I also found myself planted in front of the TV on Wednesday night, tuned in to the first of three Presidential Debates--even though there was a Law & Order marathon on another channel!
I have also found myself in engaging in quite a few conversations/discussions/oh heck, DEBATES about the differences in the two candidates.
But this blog is not about the candidate that I am supporting; rather, it is about how broad I feel that my perspective has become related to all the issues that were debated on Wednesday night since living in Denmark the last 4 1/2 years.
I can honestly say that I can see the fuller spectrum of political issues now that I have lived: --in both the US and Denmark
-- in both a capitalistic, free-enterprise society and a socialistic welfare state
-- in both a place where I paid less than 20% income tax and a place where I pay 60% income tax
-- in both a place where I paid insurance premiums and medical costs that just about bankrupted me in 2001 and a place where I go in and out of the doctor's office, never worrying about what kind of bill will arrive in my mailbox a few days later.
And while most people know exactly where I stand on the issue of Obama v. Romney or the issue of socialistic-like healthcare v. healthcare as the US currently has it, the bigger issue is really how much I have learned by living in these two very different kinds of societies.
There are things I think Denmark does better and there are things that I think the US does better-- but the best part of both of these "betters" is that they have made me more informed, more open, and I think, just a little bit smarter.