November 4th: an important day

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, is an historic date for America and the world. The long campaign is over and now the citizens of the United States finally go to the polls to elect a new President. It's a big decision. Those of us on the outside looking in wish the electorate and the country well.

At a conference today, I heard a presentation by Dr. Daniel Franklin, executive editor of The Economist magazine, in which he outlined how the world is dependent, to one degree or another, on the outcome of the election. The magazine asked itself: what if the entire globe could vote in the U.S. election? What would the preference be?

You can see the results of The Economist's experiment here.  (Hint: congratulations to McCain for winning Cuba and Algeria, but not much else).

It's been an exhausting campaign, so let us close with some historical quotes from key players in America's early days:

Essayist Thomas Paine: "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

Multi-talented Benjamin Franklin gives us a nice closing : "Fatigue is the best pillow."  

Yes, indeed.

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