HTBS’s editor Göran R Buckhorn writes:
As you all know, today the USA is voting for a new president. In the 2012 presidential election, 241 million Americans were allowed to vote, but only 53.6 per cent, or 129.1 million, actually cast votes for president. It is, however, believed that more people will vote this time – I will not be one of them. While I am a so-called permanent resident, I am not a U.S. citizen and therefore not allowed to vote (I am, on the other hand, allowed to pay taxes…).
Writing this the evening before the election, none of the two candidates seems to have a lead in the polls, so it looks like it can go either way. Although, one should never trust polls, just see what happened in Great Britain in May, when the country voted in a referendum for staying or leaving the European Union. The polls showed a lead for the ‘stay’ side, but instead the Brits ended up with a messy Brexit.
Neither of the American presidential candidates has a background as a rower, which makes it impossible for a rowing fan like me to cast my vote, if I had one. But this is not a political forum or platform, so this is not the right place to expose where my feelings lie. Let me just say that I am a great supporter of female rowers.
Off hand, I can only remember two American presidents who had a rowing background, Teddy Roosevelt and FDR. In this matter, the USA is far behind Great Britain and Australia, both countries having had prime ministers who rowed at school and at university.
Depending on who wins this election tonight, there might not be an entry on HTBS tomorrow. If the presidential candidate, who does not like foreign aliens on U.S. soil, wins, my family and I are heading north to the Canadian border. We would like to pass over the border before the Canadians start building a wall to keep us political refugees out. 😉