My wife and I were in the United States through the week leading to the U.S. election as well as during the big day itself.
We were caught up in the excitement of the most critical vote in years, discussing events with many locals and watching diligently the arguments from both sides. We even sat in on a show that featured pundits for both parties as they made fun of each other. It was good fun.
When asked what we thought of the process, we advised that we were dismayed at the significant percentage of the population that was so completely dogmatic and blindly unreasonable, favouring either the left or right.
We advised that in our opinion, Canadians were generally more inclined to think carefully and assess the positions of the candidates and would normally vote intelligently for the person we thought would do the best for our constituencies.
After reading Salomon Rayek's column on the U.S. election (Obama win hastens U.S. decline, Nov. 14), I was reminded of the diatribe I heard on the radio after the election from conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh.
It was an extraordinary rant that made little sense, for which I can only assume he was driven to madness by the election results. Imagine my dismay to see that The Daily Courier would print a similar biased diatribe.