My high school history teacher told us that even if we had nothing to vote for, we always had something to vote against. At least in the US, with two parties constantly stealing the show, that’s how it works. It’s a little harder to vote against in European politics where you have anywhere from five to 25 party choices.
So, I hope my absentee ballot shows up soon, because I know who to vote against this election. For that reason, too, I have no need to pay attention to the hoopla that is a US presidential election, because I already have my mind made up while not being invested in any one candidate.
What I find amusing is how Americans react to the Republican vice-presidential candidate’s relationship with moose: Sarah Palin shoots them.
Surprisingy, Norway has the same number of firearms per capita that the US. Most of these firearms are rifles and belong to hunters or Army reservists.
Norwegians are realistic enough and still close enough to the way of the land that they understand that hunting pretty little Bambis tick-carrying deer is doing the gorgeous creatures a favor: Either feed several families of humans, or face death by traffic or starvation. And that last is far crueler than being served with cream sauce and wild mushrooms. Since we humans love wiping out things like wolves, we need to step into the predatory animals’ role and help keep prey animal populations from getting so large, they end up doing harm to themselves.
So if you want me to be upset with Sarah Palin, do not wave your arms while yelling, “She hunts!”
Seriously. Venison is delicious.