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It's no secret I shall be #PartyVoteGreen and likely to be Labour Paul Eagle for my Rongotai electorate. I shall also be Yes for both referenda.Now that's that out of the way you should of course ignore it and do what you feel is right.First of all I would urge you to VOTE! Make sure you're enrolled and your details are up-to-date: that, no really I can wait, off you go, check your details ... Ok, good. This year from Wednesday 2nd September (overseas) / Saturday 5th September (in NZ) to 7pm on Saturday 19th September you get to vote on one or more of the following:The makeup of ParliamentParty voteYour local MPCannabis legalisation and control referendumEnd of Life Choice referendumYou can vote via post, look out for your voting papers later this month, or in person at many voting booths around Aotearoa New Zealand.
That's who (YOU!), when, where, how, and I shall assume you know why. If you don't…

It's the hypocrisy in the USA culture that gets me, for example ...

They* claim to be the land of the free but have no sense of others property, right to speech or even life (both internally and externally).

They claim that everyone has the right and ability to be who they want, even the president of the United States. This is clearly a lie - what black, Hispanic, gay, female, poor, homeless (all or some of those) has a chance?

They claim to be a God fearing nation which, on the face of it, maybe true (90% believe in God, *crickey*) ... but what about all the killing? Surely if they truly believed God existed and could exact terribly afterlife revenge upon them they would be living each and every minute doing their level best to be nice to everyone and everything - think vicar not soldier or bureaucrat.
(this nugget of a thought was inspired by Scott Adam's e-book, Gods Debris - a cracking read)

I dunno - maybe we only care because they are rich** and it's easy to knock the rich guys. Who, for instance, ever talks about NZ in the same way? Perhaps the 'world leadership' should be stripped off them as it's only a perception, an idea that we've bought into and they actually aren't the 'world leaders' (did you vote for them?). Let's give it a nation like Sweden, see what they can do with the huddled masses.

* They, such a sweeping statement. And of course as with any other general and sweeping statements on a culture these are aimed at the views of the majority but not one individual.
Aaaaaaaaand, the USA, like every other country (including Germany, Iran, France, Chile and North Korea) is capable of giving to the world a whole stack of cool things. The USA has certainly given us some amazing art, music, technology and increased the sum of human knowledge quite considerably.

** Rich = powerful.