My fellow Americans, I greet you. This is Germany calling. Well, not really. This is actually just an American living in Berlin calling from Germany. But that is neither here nor there, at least not over here. Over here they use the word dort for here, although they also use it for there, too. But again, that is not why I am writing this open letter to you over dort from over here. I am writing to ask a big favor of you. I’ve never done this before so please lend me an ear. You could certainly spare one.

What I would like to ask you is this: Please, do your duty and got out to vote, all of you. Vote your conscience. Vote for what or who you believe in, really, but go out there and vote. That is why I am writing this open letter to you all, honest. If you haven’t registered to vote, do so NOW. You still have time. So there we have it. You can stop reading now if you want to because that was pretty much it.

But having said that… I want you all to know that Germany and the Germans are expecting a whole lot of you this US-American Presidential Election 2008. You may or may not be aware of this, although I wouldn’t know how you could not be aware of it, but 80 to 90 percent of the German population expects you to vote for you-know-who. That’s right, him. And by you-know-who I mean you-know-who, not that other guy. I’m serious here, by the way. With the numbers, I mean. When I say 80 to 90 percent of the German population expects you to vote for you-know-who, I mean 80 to 90 percent of the German population. No fooling.

Stop and think about this for a minute. This is significant. Unlike us in the US, Germans regularly go 80 to 90 percent for people, things and ideas they like and then later reject. It’s just the way they are. We are a bit backward in that respect I suppose, rarely able to get half the population to agree upon much of anything, it seems. I don’t know why we are that way, but we are. Germany has it much better than we do in this regard. Things are so much more, well, homogeneous here.

Take a quick look at German history and you will see precisely what I mean. It was 80 to 90 percent of the German population that went for Hitler, for instance, at least at first. 80 to 90 percent of the East German population supported the SED communists over dort wholeheartedly, too. And in recent years, 80 to 90 percent of the German population was against German participation in Iraq, the same 80 to 90 percent also viewing George W. Bush as the devil incarnate, and this despite the fact that 80 to 90 percent of the German population consists of atheists, so that’s saying something.

Please, while voting for what or who you believe in on November 4th, never forget that the Germans will be thinking of you, hoping and praying, I mean hoping with you, even standing there right dort next to you in the freakin’ voting both, so-to-speak, while you caste your vote for you-know-who, whoever that may be. Remember, we owe a lot to Germany. They have always been there for us whenever they have needed us. So don’t let 80 to 90 percent of them down now, of all times. Not this time. It can’t happen here, much less dort. And honestly, who cares what the other 10 to 20 percent of them think anyway? 

Good Night and God Bless.

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