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October 27, 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity

Know any American political nerds?

You know, those people from all around the world who follow the crazy and unpredictable twists and turns of...

...American politics.

I'm not sure why people in other countries would be interested in the odd candidates and issues that seem to swamp those of us who are part of the political system here in the USA, but I can certainly testify that our process seems crazy.

I am based on the West Coast - just north of California in the state of Washington, just south of Seattle to be specific.

One recent election for governor of the state was decided by less than 200 votes and my state seems as divided as the rest of the country.

It seems that we veer between hope and fear.

And the rest of the world watches as if we were a distracted child wandering across a major highway carrying a fragile heirloom. And perhaps, in a sense, we are.

And in typical American fashion, we don't take our political process very seriously. In fact, I'd have to say that the most insightful and provocative news show on television or online isn't even a news show, yes, I mean The Daily Show (http://www.thedailyshow.com/).

Among other things, they are the sponsors of the Rally to Restore Sanity on October 30. If you go to the website, you can watch this whole thing unfold.

This might be a wonderful learning opportunity for those studying the English language (or those interested in American culture or politics). This is the perfect time to learn who the players are, what the issues are and what directions this country of immigrants might be going next. This is your chance to observe, discuss and and attempt to make sense of, literally, history in the making.

Everyone, it seems, in the USA, feels that the stakes are high and that these next few days will determine where America, and perhaps the world, will be going in the next few - or even many - years.

The USA has always re-invented itself and who knows where we will be going next.

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities. Morf is currently a radio host (tacoma.fm) and a newspaper columnist http://www.thenewstribune.com/opinion/columnists/morf_morford/.

Posted by mmorf at October 27, 2010 10:22 PM

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