Thursday, April 19, 2007

The French Elections

I had to take a break from the news last night. Instead of only focusing on all the negative things going on in the world today I needed to remember something positive.

For example, the right to vote. There are places in the world where this is not a right. In this country I wouldn't have been able to vote 100 years ago and it would have been very difficult to vote only 50 years ago. I have no patience for people who don't vote then complain about the government. In order for a democracy to work we have to participate.

France holds their national election on Saturday. This will be the first time I can vote as a French citizen. I have Googled info on the three main candidates. I received emails from them and a big packet of campaign literature from all the candidates. Too bad it's all in French (kidding!). I have had nothing but positive interactions at the French Consulate despite my inability to speak French. I'm not sure what I was doing during my 8 years of studying zee language (jr. high/ high school and one year of college...so sad).

I haven't received any sample ballots so I hope when I go to vote I won't seem like a idiot.

off topic: Can I spell check on blogger?

5 comments:

Ms Adventures in Italy said...

I'm not sure you can spell check on Blogger, but if you use Firefox 2.x (the current versions on getfirefox.com) - it comes with spell check built in, so every time you type in a text box, you'll see! (For example, as I'm typing now, I can see errors, etc.)

Tracie B. said...

just choose zee "abc" bu-tone :)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

merci Sara. I will try that.

tracie b - Zut Allors! you are correct. :)

Caroline in Rome said...

So, who did you end up voting for ;-)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

caroline - all I have to say is my dad and I voted for different candidates.