Canadians take a healthy interest in American politics. American conditions affect us greatly. We are neighbors. Many of us have family on both sides of the border. ( My daughter lives in Chicago.) Our press covers U.S. politics and elections in great detail.
I'm sure that many Americans feel as I do that I'm glad the election over.
Since we receive many U. S. television channels we are not spared election ads. For me ads become rather tedious.
It's our new services that are a little hard to take. We get a blow by blow account of the the whole affair. I have said many times in this blog that I appreciate a well reasoned logical opinion. Sadly, very little of the reasoned and logical were present in this campaign. It's sad to see that the advertising can be so negative.
So the day after the election most people are saying that things have to change. Many good suggestions are being made as to what has to be done. I hope that what the politicians are saying about working together gets done. Not only Americans depend on a successfully functioning government , but also your neighbors to the north...Canadians.
One thing following an American election gives me is a much better understanding of the U.S. government system and how it works.
In case you're wondering , our Canadian elections are full of attack ads. Our Canadian politicians try to divide and conquer all in the name of winning an election and when elected do a very mediocre job.
Politicians in many countries could stand a tremendous improvement in their behavior and tactics. Politicians need to come up with realistic policies that can be put into effect and build our country so that we have a secure future. Promises and attack ads just for the purpose of wining an election don't bring about concrete actions.