I am living in France with two other Americans, both of whom voted for Obamasighs Marianne (merci à stavnpiranha).
The election has come up a few times, and also the subject of socialism. I said, "I'm not voting for Obama, because I don't want to see my country become socialist."Read Marianne's six points…
One of my American friends, twenty-two years old, said, "What's wrong with socialism? I don't think it's a bad idea."
I was speechless for a second. But then those little warning bells that tell me, "say something. Don't let that pass. Even if her vote is cast, you can still try to give her an alternate perspective for the future," made me open my mouth.
So, I said, "What's wrong with socialism? We live in a socialist country right now, and you hate it here. You just spent all day yelling, "Damn these French!" Imagine this level of bureaucratic frustration and ineptitude taking over every aspect of American life."