I've been reading about the varying green credentials of the two candidates in the enormously dragged out and prohibitively expensive American election. Far be it from me to try to interfere with the democratic choice of a sovereign nation - it's entirely up to them whether they vote for Obama or some vicious, clueless old bastard with incompetent advisors.
Of course both platforms are heaving with special interest groups and slippery with fear, lest the people get wind of the true scale of what's coming their way. The truth won't out till mid term, at least. Such is politics.
But it would be such an enormous relief, such a weight off our collective minds in the rest of the world, such a release of long held fearful tension - if they broke the mould and broke with tradition and joined us in our common cause.
America is of course peculiarly placed, as are all empires throughout time, to lead or to dominate as their internal dynamic dictates.
What was it Leonard Cohen said,
"It's coming to America first
The cradle of the best and of the worst
It's here they've got the range
and the machinery for change
and it's here they've got the spiritual thirst.
Democracy is coming
to the USA"
Let's hope so.