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Lucky When I was little, I used to dream about being the Governor of Hong Kong. I still remember the composition I wrote in my primary school, in which I conveyed my vision and even outlined the policies I planned to carry out once I became the leader of the government. After a few years, I realized that it was almost impossible for me to be the Governor of Hong Kong, because the position was in fact appointed by the British government. This was a piece of disheartening news. I tried to console myself by saying that at least I had aimed at entering politics. In my mind, politicians are not only smart, but also selfless and I sincerely appreciated their contribution to the society. In Hong Kong, however, it was unusual, if not odd, for a young boy to want to be a politician. You might accuse me of over-generalizing, but this was what I thought at that time. A few years later, as my general knowledge of the world outside my classroom gradually developed, a gleam of light was shed on my dream again. I realized that Hong Kong people would eventually have the chance to choose their own governor some years after the handover of Hong Kong back to Mainland China in 1997. ...read more.


Two-thirds of the channels were occupied by election-related programs. No matter what time I switched on the TV, I would see a heated debate about the presidential election. Sometimes, there would be interviews of the candidates. Sometimes, the reporters would be questioning the representatives of different parties. Sometimes, I would see fierce debates between groups of analysts and professionals on current affairs. Sometimes, I would see some actors acting as candidates making fun of each other. However, what I would not find was a time when I was not hearing issues pertaining to the election. Even when I was watching cartoons at night, propaganda was shown every fifteen minutes. This phenomenon was absolutely novel to me. At first, I thought that the Taiwanese were manic. Why were they so enthusiastic about the election? As I chatted with people in restaurants or public transports, the reason was gradually unveiled. A lot of factors contributed to stirring up the enthusiasm, such as the military threat and political pressure imposed by mainland China and the closeness of the popularity of the three main candidates, which was continuously revealed by surveys. The most crucial factor was the fact that the Taiwanese were so proud of their election, as it was the best manifestation of the successful implementation of democracy in Taiwan. ...read more.


Besides, nearly every student I have talked to has told me not to vote for Bush. (I am not eligible to vote.) This sentiment is acceptable as long as the reasons behind it are sound. But the reasons that people offer are that he is stupid, he comes from Texas, he does not speak English and so on, but no one looks closely at his policies. I can hardly see any thorough analysis shown on television either. When the Americans are laughing hard, they do not realize that they are also laughing away their invaluable time that can be used to discuss the policies properly. They miss their opportunity to make a well-informed decision to choose their own leader and government. Democracy does not come easily but can slip away or deteriorate easily. If the voters do not make an effort to understand the policies and the candidates or even do not take a walk to the voting place, they will have no right to regret and rebuff when the outcome of the election is unfavorable. When I was little, I used to dream about being the Governor of Hong Kong, because I did not even understand that I was under the colonial rule of Britain. Later I realized that I had no right to vote and no chance to run for office. If you have been given these rights since the day you were born, I will tell you that you are lucky. ...read more.

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