Today is an important day to the Americans, as well as the world.
Congratulations to President Obama for winning the election. His speech got me, and possibly many Hong Kongers, thinking. Not just the humanity in his speech, but a certain line caught my eyes in particular:
…That’s why we do this. That’s what politics can be. That’s why elections matter. It’s not small, it’s big. It’s important. Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy. That won’t change after tonight. And it shouldn’t. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty, and we can never forget that as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter – (cheers, applause) – the chance to cast their ballots like we did today.
Although I do not think that President Obama was referring to Hong Kong (very likely to be referring to the Middle East), it still touches me.
Hong Kong, a British colony for over a century and now a Chinese (as a country) colony (in nature). Americans are free to vote for the person who they believe will lead the country to a better future, yet Hong Kongers were never given (!!) such right. In any civialised country in the world, right to vote is almost granted. As a financial hub and an international place, Hong Kong people have never enjoyed this “privilege”.
There have been former PRC government officials commenting that there’s a “wave of Hong Kong independence” and it should be condemned. I have one question: why is asking for independence and democracy a crime?
Hong Kong may be too small to many of you in the world, but does that mean that people in Hong Kong do not deserve the right to elect its own government?
To go independent or not, should be determined by the people of the land. There is no doubt that Hong Kong needs a universal suffrage to elect its own government, there is no doubt that Hong Kongers have the right to vote for their future!
Whether or not we could survive as an independent country/state is one matter, but why people, often not Hong Kongers, always think and say that “it’s impossible so it should be not done”?
Once again, I congratulate President Obama and I wish him the best of luck! Four more years!