Hanging out with the Republicans!
Its hard to beat the fast paced cosmopolitan nature of Hong Kong life… but as we approach the U.S. mid-term elections on November 2, I do feel a little nostalgic for some good old fashioned American partisan politics.
Granted, I have not been a huge fan of some of the direction the G.O.P. has headed in lately. When someone like Sarah Palin becomes the face of the Conservative movement, William F. Buckley Jr. is rolling over in his grave. It’s a pity the serious soul searching and in-house surgery that the party has desperately needed following our thrashing in the ’06 and ’08 elections has been erroneously shelved with the subsequent melt-down of the Democrats.
That short sightedness will come back to haunt us.
But hey, its election time and I’m in the mood to get political. So what did I do? I looked up Republicans Abroad here in Hong Kong and asked to join. The next thing I knew I was on the mailing list and being invited to their next meeting which involved a talk on climate change by Lord Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount of Brenchley at a private reception room at The Whiskey Priest bar in Lan Kwai Fong.
Wait a second…Let me get this straight…I’m being invited to a talk at a place called The Whiskey Priest, given by a British Lord to a bunch of American Republicans living overseas in Hong Kong?
God I love this place! I am SO there!
Anyhow, I was one of the first to arrive. Lan Kwai Fong is my old stomping ground and…truth be told, I knew exactly where The Whiskey Priest was 😉 Entering the room, I was immediately introduced to a man who held out his hand and said, “Hello, I’m Christopher”
I replied, “Hi Chris.. (and then the penny dropped that this was Lord Monckton)..topher,” narrowly avoiding an embarrassing fax paux.
The room began to fill up surprisingly not only with American Republicans, but no small amount of Australian Liberals; which is their conservative party (…I know I know…It makes no sense but best not to bring it up with them), and a few British Tories.
The talk Lord Monckton gave was quite good. He not only spoke on the politics behind climate change but proved himself to be very well versed in American politics. Chatting with some of the other guys before and after the talk I realized that I spend so much time with people of opposing viewpoints to my own (something I admittedly look for and enjoy) that it was nice to be in a friendly audience with people who, mostly, echoed my political leanings.
Anyhow, I hope to continue catching up with the Hong Kong Republicans Abroad and who knows…
…maybe becoming part of a vast global right-wing conspiracy
…but, only on the weekends because its hard to get off work sometimes…and I have a baby on the way…and I don’t know if my wife will let me… well you know how it is 🙂