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A British Take on US Election

Not my favoured paper by a long shot but it gives a general view of what many papers here are thinking today....

Thanks to wyrdo  and the local newsagents for alerting me to this one :-p


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Nov. 4th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
that photo makes him look constipated
Nov. 4th, 2004 06:08 am (UTC)
I had to giggle at this. And then promptly shares the picture with my coworker :o)
Nov. 4th, 2004 08:23 am (UTC)
There are 55,586,933 of us out here asking the same thing.

The vote was decided by what amounts to the population of one decent-sized city. The country is split 50/50 and Bush won because the population equivalent of Cleveland or Minneapolis/St. Paul voted for him.

I have plenty of opinions on what that group is made up of (including rabid God freaks, people deathly afraid of Gays and minorities, people who are wealthy entirely motivated by greed, people who don't know a damn thing about what Bush has "accomplished" in his last term because they're busy working their jobs and raising their kids and hoping they don't get sick or laid off...but they "know" the war thing is "good" because Saddam isn't in power anymore, blah blah blah) but I've already offended readers of my own site who protest they're not those things at all, they're just in bed with them to follow their "principles" so I probably won't be talking much about it there.
Nov. 4th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
Well feel free to talk about it as much as you want on my journal. I am not inclined to complain about intelligent (and sometimes even semi-intelligent if people have been drinking....) arguements and complaints.

It'll be interesting to see what happens over the next four years. Hopefully some of the pundits will be right and Jnr will curb some of his 'liberation' plans for the Middle East and try and mend some bridges with former allies. Personally I'm not so convinced but I'm hoping lack of money and internal disorder if he tries the draft will scupper him.
Nov. 4th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
A lot of the church going folks rallied out in force this year. They didn't back in the first election. So I beleive that's what put him over in this little backwoods neck of the woods I live in.

Of course I'm getting blamed for him winning as well. I voted independent. Of course I've ALWAYS voted independent but they don't see any bearings on that. Then I'm also getting blamed because I put some anti kerry posts up on my site. Hell, all the good anti bush ones were being over used by the time I found them, what was I supposed to do? I hate both parties.

Ah well. One of these days a third party will come along and really toss the system about. Hopefully that's within my lifetime.
Nov. 5th, 2004 01:06 am (UTC)
In the UK The Liberal Democrats were a very small party from about the 1920's when the Labour Party was formed until really about 10 years ago. These days they are serious contenders to become the mian opposition and, in my opinion, could form the government within the next three elections (which would take us up to 2017).
The British political system encourages a diverse range of parties - even if we really only have the big three in Parliament (alongside a bundle of other much smaller parties) and most elections have between about 6 and 30 candidates standing for the position. Admittedly most of the candidates are not contenders and many are from either silly parties (Monster Raving Looney Party), special interest parties (Dads For Justice) or extremist parties (British National Party) but the system does encourage anyone to get involved.
The American system is unfortunately very two-party driven. The closest it ever became to having a 'third' candidate rock the boat was Ross Perot back in the early 90's or late 80's (I can't remember exactly).
Unfortunately American politics is very money-driven and many independents will never find a voice or a platform because they don't have the money to be heard.
There are many reasons to vote independent. Your vote, and opinion, is as valid as the ones that went to Bush or Kerry. Ultimately everyone has to choose their own choices and not have to be victimised by those choices.
Anyway, I'm getting late for work so better sign off. I hope that a third-party comes along in your lifetime too - although personally I do think that America will be a vastly different country(ies) by the time we die.
Nov. 4th, 2004 09:38 am (UTC)
I think it was the Independent that had a picture of the village idiot along with pictures of his "achievements" and the headline "Four More Years"
Nov. 5th, 2004 01:09 am (UTC)
Do you think they will finally 'fess up and switch from the term Democracy to Theocracy.

One nation under God. As long as it is the evangelical christian one.

It is quite scary when Faith is applied as the rationale for policies.

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