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Some random observations about the US Election from a Canadian:

  1. I've been seeing pro-Kerry and pro-Bush posts side-by-side in my Friends view... which is amusing in and of itself. I also can't click two links on the internet without running face first into elections talk.

    What I find most fascinating though is that the reasonable to above-average intelligent people are most likely Kerry supporters. The very stupidest people are Bush supporters (sit down and have a cup of not-surprise).

    But I've noticed that the very smartest people I know are also Bush supporters. There are exceptions to this, of course, but I thought this was an interesting trend.

  2. I'm not understanding something. I've seen people writing about immigrating to Canada if [whoever] wins.

    1. That means that the party you're supporting gets even less support in the next election and the ones you _didn't_ want in the White House have a higher likelihood of actually being there if you leave. Yes? No?

    2. Canadian politics, economy, etc., etc. are so closely tied to the Americans that whoever comes into power does affect us. And yet, we, Canadians, don't get a vote in the US elections. I'm not frustrated or upset that I couldn't vote today. I'm just noting that, as a matter of fact, I don't get a say in something that could affect me.

      Given the chance, why would you volunteer to walk away and sit idly by to watch whoever it is fuck it all up for everyone (including Canada)? Because, y'know, if WMD are let loose around here, we share the same air and general threespace.

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Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:12 am (UTC)
This is why I've been trying to be so careful, honestly listening to the reasons that educated people give for choosing to vote for Bush. There are a lot of well-educated, intelligent people whom I respect, who supported Bush over Kerry. And I have heard a number of persuasive reasons.

I like to believe that on the whole, human beings are pretty intelligent and rational, and that any time you get a very large number of people to agree on something, there is some kernel of important truth within the belief. The question is how the logic builds around that truth, and then understanding that becomes the key to figuring out where reconciliation between the two ideas can come about.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:18 am (UTC)
Who the hell am I kidding, though? While I understand the intelligent reasons to favor Bush over Kerry, I do still favor Kerry, for my own reasons, which I'd like to believe were also intelligent and rational.
Nov. 4th, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)
Same here.


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