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It's Like a Bad Meme...

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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 12:17 am (UTC)
Let me take a stab at #2, as we've been toying with the emigration meme ourselves tonight.

It seems pretty clear that the decisive factor in this election was "values," or, as it's sometimes expressed, "God, Guns & Gays." Aside from New England and the Pacific Coast, this country is very socially conservative and getting more so.

A Bush victory under these circumstances makes it likely that the *next* Republican candidate will be deeply tied to the religious right, as it's a winning formula.

It's likely that the bulk of the country will be getting more conservative, and with conservatives in control of all three branches of the government, things will get pretty chilly for the rest of us, and that control gives them the ability to consolidate their power for a long time to come.

So what's a dissident to do? Move to the coasts and fight a rearguard action, or move to someplace congenial that won't be under Federal and national-majority pressure. Those are the chocies... Pick according to temperament.
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Nov. 3rd, 2004 11:08 am (UTC)
That is a really interesting theory. Given how politics often tend to be handed down through generations, there may be some truth to that.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 02:11 am (UTC)
Ah yes, and the reason I forgot... a Bush victory will likely mean several ultra-conservative Supreme Court justices. That will be doing massive damage to the US for an entire generation. And there's nothing to be done to fix it. There's really no hope for fixing the system once the Supreme Court is against you. That will be the job of a future generation who can try to restack the court.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:07 pm (UTC)
I guess what I meant was, if you're going to beat feet, RUN FURTHER. I'm _in_ Canada and I think I want outa here. =}

We'd very briefly talked about New Zealand... hanging around cute widdle Hobbitses, lovely Elf boys walking around in trees and get a power ring.

*poik* Sorry, that was my daydream bubble bursting... =D
Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:37 pm (UTC)

Don't forget Xena in leather bondage gear! We boys/girls who go that way gotta dream too!
Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
BWAHAHA! Yes, of course XD

*warrior-princess-power-yell* AYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!!! =O =O =O
Nov. 3rd, 2004 12:57 pm (UTC)

you *really* don't want to know what my imagination's doing to you! :D
Nov. 3rd, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC)
*znork* Hahaha =D


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