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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 02:05 am (UTC)
Whichever party wins, the other will likely change drastically. The party that loses may effectively die. The platforms will change. They will give up on several key issues because they will see it doesn't work.

If we get enough brain power in Canada, maybe we can make it more powerful than the US. Maybe we can whip the US into shape with external forces, because internal ones aren't working.

I like having civil liberties. I'd like to live somewhere that has some.

If you pay taxes in the US, you support US policies. You give the US power. You are complicit with US actions. Only by moving, becoming a citizen elsewhere, and supporting their economy can you boycott the evil that the US is doing.

If enough do this, the US loses the power to mess up the world.
Nov. 3rd, 2004 08:44 am (UTC)
Very well put! For some, the actions they'll take in staying and fighting will counterbalance the support they give by staying and paying. For others, not.

We're not going anywhere soon - though fleeing back to a blue state has *definitely* moved up the timetable.

But we'll be joining a bunch of civil-rights organizations even before the dust clears. We can't count on leaders anymore; it's down to us.


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