11.03.2004

aftermath (updated)

I am so disappointed in American voters who thought it would be a great idea to keep this monster in office for four more years. Let me tell you, especially my Canadian readers, that not all Americans are proud of this. Some comments heard around school today, mostly from the other grad students and faculty and my friends at Toastmasters:

- how's the real estate in Canada?
- I am so jealous that you are not American
- next thing you know, Bush is going to invade North Korea and no one is going to help us out
- with Bush in office, the whole world is going to hate us more than they already do
- I almost cried on the bus this morning
- my friend and I cried when Kerry conceded (this seems to be a theme)
- it's Kerry's image, we'd have had a better chance if it were Edwards running instead of Kerry
- this is surreal
- I'm wearing all black today and would've worn a veil if I could find one
- people in the cities tend to vote Democrat because we discuss, critique, deconstruct the media messages. we get a variety of media with different viewpoints and conclude that Bush is going to jeopardize the future of this country; the rural folks just get TV and church
- the west coat and northeastern states should just break off and form a new country without all those motherfvckers in the middle and south

I honestly didn't realize, being in this Bay Area bubble, just how conservative and misinformed most Americans are. I can sum up the events of the past 48 hours and what I've learned about American politics in one word - scary. If I can't stay on the west coast or perhaps in Democratic east coast states, I think I will be ready to pack up and go home where I don't have to fear lunatic right wing conservatives.

Those wondering how Canadian politics works, hang tight, I will post something on that when get past some homework I need to do. The basic difference is that we don't have a bi-partisan system, we get to choose from several major parties (working left to right) - the New Democratic Party (NDP), Liberal (my party), Progressive Conservative (PC), Alliance (formerly the Reform Party). There are also some small players like the Green Party but they typically don't get more than a few votes just to make a statement. I am by no means a political expert. I take an interest only at a level that I feel any good citizen should. Anyways, more info when I get a chance.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

surreal is right. i am baffled and sad.

Canada. or somewhere. yeah, i'm seriously thinking about it.

- Eric (balanceinmotion.net)

Shaky Jake said...

Even in Canada...I still feel a bit uneasy being so close to the border...I'd feel safer a little further north of the crazies :)

Anonymous said...

Given that you are in the minority it is conceited of you to assume that it is not you who is out of touch. Your disgusting comments mark you as a bigot. You think nothing of identifying millions of people as a group and assigning them characteristics as a group, not as individuals.

If the words "rural folks" were replaced with "Jews", "Niggers" or "Chinks" you would be outraged. Yet when you do it to describe a bunch of hicks it is acceptable.

The Count of Montevideo said...

"Given that you are in the minority it is conceited of you to assume that it is not you who is out of touch. Your disgusting comments mark you as a bigot. You think nothing of identifying millions of people as a group and assigning them characteristics as a group, not as individuals.

If the words "rural folks" were replaced with "Jews", "Niggers" or "Chinks" you would be outraged. Yet when you do it to describe a bunch of hicks it is acceptable."

Well "anonymous", there are numerous reasons to be absolutely disgusted with not only the current political climate, but what passes for informed discourse in your country. You must understand that while the excercising of individual democratic rights falls to american citizens, understand it or not the foreign policy of the united states has ramifications for the entire geo-political landscape. Thus it is no surprise that citizens of the world hold strong opinons on your country's direction. The majority of the world happens to share the opinion that Bush, and the neo-con hawks in the administration, are threats to the very democracy and freedom they so hollowly champion.

You speak of "disgusting" comments. What I find disgusting is that the grossly misinformed segment of the american population (which may or may not be the majority seeing as how there are questions of electoral fraud and the country routinely has abysmal voter turnout) just gave both explicit and tacit approval of a wholly destructive administration, and a far-right doctrine.

By the way, the "rural folks" comment wasn't even made by the author of the blog. Even then, despite teh fact that it is a generalization, statistically speaking it is very close to truth.

The Count of Montevideo said...

Whether or not it'll get read, I figured I should back up my last point with some statistics:

VOTE BY RACE

White (77%)
BUSH: 58%
Kerry: 41%

African-American (11%)
BUSH: 11%
Kerry: 88%

Latino (8%)
BUSH: 44%
Kerry: 53%

Asian (2%)
BUSH: 44%
Kerry: 56%

Other (2%)
BUSH: 40%
Kerry: 54%

VOTE BY INCOME

Under $15,000 (8%)
BUSH: 36%
Kerry: 63%

$15-30,000 (15%)
BUSH: 42%
Kerry: 57%

$30-50,000 (22%)
BUSH: 49%
Kerry: 50%

$50-75,000 (23%)
BUSH: 56%
Kerry: 43%

$75-100,000 (14%)
BUSH: 55%
Kerry: 45%

$100-150,000 (11%)
BUSH: 57%
Kerry: 42%

$150-200,000 (4%)
BUSH: 58%
Kerry: 42%

$200,000 or More (3%)
BUSH: 63%
Kerry: 35%

VOTE BY CHURCH ATTENDANCE

Weekly (41%)
BUSH: 61%
KERRY: 39%

Occasionally (40%)
BUSH: 47%
KERRY: 53%

Never (14%)
BUSH: 36%
KERRY: 62%

VOTE BY SIZE OF COMMUNITY

Big Cities (13%)
BUSH: 39%
KERRY: 60%

Smaller Cities (19%)
BUSH: 49%
KERRY: 49%

Suburbs (45%)
BUSH: 52%
KERRY: 47%

Small Towns (8%)
BUSH: 50%
KERRY: 48%

Rural (16%)
BUSH: 59%
KERRY: 40%

Pay attention to the statistics on church and community size break-down.

Soo said...

I don't think I can add anything to this "discourse" but I'm hoping that maybe in a month or so, when tempers have cooled, level heads can start hanging out with each other again and judge each other by the fabric of our respective characters and whether we're friends and not by who we voted for.

The days of "'tis the season" are right around the corner, after all.

prayforsnow said...

Anonymous, read this pre election poll

http://www.canadiandemocraticmovement.ca/displayarticle471.html

http://www.theworldvotes.org/index.php?nid=876&newsid=174

or this one if you can read french.
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/reseau/monde/article/1,151,1062,092004,786623.shtml

and then tell me if you feel safer that you voted for Bush?