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Nov. 3rd, 2008 | 09:56 pm

I was discussing the US elections over the weekend, and mentioned to a friend of mine that the last one had almost driven me mad and I was surviving this one by (a) not living in the States this time so not being constantly bombarded with it - and really, if you have been in the UK all the time you don't know what this is like; it goes beyond anything rational and it's hard to deal with it without shooting your TV - and (b) being non-partisan about it and recognising that whoever wins, the government will get in, and all that sort of thing. No, I don't think Obama will bring a new age of peace and unicorns, and in fact being hideously critical and slagging his administration off for every mistake will be absolutely necessary.

However, I'm not a fucking idiot. You don't have to buy into the system to recognise that if you have any influence over whether Commissar A (whose hobbies include burning orphanages and diverting 90% of the budget to his cronies) or Commissar B (who only diverts 75% of the budget to his cronies and rarely burns orphanages, even in the face of uneconomic gruel requests) takes power, you vote for B. It may not solve any underlying problems, but those problems won't be solved either way, and you can be damn sure the overall level of happiness is going to end up higher.
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lilyvalley

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from: lilyvalley
date: Nov. 4th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
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You know what will be especially nice if Obama wins (and he'd better)? Just having a little breathing room. Not automatically assuming that every time the president makes it decision it will be to screw you. Having the slightest bit of trust that maybe this guy will not fuck up every single thing he touches.

The attitude on the ground here, though. It's vastly different than 2004. People are genuinely excited about Obama, way more than they were about Kerry. It's actually kind of cool to have taken part in this. :)

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Madeleine

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from: madeleine
date: Nov. 4th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
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every time the president makes it decision it will be to screw you.

hahaha I swear it was getting to the point when every time Bush had a press conference I was convinced he and his buddies had just thought of a new plan to piss liberals off.

Bush-conservatives are like vampires. They just keep coming back. It ain't over until we're sure McPain isn't going to win.* Then we can't be sure until Palin dies or self-destructs in some way. But Repubs always find someone to fit the role.

*After all this campaigning that 72-year-old could be dead by Friday

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Madeleine

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from: madeleine
date: Nov. 4th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
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I don't understand. Are you trying to tell me that in other countries politicians don't spend the equivalent of $2.1 billion on their campaigns?

And they don't relentlessly din the population to the point where shooting the flatscreen tv would be the only sane thing to do (actually shutting it off and going to non-tv bar would be the really sane thing but Americans don't do things like shut off televisions.)

No buttons, bumper stickers, flags or lawn signs?

T-shirts? window posters?

None of this?

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The Princess of Id

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from: danaseilhan
date: Nov. 4th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
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My best friend, who was in gifted class with me in elementary school, does not understand this. She thinks it doesn't matter who gets in because people are going to think they suck anyway. But, she thinks it's important to vote because otherwise "we'd be in a dictatorship or something." She also voted for McCain today because she wants to keep more money in her pocket. But, she acknowledges that when the government isn't there to help it can cause a lot of problems. I could almost hear her giggling "tee hee!" and twirling her hair.

She's half-Japanese and has been bleaching her hair blond for years. I swear it's lowered her IQ. That, or I should point out that the gifted class we attended was in the Mississippi school system. Maybe there was a clerical error.

(She is my best friend and I feel bad saying this shit, but damn, she just voted for the assholes who hate people like her. WTF?)

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date: Nov. 4th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
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An American friend of mine said it doesn't matter who is President - it is the presidents of the multinationals who control the world and no-one knows what the president of Coca Cola looks like!

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