Wednesday, November 03, 2004

I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised..

..that huge numbers of American voters should have been too embarrassed to admit to exit pollsters that they voted for Bush.

It was the same in Britain when the voters refused to admit that they had voted for Thatcher or Major.

I certainly would be ashamed if I was American to have voted for:

Higher unemployment.
Higher inflation.
A huge fall in stock values.
Dirty tricks campaigns.
Tax cuts for the rich.
More misery for the poor.
No health care for the needy.
Back street abortions for women.
The persecution of homosexuals.
And sending my son/daughter/grandchild/brother/sister to their death in some godforsaken country.

They say it was the religious zealots who won this election for Bush.

Well, maybe only God will be able to save them of 4 more years of George W Bush.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you wonder why people don't declare their voting intentions to complete strangers and then you insult them!

3:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're beginning to sound like cheeseburger fanatic Michael Moore. I don't think this is a good thing.

Also, I wouldn't have voted for Kerry; he looks like Rod Hull. Can you imagine trying to conduct any serious interview or diplomatic seminar with him when his left hand is diving for your crotch every five seconds?

"And sending my son/daughter/grandchild/brother/sister to their death in some godforsaken country."

I don't like the omission of nephew in this bullet point.

Barry

12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerry is more of a bastard love child of Russ Abbott and Bruce Forsyth than a Rod Hull clone

6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith you are not American and I'm willing to bet that most American's don't really care what you think of them. But your condescending tone bespeaks an arrogance which creates little positive in the world. Just like in poker looking for excuses for outcomes is rarely the best approach. Bush remains president for the simple fact that the AMERICAN population voted him back in. Whatever their reasons he is back......I suppose that means another 4 years of people of your mind blaming all the ills of the world on GW rather than addressing them or seeing their own responsibilities or duties in correcting them.......

Its easy to condemn from behind the great curtain of security the US/UK alliance has maintained for over 50yrs....Drop it down and see how you fare with France and Germany as your great stalwart allies.....You might be wishin for the good old Cowboy lunatic GW days quite rapidly.......

8:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That was me BTW

MadYank

8:04 AM  
Blogger grahamout said...

Higher unemployment.
Higher inflation.
A huge fall in stock values.
Dirty tricks campaigns.
Tax cuts for the rich.
More misery for the poor.
No health care for the needy.

Sounds like every Labour government in British history

Higher unemployment.
Higher inflation.
Dirty tricks campaigns.
More misery for the poor.
No health care for the needy.
Back street abortions for women.
The persecution of homosexuals.
And sending my son/daughter/grandchild/brother/sister to their death in some godforsaken country.

Sounds like every socialist governed nation in the history of the world


I ask you Keith, where is the diffence between this and your imaginary utopia world of the marxist masses?

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keith, there are flaws in this piece so big you could drive a truck through them.

Q Higher unemployment?!!?

A US unemployment is a lot lower than the levels in Europe!


Q Huge fall in stock values?

A The big drop was in March 2000 when Clinton was still in charge. The brief recession was caused by over-investment during those years rather than government policy. Do note btw that interest rates are set by the Federal Reserve Board, which is independent of the government.

Q Dirty tricks?

A What, like the Democrats trying to persuade young people that Bush would restore the draft?

Q Tax cuts for the rich?

A What exactly is wrong with letting people keep THEIR OWN MONEY?

Q More misery for the poor?

A What do you mean exactly?

Q No health care for the needy?

A This is a persistent misunderstanding. There is health care for the needy in the US. What some people don't have is medical insurance. The majority of the X million Americans without medical insurance that you read about are young people in their first jobs. Most of them don't need it much, due to their age. This isn't to say that there isn't an issue, but it's nothing like what most people in Europe think it is.

Contrast this with Canada - a country with socialised medicine where going private is literally illegal. Private medicine doesn't exist. It's forbidden. The standard of care there is disgustingly poor. Did you notice that it was the only country in the West that had a SARS epidemic? That's because its hospitals are filthy and the unionised cleaning staff hard to sack. I suggest you read this article by a young man whose parents died in the Canadian health care system to understand why Americans resist state involvement in their health. One look at their northern neighbour and they want no change.

http://cartoonazi.blogspot.com/2004/10/socialism-killed-my-parents.html

Q Persecution of homosexuals?

A This might carry some more weight if Bush hadn't won 25 per cent of the gay vote. As it happens, his desire for a federal marriage amendment means nothing politically, as amendments to the constitution require a majority vote in the majority of states to be effected. The opinion of the president is actually meaningless. As it happens Bush was badgered for ages about his opinion on such an amendment and remained silent about it for a long time. Separately, also note that the proposed amendment is about defining marriage to be one man and one woman. So it isn't just about preventing gay marriages. It also would act as a bulwark against Polygamy.

Q Sending my ... godforsaken country?

A The idea is to make it less godforsaken. The lack of progress towards democracy is the cause of much misery in the world, including the 9.11 attacks. You can't separate the two. Bin Laden's own publishing company released a book explaining that democracy and higher living standards would stop muslims from engaging in jihad against the west. That seems to be a pretty good endorsement of the strategy! (P.S. The book is called 'The future of Iraq and the Arabian peninsular after the fall of Baghdad'. Look for a review of it.

DY

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