Friday, November 05, 2004

Whacked out in DC

I don't know about you, but I have been getting wads of email from my friends who now live in the USA. Some are ex-pat Canadian, some American but what they have in common is that they all seem pretty distraught and almost desperate about the outcome of that last election. I don't really know of any Canadians who wanted Bush to win, even the most conservative ones. For the most part, most people that I know thought that given what a horrendous job he did, that there was no way he was going to win. They thought wrong and so did my peers in the USA who got snookered by rural USA and the bible belt. If you live in Boston, NYC, LA or anywhere relatively modern, it just became really clear to you how different you are from somebody living in Texas or Idaho. Culture shock isn't just Paris Hilton in a camper, it's the bible belt running the country, ruling the supreme court and bombing other peoples countries. You'd think that there was nothing the common American can do about it. Well that's the sad part, the people who will get screwed the most voted the least. That would be the youth and the poor. The younger you were, the poorer you were, the least likely it was that you voted in the USA. That's a very sad failure of democracy.

Another sidenote: Did you know that the District of Columbia where the White House, Congress and the US Senate resides voted 90% (!!!) for Kerry. Talk about ironic.

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