September 15, 2008

Ferchristsakes, Dion - STEP UP!

While it's always fun to muse (and rant) about American politicians, and shake my head in wonder at just how *stupid* some people can be - other people, of course - there has always been a bit of a lame Canadian undercurrent to those musings. We aren't that dumb. We aren't that sheeplike. We aren't, you know, that apt to have religious right-wing nutcases take over our governments, our schools and our hospitals.

Ever wonder what other people think? First, read this from the Guardian's Observer. See what the Brits think of how Americans are governing themselves, and actually see just how far they've gone. It's scary, because they're right. We're a little myopic in our American-view, maybe because our noses are pressed too close to the glass. But check out this world-view. If this doesn't make you pull back and recognise how fast it's becoming too late, there is something very wrong with your comprehension.

Now. Let's bring this home. We're in the midst of Election-lite up here. As we all pat ourselves on the back for not seeming so unseemly, like our nasty neighbours to the south, consider what Christopher Flavelle has to say in Slate about Canadians. Yep. Somebody bothered to sum it up...and he's done a damn good job of it.

WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED. I'm sorry if the Liberals elected as their leader someone who should be championed for his mind, but never for his oration skills. You must sound like a leader. You must seem like a leader. You must be a leader. How the hell is Stephen Harper looking good? How the hell are people buying his stone cold stone-age philosophies? Follow the Slate line, and recognize that what's even worse for Canadians than Sarah Palin merely being Dubya in a skirt, is Stephen Harper being Dubya in a sweater vest. Actually, maybe Stephane Dion doesn't have to worry about saving the world. Sarah Palin will just blow the whole thing up anyway, given half a chance. To her, Armageddon isn't just a movie.

If McCain gets elected, the first thing he should do is hire a food taster.

Wake up. Smarten up. Quit thinking it can only happen there.


Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

I'll paraphrase... "You must sound like a leader. You must seem like a leader. You must be a leader."

How then, did Dubya get elected for not one, but two terms?

OK, a rhetorical question, I know... Perhaps it's the machine, not the person?

Regardless, it's all a shameful shambles on oth sides of the border.

September 15, 2008 1:00 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Of course it's about the machine in the U.S. Have you been listening to the drivel coming out of Palin's mouth, to go hand and hand with the lies flying out of McCain's?

But that's my point - we are becoming more and more like that - and the fact the rest of the world even sees it is scary. The process here is just as surely being hijacked as it has been in the States. And I don't say that because 'my' team isn't winning. The fact ideas that might just save us get tossed on the heap because they come from the 'wrong' side of the aisle is childish and dangerous.

September 15, 2008 1:26 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

As far as teams go, I have no real favourite. Many years ago, I supported Stephen Lewis; not for the NDP party, you understand, but for the man and his ideas. Sometimes we (mis)place our loyalties toward a party depending on which side of centre they appear to support. At the end of the day, because of this, I also agree that way too many ideas and individuals are cast aside as an unfortunate consequence.

Have you caught the SNL Clinton/Palin "speech" yet? Clinton: "We need a firm and decided foreign policy." Palin: "I can see Russia from my house!"

September 15, 2008 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You nailed it on the head Lorraine, along with the Slate article. I find myself sitting here trying to suppress a rising fear that those ugly throw-backs on both sides of the border might actually attain power! How is this possible? Are the voters of both countries completely and totally deaf, blind and afflicted with such serious memory loss? Or are they just scared shitless of the lies that are being splattered about by the right-wing spin doctors?

Well I'm kind of scared, scared of what will happen if these dangerous idealogues actually win.

September 15, 2008 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lorraine: Dion did his best on Tuesday. He hooked up with the turn coat, ex NDP Premier of Ontario, Bob Rae. Now that is reassuring to voters. YIKES!!!


September 17, 2008 7:50 AM  

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