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Sunday, 31 October 2010

Curiouser and curiouser! cried Alice

"One promised to restore honour, the other is campaigning to restore sanity. Neither is likely to have much luck."
Guardian

Julie hosting Fun Monday,from her blog 'Another chance ranch' sets topical questions
"I want to know what you think about the state of our country.  Or, is there a particular issue being voted on that you feel strongly about?  What are your thoughts?  Keep in mind, I don't want to know whether you are a Democrat or a Republican.  I am just curious as to what is going through your mind."
Being 'across the pond' I admit to finding politics confusing, especially US. So here's my take...

Two satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert hosted a rally 'to restore sanity'.
Targeting over-heated debate and media ‘laziness’...a non-partisan call to purge America's politics of the extremist rhetoric that is dividing the country" [ibid]

Placards from their rally included...

I Want YOU – to switch to decaf

 
You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own spelling
 Even God gave it a rest for one day – tone it down America
 
1 nation – worrying together!

I added the images, taken from an Open Source site. Probably, all I've done is add to the confusion!

Next, our news has reports about the 'Tea Party' (cue the Mad Hatter?)

Apparently, Tea Party stands for "Taxed Enough Already"

I think I'll stick to 'Alice in Wonderland'!

6 comments:

Jan n Jer said...

LOL, I am just as confused as you are. Our politics here turn me off!

Faye said...

Re U.S. politics, when in doubt listen to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Amongst all their craziness are kernels of truth--and it's never hateful. that's good.

I'll have my post up later today. Stop by.

joangee said...

Think you and I are of the same mind Jan
Yes, Faye, I'll stop by to read your post. Thanks for dropping by.

ari_1965 said...

I was in rural India during one of their major elections. This must be 10 or 15 years ago that I'm talking about. There were parades with the major local candidates dressed up like various gods and prophets. Many carried large sacks of coins and tossed the coins at the crowd. There was very little info given as to platform planks, goals, etc. One candidate was an unknown but he became the most popular candidate after a parade because people were impressed by his wife's elaborate costume of a river goddess. He won.

At one of the few speeches, the candidate whose party later won the national election yelled things at the crowd like "You stupid people. You know nothing. You must listen to educated people like me and not your stupid friends and relatives who didn't go to university as I did." He won, btw.

My point is that there is weirdness in politics everywhere.

Jill said...

I agree with them. If we all focused on good and right things and not the fear and hate, we'd be better off. Thanks for chiming in. It's nice to hear what 'the other half' of the world thinks!

joangee said...

I attempted to take a wry look at the topic and hopefully raise a smile. BBC radio will be putting events 'under the microscope' as they unfold. But, I have to admit I had my fill of politics during the run up to the General Election.