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Nov
14

A Political System On Life Support

The results of Tuesday’s “earth shattering” election are quite revelatory, but not for the reasons bruited about by your average MSNBC/Fox/CNN vacuous pundit.

Although President Obama won’t use the word—and bless him for it—it was a “shellacking” which the voters meted out to the Democratic Party. But let’s examine this “mandate” a bit further.

The turnout for the midterm election stands at 36%, a low not seen since the 1940s. That’s 36% of registered voters. Voter registration in its turn doesn’t encompass all eligible voters. This Al Jazeera article has this telling paragraph:

Election turnout is often cited as an indicator of the strength of the mandate of winning candidates, but it can be a misleading statistic: Turnout is usually measured as a proportion of registered voters rather than of those eligible to vote — and census numbers show that more than 70 million U.S. citizens of voting age are not registered voters.

Get that? 70 million Americans who are eligible to vote aren’t even registered. What does this mean? That the number of registered voters is at best a bare majority of eligible voters. And then that the voters who turned out were a minority of that number. And then that the GOP “landslide” depended on a further minority of registered voters, which in turn doesn’t account for all eligible voters.

This opens up a veritable cornucopia of delicious dysfunction.

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06
Nov
14

Not A Farewell

amk for obama

November 5, 2014 at 12:02 am

Thank you Chips for all your tireless efforts. For all the Obama supporters, this place has been an oasis amidst all the hate mongering racist desert that america has become. A million thanks again.

Thank you toddys for all your insights, volunteering on behalf of the cleanest, most committed and most honest President ever and for all the jovial comradery i here. A millions thanks to you all.

I have been with the President Obama camp since 2006 and my eight years are up. :)

I will always cherish my pleasant memories here and bid you all good bye.

Tuesday night didn’t just rob us of a functional Congress.

Tuesday night also robbed us of a cherished friend.

It wasn’t bad enough that our amk had to suffer through his country giving the untrammeled reins of power to a Hindu fundamentalist party which, aside from theology, would have much in common with the most revanchist parts of our Christian right wing.

He had to watch as a country turned its back on a man he loved and admired, giving power to his enemies, enemies who have done nothing but trail his name through the mud and carry out a political war against him not faced by any other modern US president.

The idjits came out to vote and gave power to the chief idjits. And the idjits stayed  home, and likewise gave away their power.

It was one wound too much.

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05
Nov
14

A Nation of Cowards

Well, America, you’ve done it.

It all began with 9/11, when after that atrocity citizens abdicated their reason and embraced a Daddy state in the form of Dick Cheney and his puppet George W. Bush. Remember Ari Fleischer’s admonition: “Watch what you say in times like these”? Oh, so many of us took that to heart, and the shock and the horror of that day transmuted into almost unquestioning support for any program coming out of the Cheney cabal.

Recently, Ebola fever swept the land, as a nation went apoplectic over one Ebola death—which wasn’t even contracted in the US—and hazmat suits became haute couture. Matrons on the north shore of Long Island were worried about the Walking Dead Ebola patients shuffling down their chic streets.

And it’s reached its apotheosis with the midterm elections. Ginned up by a hostile press, a 38% turnout gave control of the Congress to the GOP, based on a campaign of fear and lies. And I’m not letting the 62% who stayed home off the  hook. By their inaction they guaranteed two years of unceasing political warfare, which will dwarf even the fighting we’ve seen since 2009.

You’ve done it, America. You’ve shown the world that you’re a nation full of cowards.

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04
Nov
14

Chat on – More election results chattiness

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04
Nov
14

Chat on – Election results chattiness

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04
Nov
14

Early exit polls

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