Many years ago, I noticed the paradox and/or absurdity of US politicians ruling the world. They thank their position to votes by the worst-informed voters on the planet. Tests have proven that most cannot even identify geographic points in their own country, much less any point of interest on the globe. Few know any history or are informed about current events. They are gullible enough to believe anything spouted by the turkeys for which they vote. These uninformed then play a role in defining the foreign policy, which has a large impact on the people of many countries.
Sadly, politicians love dumb, uniformed voters....
Since started writing this worthless blog, the first national election in Germany is taking place. Some might not have noticed, because anyone blinking will miss the event and its run-up. And, if you blink, you will miss the advertising, because it is permitted only for four weeks prior to the election. On top of that, all parties must receive equal time in the media, for which they must not pay. That means that one sees as much television advertising for a party that will receive less than one percent of the vote as one sees for Angie’s party, which will receive around 40 percent.
All advertising is boring and poorly constructed. Some is downright bad. Slogans on posters, which are plastered along streets (again, only for four weeks) are naive and often completely stupid. I even saw one demanding the “end of fascism”, which caused to wonder if these hopeful politicians are living in the same country in which the election is taking place. Smiling faces of, mostly, unattractive politicians are a blight on the landscape. At least, we must look at these ugly faces for only a short time...unless they win the election.
Of course, this is a refreshing alternative to the US election farce, which the world must endure, it seems, with no end.
Republicans know a thing or two about fraud (some of which they learned fro Democrats in 1960)...and rights (manipulation thereof).
Don't believe me: watch the best political ad of the year from zany Sarah Silverman.
This fine political writer expresses rather cleverly a view that I have long held about American voters...
“In my darker moments, I have some sympathy with the anti-democratic arguments: I wonder if I really want the same populace that made Kim Kardashian famous selecting the brains trust responsible for acts of war. (Granted, Kim Kardashian couldn't have made a worse hash of Iraq than the Bush team did. In fact, she might have gotten out of it sooner.)”
Read Ana’s entire column in the Guardian, the best source for US political news and commentary:
_ Sometimes, I wonder about homo sapiens. Not that I think about the species that often, but various quirks and foibles come to mind when reading anything about elections in the United States. How could a species evolve to such a stage from humble beginnings on the savanna? Actions of hordes of voters do not speak much for Intelligent Design or creationism. Why do people believe blatant lies, which are easy to spot, and vote against their own best interest?
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.