061108.Claverton Down, British Haven’t Burned White House in 192 Years!

November 8, 2006 at 12:18 AM | Posted in Bath, Claverton Down, Crowns, somerset | 8 Comments

Yesterday was Midterm Election Day in the US. All I can say is thank goodness I don’t have to worry about any of that here. England doesn’t have dead presidents on the currency. Heck, they don’t have presidents here at all.

She’s the head of the Church.

She’s the mother of the country….

And as long as she’s whole and crisp, her stiff upper lip can be fed through vending machines to provide me with much needed nutrition and help settle my gambling debts, just as a good mother should.

I post early here so I still don’t know the Midterm results but I’ll summarize the basics for anyone who’s been in a country America hasn’t touched to some extent. The Republican Party controls all three branches of government in the US, which include 1) the presidency (Executive), 2) the House and Senate (Legislative), and 3) the Supreme Court (Judiciary). The Midterms will decide the control of the House and Senate, although mostly the House. The next presidential election won’t be for another two years and the nine justices on the Supreme Court are appointed for life. So voting for its members only comes up when one of the nine are near death, and appointing a new one becomes an election issue. However, the majority of the Justices are conservative and to insure their own legacy remains they typically will resign (or die) during a conservative presidency.

If this really is the first time you’re hearing any of this, take my advice and don’t trust me. Get the information from a better source. Americans are notoriously uniformed about almost everything.

I’m trying not to be political here so I will just sum up the current situation. After a series of scandals concerning the Republican leadership (too lengthy to list here) and general unpopularity over the Iraq War, it appears as if the Democrats will take back the House and will gain considerable influence in the Senate (since only 1/3 of it is up for reelection).


Here are two different editorial cartoons, one favoring the Republicans and one favoring the Democrats. Note the Republican Editorial Cartoon indicates the “Swing Voter” (the undecided who have been voting for the Republican majorities for the last 6 years) as a bucktooth redneck, while the sophisticated intelligent bar patron wearing the necktie (or rather, the employed and responsible man) reads a paper that stresses the lack of another major terrorist attack within the country and a minor increase in the economy, while omitting the War in Iraq or any of the current corruption charges. (I’d like to know the newspaper he’s reading. Its front page has three divides for two stories with the headline proclaiming: “British Haven’t Burned White House in 192 Years: We Must Be Doing Something Right!” Talk about a knee-jerk election issue.) The Democratic Editorial Cartoon is a typical attack on the president, depicting him as a clown so as to mock his performance in Iraq and other areas of foreign policy, while omitting any opposition party alternative plans or strategies.

The one issue both parties can agree on is that their opponents and their opponents’ supporters are stupid idiots.

“The two real political parties in America are the Winners and the Losers. The people don’t acknowledge this. They claim membership in two imaginary parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, instead.”
–Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons, “In a Manner that Must Shame God Himself”

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