Date registered: Sep 2004
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RE: Why do Europeans have such an enlightened perspective?
One thing that has always bothered me about my much-loved US neighbours (I really do like the US people, as individuals...) is their lack of keeping a vigilant eye on their government. Canadians do break up into parties, but you can bet that even supporters of the "ruling" party watch them like hawks. We have an inherent distrust of the goverment and their are never immune to scrutiny.
I see so many US citizens "blindly" follow their presidential candidate. Go ahead and post an anti-Bush comment, and hordes will come down on you for being "anti-freedom" or anti-American." Were I an American, I would look closely at both parties, and all others too, and figure out who I thought would do the best job, or in most cases, the least harm.
Canadians tend to be "undecided" until election day. Sure, each party has it's supporters (Alberta, like the Yanks, blindly votes "conservative" for anything, regardless of how screwed up the policy may be) but most Canadians try to choose the best for the job. This has meant that we have had GIANT swings in power. In 1993, the Conservative Government went from a majority of the house (over 151 seats) to TWO. TWO. We kicked them ALL out. They were crooked and we didn't like them. Forget party "names" and labels.
If GWB were the PM of Canada, he'd probably be out on his keester, regardless of party names. What has he done besides a bunch of war related stuff? Economy? Health care? Standard of living? Education? What has he done for the "typical" US family? How have they done under GWB? We gave our own gov't a huge wake-up call by subjecting them to a minority gov't, which is VERY difficult for the ruling party. They spend all their time kissing ass to the other parties to keep the gov't from being dissolved. Why did we do that? 'Cause they didn't deal with some corrupt members.
Would Kerry do better? Maybe not. But, could he do worse? Maybe not.
I'm really trying to see things from your perspective, but I'm having trouble getting my head up my ass