That about says it all…

or why I hate US elections and am happy that I have somewhat insulated myself from them:

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10 thoughts on “That about says it all…

  1. bonsoir mes chers amies! I haven’t been posting much…it’s spring and I should be working on the vines but the weather has been so bizarre that nature is either early, late or totally confused. It has finally stopped raining for a few hours. I have been going through a real roller coaster of angst with the election here. Sunday is the big day.
    We had a the big presidential debate last night…that was one debate…face to face, Hollande/Sarkozy for three hours on prime time TV on all the stations. The numbers as I expected had tightened up….but Hollande still has a comfortable lead and last night, he really dominated the debate. He never lost his cool and was catch all of Sarkozy’s lies…He was very aggressive. Today I saw some quotes from some of his supporters who said in effect, “I always thought he was a such a nice guy. I had no idea he could be so mean!”
    Sarkozy retreated into his defensive/agressive posturing. A collection of gestures and tics that made him seem to be doing a parody of the way he is portrayed by the political humorists who have gotten to be so good at parodying him.
    As an American, fed up with the ridiculous long run vapid reality show that pretends to be the American political process…the fast forward clash of ideologies and concepts that make up the French political scene is truly riveting. Sarkozy has tried to play the Rove/Atwater game, but seems to have inadvertently opened a door into an alternative political reality, where instead of playing the game, the game is playing him.
    I read the foreign press reactions to what occurred last night and I realize that most of the editorial analysis is done by people who do not speak French and get their info from the UMP internet army who did over 500,000 tweete last night during the debate from banks of workers installed in headquarters….even the articles The Guardian simply repeated the Sarkozy PR releases. The press here in France is so totally different….everybody is crowing that Hollande has already won the election.
    He really scored. I don’t want to jinx it by being too confident. But I will say, I feel a lot calmer and confident today than I did 24 hours ago.
    Maybe after Sunday, I can start thinking about American politics again.

  2. First off I want to say to both Laci and Microdot that it is good to see you back again. I have missed the both of you.

    I too am burned out from the already over indulgence saturation of our political process but also very apprehensive to the aspects of how important this election is.

    As our good friend Jack of “The Saturday Afternoon Post” posted W.C. Fields quote from years ago, “Hell, I never vote for anybody, I always vote against.”

    I strongly feel that for us here in the U.S., this election will be about who will represent and protect the Working Middle Class of our dwindling civil liberty rights, plus guard us from the Predatory Capitalist aspects who are decreasing wages, retirement and medical benefits of the Working Middle Class.

    Of course the purging of Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker June recall election is one of the first aspects that a lot of concerned citizens will be following very soon.

  3. One of the better things about the recall election is that beginning to end, it’s a few weeks time from when the election is announced to when it happens. Rather like the UK elections in that respect – they get them over with much quicker and as a result I think they have a much better few rounds of hoopla……..and then VOILA, they are done. Can’t wait for the WI to WI-SE up, and get rid of Walker, their Lt. Gov, and a chunk of their legislature.

  4. “Maybe after Sunday, I can start thinking about American politics again.”

    I hope so, MD, M_R could use some posting help for the moment…

    BTW, to a person looking inat France and not all that interested
    per se, and don’t mean that France is not important vis a vis the
    United States, for if Europe catches a cold with its austerity
    agenda, the United States will probably follow suit. However, it
    seems to me, as a person not tuned to French politics, is that
    Sarkozy is the wrong man at the wrong time…At this time, he
    needs to be replaced for the good of the Euro and better economic
    conditions.
    Therefore, Hollande, is the right man now for not championing austerity measures, but he will be the wrong man once the economy attains a growth level. France needs social reforms, as does the
    U.S., not not through a forced system of austerity which will
    create havoc in the financial markets and cause social strife…

  5. 10 minutes ago, Francois Hollande became the president of France! The implications are enormous for the rest of the world. This is a repudiation of austerity policies and it shows that in an honest free democracy, the Rovist Atwater playbook can be out manouvered. I have to catch my breath…

    1. Holding my breath. Do you think he can stand up to the German austerity insanity? His recovery plans will strenghten the financial condition of the Eruo Zone, right?

  6. I have translated his acceptance speech in Tulle…it was pretty nice and ended with a group of Correze musicians playing La Vie en Rose…after all the Rose is the symbol of the Socialiste Party, and of course, Tulle is th4e accordion capitol of France.
    “The French have chosen change in me with the presidency of the Republic. I appreciate the honor done to me and the task before me.

    I pledge to serve my country with dedication and exemplary function required. I extend a hello Republican Nicolas Sarkozy, who deserves our respect.

    I express my gratitude to all those and all those who by their votes, have made the victory possible. Many have been waiting for this moment for many years. Other, younger, had never known. I am proud to have been able to restore hope.

    I imagine their excitement tonight, I share it, I feel. That emotion should be that of dignity, pride, responsibility. The change must be equal to France and it will start now.

    To voters who have not given me their vote, they know that I respect their belief and that I will be president for all. Tonight there are no two faces of France but a nation united in the same fate.

    Everyone will be treated on equal rights and duties. No child of the Republic will be left out or discriminated against. And the promise of success will be honored for the completion of each. Too many fractures, wounds, ruptures have been allowed to separate us. We have reached the end.

    The first duty of the president is to reassemble and meet the challenges ahead. Recovery of our production to take our country out of crisis. Deficit reduction, preservation of the social model to protect the public service, equality of all our territories. Educational focus, the schools of the Republic, will be our commitment. The reorientation of Europe for employment growth, the future.

    Today when the French elected me president of the République, I ask to be judged on justice and youth.

    I have confidence in France, I know it well. I traveled over France, witnessing the suffering, the difficulties of the people. I was able to measure all the assets, strengths, the chances of our country.

    I know we will recover, we have always done in our history and we will succeed again in the next five years.

    Human dignity, equality between men and women, that is how I have accomplished my mission.

    The French dream is our history: progress. Give our children a better life than ours. It is this dream that I will try to accomplish with the mandate I was given.

    I realize that Europe is watching us. When the result was declared, I’m sure it was a relief and a hope in many countries. It is the mission which now is mine and that’s what I say as soon as possible to my European partners.

    We are France and President of the Republic, I will come back to carry the aspirations of the people of France.

    May 6, must be a milestone for our country a fresh start for Europe and a new hope for the world.

    I love my country, I love France and I want trust between us all.
    I am a socialist, I always wanted the us to be to the left but we all are Republicans. (translation note: not in the American GOP sense…but as citizens of the republic)

    Finally, I salute my department of Correze. I owe you everything, you have always given me your votes.

    Now I am in the service of France. I serve the Republic, France with the causes and values ​​I brought. Long live the Republic and long live France! “

    1. OH Microdot,
      This is truly good news my friend!!

      We are so blessed that we have your friendship and your valuable input giving us the instant updates on what is going on in France. We can only hope that the same will happen here in the United States. Just as Muddy so gracefully put it, and I have to echo the same sentiments too, “Hooray for sanity!!”

      Maybe those “Independent Swing Votes” will sit up now and take notice that maybe they too should carpetly throw out the Ultra Conservative Wing Nuts from not only the National level but State levels too for the greater good of the Working Middle Class Citizens.

    2. It is hard to imagine that the words above would EVER be said by a politician here in the U.S. –I am a socialist. Around this neck of the woods, that would mean an instant death-sentence.Although we are not French, today we all can claim to be! My French heritage from my g-g-g-g-grandfather is proud today of the people of France. Vive la France!

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