I guess I'm a just a very temporary guest. I'm from BMB and I was actually at Google looking for the Keenspace voting booth and I got you all instead. Not like its a bad thing, but I had better read Inside Joke. I may never see it if any of you reaspond, but I'd like to answer tekker's question.
First, I'm currently taking AP US History and I can confirm that J McCarthy was a Senator who gained power by playing on the general fear America had of Communism and accusing many people (who weren't) of being communists. He was extremely influential, but McCarthianism (or whatever its called) didn't last very long -- pretty sure it was less than a year. Eventually HE was accused of using false evidence, etc. He was probably disgraced, kicked out, or something, but I'm too lazy to look it up.
Yes, tekker, you must be crazy to suggest communism for the USA, but I can't blame you as I know nothing about Canadian politics. I've been to Quebec though! Actually, I'd be nice if you guys would give me a short explanation of Canada -- maybe I'll check back for it.
I don't think America is as panicky about Communism as it used to be, but remember we had the Cold War against the Soviet Union, and the stupid Vietnam War to hold back Communism. During most of this last century America had concerned itself from preventing the spread of communism. Personally, I think its a good concept, but it sucks in practice. People are corrupt, that is the way the world works. Knowing that, communism isn't really a good way to go because it takes the power from the people. At least in a Democratic system, we have more power to get rid of corrupt people.
Now, the Republican vs. Democrat thing.
First, Republicans are way cooler. (ok, can you tell I'm biased?) Well, Democrats are generally in favor of giving the government more control. Republicans try to keep the power with the people. Now, in my mind Democrats are generally trying to pass stuff that is good for everyone but it really just restricts us more(like, say, education) now originally this was SUPPOSED to be up to the states, but then the gov't took it over. I can see why the Democrats could want it regulated, but really, the gov't has now just frelled it all up. As my Dad says, they complain when freedoms are taken away that their own legislations were responsible for. Whatever.
One thing I can't understand is why people are so hard on Bush. So what if he isn't a great speaker? How superficial is that? Is it really important? He's honest which I have to say is #1 in my book. I'm sorry, but I've always thought that Gore was slimy.
Anyway, enough with my own political opinions. I hope I helped some. This has become way too long.
And I also hope someone actually does read this 'cause I just realized this was from 2000! You must have been talking about the election where the stupid old grannies in Florida couldn't understand (see?) their ballots and messed up the tally. It's really just a joke throughout the country, although some Democrats are probably still sore 'cause they'll claim Gore should've won in Florida.
Ugh, can't even stand Al's last name, it reminds me too much of gore crows from Garth Nix's Sabriel.
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