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On winners and losers by underground

Like the sadist I am, sometimes I like to watch Fox News, cheerleaders of religious conservatism, where the likes of O’Reilly and Hannity make the most ridiculous assertions. According to Hannity, Obama is a socialist because of the US’s increasing deficit, despite George W Bush’s efforts to plunge the surplus he inherited into the red. Yesterday, I enjoyed Hannity slating the network’s opposition for their criticism of the Fox-endorsed anti-Obama “tea party” protests. While I believe it is part of the media role to often advocate a cause, organising anti-government protests is hardly fair and unbiased. And who are the people protesting? They are not the millions who took to the streets objecting to Bush’s illegal war and the erosion of civil liberties. They are tens of thousands of people who voted for the guy that did not win a democratic election last year. They are the sorest of losers, who supported a failed president for eight years and have written off the guy who inherited his mess; a troubled economy and a fractured nation. They are Hannity and Co.’s rent-a-crowd.

In New Zealand, the Left have had to stomach a National Government for six months and, even more difficult, the realisation that John Key is not as bad as previously believed. Key’s empty rhetoric and lack of substance pre-election concerned many, but his inclusive, measured governance has caused a re-think from many. There are indications unpopular policy may be in the pipeline and their pre-Christmas rush and their 100-day inaction may have given opponents some amnunition, but for the time being it’s plain sailing for the Government. The losers of the last election will need to regroup and consider their moves for the future. Let’s not see the pathetic sore-loser response shown by the tea baggers across the Pacific.



The McCain/Bush… Oops! I mean McCain/Palin ticket by underground

Obama has rightly caught out the Republicans trying to divert attention away from policy debate by perverting comments he made likening John McCain’s promise of change to putting lipstick on a pig.

“You can put lipstick on a pig. It’s still a pig. You can wrap up an old fish in a piece of paper and call it change. It’s still going to stink after eight years. We’ve had enough.”

McCain’s team then accused Obama of sexism, twisting the comment as a dig at McCain’s running mate, Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Palin, a self-confessed ‘hockey-mom’ had previously commented that the only difference between a hockey-mom and a pitbull was lipstick.

Sarah Palin is not a pig with lipstick on. She is George Bush in a skirt. Continue reading



Political Parties of New Zealand by underground

I’ve added political parties’ websites to the side of this blog. This is to make it easier for readers to refer to the political parties’ websites I have just skewered, to get their side of the debate. As much as I despise many of the ideas some of these parties have (in fact I find only a handful at all savoury), I believe it is important in a democracy to have their voice heard. And it is important for us all to listen, no matter how pathetic their reasoning is. And it is also important for us to critique their policies, pointing out weaknesses and strengths. It is also important we debate the issues with those we disagree with, keeping discussion as civil as possible. That is the beauty of the blogosphere I suppose.

I encourage everyone to have a look at all the websites. It is fascinating to look at the ideas of parties that you did not know existed. Obviously someone believes in the ideas, otherwise there would be no party! Some parties haven’t yet got websites, so will be put up when available. I could not find ones for New World Order Party, which sounds interesting, and Taito Field’s Pacific Party.

Is it worth noting that when I had thought I had finished putting down all the parties, even some of the most obscure, I realised I had forgotten United Future! Is Peter Dunne’s Party doomed to be forgotten come election time? Time will tell.

Here’s a list of all the parties currently registered for the 2008 election. Continue reading



Things you never expect to happen II by underground

The Democratic Primaries are over! No more ridiculous media coverage of every minute detail of two Democratic senators lives. No more caucuses, no more front pages, no more political experts. No more trying to explain Americas warped political system to people, when I don’t even fully understand it. No more Rocky analogies, no more Martin Luther King comparisons.

Well it’s not really over, because now we get the John McCain v Barack Obama show until November. It just never stops, does it?

Oh well. Not long left. Bush is almost gone. Now we just have to wait and see which charismatic black senator from Illinois will be the next President of the United States of America! (Paraphrased from Jon Stewart!)

Congratulations are in order for Mr Obama and commiserations for Hillary Clinton. Let us all collectively forget the past six or so months.