Category Archives: Presidential Election

Making plans with Nigel

Fine, lets face it, if anything can possibly be designed to wake up the comments section on here (maybe?), its politics! So lets have a go, and see what happens.

Assuming nothing dramatic happens, 4 months from now, we’ll know if the UK is still part of the European Union, or not. Yes, supposedly we have an agreement on what will happen if Britain stays in the EU, though it seems one or two are saying its not actually set in stone, so who knows? Its not like I have much faith in Cameron, or most politicians to tell the truth, so pardon my cynicism on the matter. Not helped by the fact that seemingly more of his party seem to want to campaign against him, than with him, but anyway…Yes, I could almost smirk at the fact he has more in common with Labour on this, than his own party, but anyway…

There was in fact a previous referendum when we voted on whether to go into the then, much smaller EU, in 1974. As that was before I was old enough to vote, I didnt get chance to vent my opinion on that, but this time, I will. No, I havent yet decided how I will vote, and to be honest, I doubt I will until the last few days, if not the day of the vote, because I can see factors for, and against both sides. But if you twisted my arm for a commitment now, I’d probably vote to stay in, just because its a bit more straightforward for the future. But I might add, if a good enough case is made to vote the other way, I might. One of the things that amuses me, is who gets to vote? Surely all the East Europeans now living here, are going to vote to stay in, for the obvious reason, it suits them that way. Be highly ironic if the vote is a narrow one to stay, wouldnt it? Can you imagine the reaction of the ‘out’ group, if that happens!

But yes, given my rather middle of the road political views, and the fact that most of those who want out, are well to the right of me politically, logic says that for me, staying in, is the wise route. The other factor that tempts me to stay that way, was my dream of working in Europe (now unlikely to happen), which was only going to happen because we are in the EU.

Oh, and because I hate mentioning politics too often, I’ll comment on the scary US situation with the Republicans at present. Yes, Trump scares me, with his crazy words, and actions, and it worries me that so far, he’s romping away with the Republican nomination. Please, just no. Fine, I’m a Democrat by nature, and would love to see Bernie Sanders win, even if some of his ideas are a little to the left of mine. Though in truth, American socialists arent generally as far to the left as some of ours! Snag is, I dont entirely trust Clinton, and if it was her, against one of the saner Republicans (Kasich comes to mind), I could vote for them, assuming I had the chance of course! But in truth, as long as the wind goes out the Trump sails, I should be fine.

Right, political stuff over. The video, well one of the right wingers vehemently shouting for the UK to come out of the EU, is the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, which led me to this

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Vote for me!

No, not really for me, its a pair of gentlemen, strictly 4, making that request in the US today. Well strictly, there are a lot more than that, with Senate and Congress seats up for grabs, but the big vote is Obama v Romney, the US presidential election. By the morning I will probably know the winner, though some are forecasting it close enough, that I might not. As long as its not like 2000 again, I dont care!

No, I’m not voting this time around, something to do with being neither a US citizen, or living in the country. 2016, well, who knows? I have a good number of friends who will (or have already) be voting in the election though. The thing is though, this is an election that has a much bigger relevance than just within America, especially since the fall of the Soviet Union. Alright, their elections were always a “bit” suspect, and many would say Russia’s still are lol!

I know, it doesnt directly affect our economy, or military leanings, but indirectly, it does. Its hard to believe, at one time the US belonged to us lol! Mind, the populated area was a lot smaller back then! Like us, each constituency is a winner takes all thing, its just that in presidential terms, they only have 50 constituencies, as opposed to our approximate total of 650. But the winning score isnt 26, its 270! How, because the number of votes in each state are loaded according to population. Just as well its not size, otherwise Alaska would have a very major say, as opposed to what it has population wise lol! Oh, and Kansas has 6, no idea why I know that. Going back to 1960, they have voted Republican every time, bar one, in 1964, when events led to an interesting result to say the least. Yes, JFK’s untimely death mainly, I suspect.

In fact, hearing what I have today, there are only about 12 of the 50 states that really hold much concern as to how they will vote! The thing is, several of those are the ones with large numbers of electoral votes, like Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Me, I think I’d lean towards Obama, not just politically, but because of the 2 candidates relative stance on LGBT issues. Of course, if Romney were to send me a Green Card, my endorsement could change lol! I can be so shallow at times, giggle!

The video, well given I used Alice Cooper a few months back, I looked for something new, and found this, a record from my childhood, mentioning one of those critical states. The artist, well a few years later, she made a famous film with John Travolta, looking slightly different!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbOK5dpRuvw

Elected

I guess I must have been in the US in the build up to the 2008 election, but I dont remember any details of that, and given that my entry point is pretty much always Chicago, that wouldnt give me a clue as to where my end point was back then. But in all honesty, I dont remember there being much build up to the impending election, despite all the fuss about Palin at the time. Maybe its just different over there to the UK, its not like a local MP for every district, with all the hand shaking etc, you cant cover the US like that, even now with jet planes! I suspect also they focus on the close contests, and maybe I wasnt in one of those states?

This year might be different! Mitt Romney, the republican candidate is from Massachusetts. And guess which state I’m flying into next month, lol? So I’m expecting to see a bit of action this time around, or maybe not? No, he wouldnt get my vote, I suspect I lean more to Democratic policies, as much as I can tell from over here. Took one of those silly question things on the matter today, and yes, they came top, closely followed by the Green party. But given its pretty much a 2 party thing over there, the latter doesnt really matter too much about that!

Alright, any of the candidates want to offer me a green card, I’ll vote for them, but I dont think that will influence them too much lol!

The video, some would say a light hearted, less than serious, and quite dated look at a US election. 1972, but its not from the Nixon campaign, but the Furnier one, slightly less successful at the time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs6AExtcNEQ