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Sunday, October 26, 2008

All elections are nasty

Politics is nasty, and it has always been nasty.  I don't care what you say, there has never been a period of true high minded debate in any modern democracy.  In Canada one of our nastiest national campaigns was in 1911.  Supporters of the Conservative Party in Quebec went door to door posing as government agents taking names to draft them into "Laurier's navy."

In other words; a vote for Laurier is a vote for sending your children to war.

How about; a vote for my opponent will end the world.

Really as far as nastiness goes the present election in the United States is not that bad. I mean really;

Nothing has even gotten up to this level of nastiness;

So I don't want to hear anymore complaining about politics becoming more nasty.  Political elections are one of the few times that matters where someone will get nothing and someone else will get everything.  There will be hundreds if not thousands of people that worked fifteen hour days for months and will achieve nothing.  Politics is nasty by its very nature and the sooner you accept that the better off you will be.

Posted by Hugh MacIntyre on October 26, 2008 | Permalink


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