On this day, the 5th of March, 80 years ago, Adolph’s Nazi’s got 43.9% of the vote, eventually enough to pass executive orders that made him dictator.
The greatest nation on Earth chose its President by unethical technical play in 2000 and saw corpses win their elections very literally in 2012.
Last week in Italy, no one was elected and since Sunday, Kenya tried its hand at it! Result : they managed to pick a leader. So Kenya 1 – Italy 0
Then again that leader and his friends are war criminals :
Which brings us back to Germany and some would even say the US, doesn’t it? Yeah! Notch one more for democracy? *sigh*
The Chinese do not have democracy as you all know; they replaced it with decorum : http://english.cntv.cn/special/2013twosessions/videoreview/npcopens/index.shtml
A word of warning though, it is quite static decorum for 25 minutes, most guys on it move less than the manor WALL in the 2 minutes BBC vid below :
Getting further from elections though we find Egypt where President Morsi is pondering using the army to take control back in Port-Said which is erupting* since the end of January on the backlash over a last November football riot, no less. Some protest the trial of the rioters; some protest for their victims; all protest at the police. It still relates to our subject as President Morsi called those for late April already. And since the opposition intends to boycott these . . . Unrest before elections is bad but military law is even worse**, quite a dilemma! Ah! Elections!
Meanwhile in Syria, it seems Hafez is losing his but voters’ outcries ask for less bombs please.
March 5th 1960 is also when this iconic pic was crafted : The strange story of a guy not that much into elections that is now adorning coffee mugs and belt buckles. If all the t-shirts made with it were gathered, they could serve as uniforms for a revolutionary army maybe? Isn’t the irony of these bourgeois kids clubbing with a glitter version of Viva Libertad embodied on their chests getting too scalding for anyone else? Should we have a medium raise his spirit to partake in the gun debate in the USA since I picture Che as totally pro Second Amendment? Or is that too much? What do you say, Guerrillero Heroico? Doesn’t it all make you sad a little?
And on this day in 1999 Paul Okalik was elected as the First Premier of Nunavut, Canada being the country where one finds the Territory of Nunavut. Eskimos ( as in Edmonton ) are the main population group although they prefer to be called Inuits now and since I know precious little about their politics, here’s the Wiki link, sorry! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nunavut#Government
And on this day this year or today if you prefer, Hugo Chavez is dead. Venezuela had elected him again in October but he was cancer’s favorite candidate too. Goodbye Hugo. Sad elections indeed.
I still have to comment on this headline from my morning news perusal though :
John Kerry suggests Dennis Rodman should stick with basketball … Was it too early or having forgone the coffee? I almost commented on that LA times article to ask if anyone knew where the StateSec had suggested Rodman to stick th… when I caught on that it was but a nifty jazzy title like some of mine not saying quite what I had first thought and not a second disagreement so soon between John Kerry and I.
And having exited elections with that, good day all, Tay.
* That would be the Etna in Italy’s case to tie one more link between subjects? It has been pretty active for a couple weeks. Am I the only one that thought of it the old animist way and believe it is pissed at the electoral results?
** Which is why the French would like to be out of Mali by June when the next ones are planned?
If you’re really into Chinese politics, the Wall Street Journal has the most readable version I found online of their main document, the 2013 Work Report here :