What could be worse for a creaky, cancerous political system than what the Democratic and Republican parties are brewing up? Nothing really. This is as bad as it gets…
First: Do I even bother to vote?
For those who do cast a ballot, there is the even sadder choice: Which candidate do I loathe the least?
– Ron Fournier, The Atlantic –
The ‘Any One But’ vote – in a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll on American voter preferences, nearly half (47 percent) of those who said they’d support Trump said it was because they don’t want Hillary Clinton to win. Nearly half (46 percent) of those who said they’d vote for Clinton said it was because they don’t want Trump to win.
Maybe this will be the year that the American people decide neither of these candidates is fit to be President. There are several alternatives such as Third Party, Unaffiliated, Write-In and Independent Candidates (in addition to Republican and Democratic Party Candidates other than Clinton and Trump.)
There are hundreds Americans who think they would be a viable alternative to a simple anti-vote. Of course, SKYWALKER, ANAKIN; GOAT, ANUS THE or THE CLOWN, BIPPY are also on alternative lists, but really, could any of them be worse than the current front runners?
Another option – you can look to Canada for a new alternative for good government! We offer you – The Canada Party!
Why is The Canada Party such a great choice?
Consider this: “Canadians often point out that while the American constitution promises “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” the constitution of Canada–written in the 1860s in England–sets a more modest goal: “Peace, order, and good government.” – Robert Fulford –
If you doubt our abilities to govern, consider the fact that we’ve already moved massive numbers of vocal, though unqualified, candidates into your country. You thought our Canada Goose contingents were just seasonal visitors, but you are now starting to realize they have no plans to leave and they are the masters of ‘friendly fire’ when they have a convention in one of your local parks. If we can be so effective with geese, think what we could do with people!
So, what’s it going to be, America? Are you going to stand up for your country and say “Enough is enough” – or will you just bitch your way through another four years with a President who is either the master of reality television or a woman who displays a determined adherence to political deception?
18 thoughts on “When All the Presidential Candidates Stink – Call Canada!”
A beautiful summation of a truly ugly and abominable situation.
If you see a strange tent pitched in your backyard on November 9th, that’ll be me!
Hope you’re well, Margie!! : )
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I’m sorry I won’t be there to greet you, Mark. I’ll be in Arizona – wouldn’t want to miss the end of this remarkably strange election!
I have witnessed two ‘Any One But’ elections here in Canada. Alberta threw fiscal prudence under the bus and elected the free spending NDP. In the Federal election the young, good looking son of a former Prime Minister was the ‘cool’ guy and his Liberal party took power – also with the promise to spend, spend, spend. It is interesting to see how many people don’t understand where governments get that money from…
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Yes, I fear we’re the last of the fiscal conservatives. Most people just seem to want their turn at the trough, and tough beans to future generations… : (
I don’t want to start a political firestorm here, but when I listen to Trump, I hear echoes of a man wanting an Aryan society in America. The world has already been there with a certain German leader in the 1940’s who became disgrace to mankind. If we learn from history, it should never happen again!
All I can say is that I’m glad I’m Canadian and don’t have to cast a vote in the Presidential election this fall. Margie’s right… it’s an “Anyone But” election. At any rate, I think we’re all in for a bit of a roller coaster ride, regardless of the outcome. Oh, and for those of you thinking of immigrating to Canada after the election, we’re erecting a wall along the border with our Day-Old Tim Bits. LOL!
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I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision either.
Speaking of Tim Horton’s, I sure wish they would expand into the Snowbird States. They would have a ready made market!
Stand by, Canada. Things could get really interesting for you after our election.
You are right! What happens in the US doesn’t stay in the US, if you know what I mean. As for Americans moving to Canada, unless you’re either very rich or very lucky, Canada probably isn’t an option for you.
It would be delightfully ironic if hoards of Americans moved to Mexico! The weather is much better, and apparently the qualifications for residency are lower. A temporary resident permit is good for four years – just long enough for a new President to get elected!
You’ve convinced me. I’m voting for the goose!
Mother Goose or Father Goose?
We have compulsory voting and thus take our democratic process very seriously. (I’m not kidding. Australians travelling overseas will do anything in their power to get to an embassy so they can vote even though “being overseas” is allowed as a legitimate reason not to vote.) Therefore, the fact that the current choices in the two major parties for our election in July are equally appalling is causing some angst. They’re predicting a hung parliament as people head for the independents and minor parties to vent their frustrations in the “anyone but” version of voting you’ve described.
I love the way Canadians poke fun at their southern neighbours when it’s all going to hell in a handbasket. But, really, in the face of this Presidential campaign, what else can you do? It’s astonishing even at this distance.
We don’t have compulsory voting in Canada, but I figure if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain!
You just have to laugh when you see the the best that the American political machine can do for Presidential candidates. Their elections are too long to cry through!
So what is the tenor of locals there in your Arizona part of the neighbourhood?
I’ve been participating in 1 of the AMerican dominant cycling forums and most of these are men. This has been over the past 10 years where they have critiqued and occasionally joked. Some of the folks are Republican leaning but most are disgusted by the current Republican developments.
From a white American in the Detroit area:
“Starts right off scaring the bejesus out of people, and declaring to the rest of the world how arrogant we are. We’re telling the rest of the world how exceptional we are, and that they’re really stupid because they need us to protect them. Fits right in with their delusional thinking; let’s insult everybody on the planet and create enemies, just so we can profit off the war machine.”
Many of our American friends (from either party) are not enthusiastic about either Trump or Clinton. It seems, though, that many of them have such extreme party loyalty that they would rather not vote at all than vote for a candidate from a different party. It would be quite a statement of discontent if the American Party voted in a President from a third party, like Libertarian Party Gary Johnson or Jill Stein of the Green Party.
Since up here the media in Canada hasn’t even written up about these other candidates (Johnson, Stein), it seems a lot less attention /interest by Americans.
Maybe this will be the election that is the turning point for the two leading parties. Maybe they will be abandoned by what might now be a silent majority that can’t support either one of the parties. George Washington addressed the dangers of party loyalty in his Farewell Address: “[Parties] are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
If people don’t vote, they can’t complain.
In North America, we take our right to vote too much for granted.
I had a roommate at university from Malaysia. She described her national elections (in 1960’s) as violent, bloodshed, etc.
And you do know that the Chinese-Canadians war vets gave their lives in WWII AND they couldn’t vote. So the community lobbied Parliament and they got the vote in 1947.
I’m not sympathetic to the Trump forces at all, Margie. I have no problem he’s rich but he feels the whole world needs to swing in his narrow direction. He fuels even more disconnect between the US and the rest of the world.
I’m thoroughly disgusted by what has been going on for the past year.and we still have a little over three months to go listening to all these childish rants. I’m an independent and have no idea which way to vote. Moving to Canada is an option but I see your taxes, rules and regulations, and friends trying to find a doctor, and it’s scary…though maybe not as scary as our future.
You forgot Canadian winters – Mexico might be a better place to move to for a few years!
While the President of the United States is certainly an important person, people might forget that his/her power is moderated by the other parts of the government.
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