Saturday, October 25, 2008

Spotted in Tennessee...

A friend of mine is doing visibility up in State Senate District 22 (that's up around Clarksville -- Cheatham, Houston, and Montgomery Counties) today and spotted this guy. I don't know if you can make it out all that clearly from the photo, but the guy is wearing a mask. Even though he is unwilling to show his face while holding those signs, he surely is comforted to know that John McCain is proud of him, as he is proud of all the ignorantsia who turn out to show their support.


7 comments:

brent said...

I don't get it? Why would anyone take a photograph of this man? The "Hamas for Obama" sign is technically true - a Hamas spokesman said the group wanted Obama to win. Is it that the guy is concealing his identity?

Tom said...

Alice - I apologise for my complete ignorance, but what does "doing visibility" mean?

Keera said...

Y'know, I'm getting tired of the IQ = waistline in inches crowd getting so much air time. What with reports suggesting that Palin is planning on running in 2012 (will the horror that is masquerading as the Republican party never end?) and the fact the current political division in the electoral college has made it possible for a minority vote to win, I find myself feeling dejected about the future of both the US and its democratic process.



Can you imagine what the US would be like if the millions who live in urban areas got their actual votes counted? Since the urbanites are predominantly Democrat, I think the US would finally start catching up to the European model - a model that has resulted in some of the most socially and fiscally egalitarian countries in the world.



Thank you for letting me rant on your website. :-)

alice said...

Tom, basically, it's standing around with signs. Being visible. Usually at voting locations, but also at busy intersections, highway overpasses and other high-traffic locations. It's very important this year, in rural areas especially, because it helps voters feel comfortable with their choice when they see lots of others who are making the same choice.



Keera, feel better? I don't think it will last. Big change is afoot, and I think some of that change, eventually, will come to bear on the democratic process itself.

Tom said...

Thank you for that very clear explanation, Alice! In fact that's what I thought it probably was but had never heard the term before, so just wanted to make sure.



We have the same things here of course, although it's more local. I haven't seen McCain or Obama groups out on the roadside. I suspect two reasons: 1) there's no point, this is a democratic county and it'll never change, and 2) voters here will make no difference anyway.



A little anecdote which I should write about in my own blog one day: I grew up and lived for nearly 30 years in the UK and this "visibility" thing is not done there, so when I arrived in Hawaii in Sept 1996 I was treated to thousands of signs and dozens of groups lining the roads with their political signs and all the drivers waved at them. I joined in of course because I didn't know what was going on (this was just before the election in 1996). So I happily waved at these guys on the way to and back from work. They all seemed very friendly even though I couldn't vote for them.



What I couldn't work out is why there where so many signs saying "Bonk for Mayor!". That just seemed crazy and I wondered what kind of place I'd just landed in, and what sort of mad sex-depraved people I'd be living with.



Turned out that Keiko Cecilia Bonk, a green party member, was running for mayor and that the word "bonk" meant something completely different to me just having arrived from the UK. Look it up in google if you don't know the British definition already!

Keera said...

Alice, I'll feel better if the coming changes will put the power of choice back in the hands of the people and not in the hands of rich lobbyists or tiny special-interest groups. And it may be time to do away with the electoral system.



Tom, when I was a kid, there were one or two words for the sex act, one or two for getting drunk, one or two for being stupid, etc. Now there are a couple of dozen words for those things - and they're all the same/interchangeable. You have to keep track of context much more now than before to know which meaning of "hit" is meant. Which is my long-winded way of saying that "bonk" is an unfortunate last name in the US as well. :-)

alice said...

I guess I must have gone to college with some people with some British blood, because I remember people using the term "bonk" in the sense you describe. That's a hilarious story!