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Re: [OT] Slashdot and media accuracy (was Re: Improved Debian Project Emergency Communications)

On Thu, Dec 04, 2003 at 10:15:11PM -0700, Thanasis Kinias wrote:

> I was aware of the indepentents; `nonzero' referred to members of
> organized `third' parties, which could run party lists under a
> Scottish-style system.  AFAIK there are no party members in the Congress
> that are not Democrats or Republicans.

You conveniently ignored the quote by the Indian fellow who complained 
about how there are too many political parties.

In my personal opinion, the culture which is most similar to America is 
India, although we took different routes to get there: they've been 
through Democracy, Theocracy, Tyranny, Oligarchy, Nothingorcracy, and 
Sillyocracy, and so they really don't take much of anything too 
seriously nowadays.  Americans don't take anything too seriously either.

The "anarcho-syndicalist" comment was hopefully a self-conscious ironic 
reference to Michael Palin in The Holy Grail, I hope, and not serious.

"The term Whig came into common use in 1834, and persisted until the 
disintegration of the party after the presidential ELECTION of 1856. The 
anti-Jackson groups drew upon the political history of two revolutions, 
the American and 17th century English, for their name. In both cases the 
opposition to the king had called themselves Whigs. Now it was "King 
Andrew" Jackson who was the alleged tyrant.
The Whigs' direct political antecedents were the National Republicans, 
the administration party during John Quincy ADAMS' presidency 

Southerners originally hated Republicans because they were the 
Carpetbaggers who came down and acted like slimey weasel businessmen 
during Reconstructed.  (Sometimes I pull for Osama because I know what 
it's like to lose a war to Americans.  It galls.)  Jesse Helms was 
originally a Democrat.

Don't get me wrong: I absolutely loate and am ashamed of my fellow 
southerners who are consciously are subconsciously racist.  (This means 
I loathe myself sometimes -- it rubs off).  But the Whigs were the 
Republicans/Democrats before they started using the Race-issue in an 
obnoxious way to do shitty things to people, like the Democrats do now.

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