"election" 2004 - a silver lining
but there is a silver lining. behold: the map of the future:
credit due to this girl who has some nifty commentary of her own.
i know, it sounds rediculous. but looking at the way things are going, it's not all that outrageous. when the draft comes (and it will) thousands of americans will be looking to Canada as a safe haven -- just as they always have. civil rights? well if you're gay and you want to get married, come to Canada! we are quickly becoming that which america pretends to be.
the rest of this post is only for people with some extra time on their hands. don't read on if you're busy 'cause it's just ranting. it's almost a complete copy of what i posted in lavendarglass's blog:
the market responded positively to kerry's consession, not in support of bush's leadership, but because stability == happy rich white folks making money.
but how this is going to affect Canada is whole other fun thing.
see bush has proved over the last 4 years that he's expertly skilled at ruining the country: unemployment: up. respect of trade rules: despicable. foreign policy: miserable. security: sad. and it shows in the economy and social structure of the country. people are more afraid, more angry and far poorer than they were 4 years ago. this has led to a cheaper dollar and economic collapse. no matter how much the bush administration tries to spin it, things are not getting better.
the american people (sadly, even the popular vote WHAT'S WRONG WITH THOSE PEOPLE?) have opted to keep monkey-boy in power, and for Canada, this means same old, same old. look for more blockades at the border, and more protectionist policies. but let me make this clear: this is GOOD for Canada.
for way too long, we've been america's bitch when it comes to trade and we've done this because it's too hard/expensive to expand trade routes with other nations. the usa is, after all the only country we have a land-route into. the more protectionist the americans get, the more we'll be forced to expand trade with more prosperous countries (read: japan & the european Union). our dollar is going UP against the flailing american dollar, and we can continue this trend if we expand our trading network.
unfortunately, their foreign policy will likely get even more scary and include military incursions into iran and more sabre-rattling wrt north korea. this part is as bad for us as well as the rest of the planet... and that's why i was hoping for kerry -- at least he seems to know what he's doing when it comes to foreign policy. i suppose that all we can do now is hope bush doesn't end up killing us all in the next 4years... because as we all know: all the gun-toting would-be assisin fanatics are on his side.