Monday, November 01, 2004

Monday. As I am walking to school, yet another campaigner for John Kerry tries to thrust a Kerry-Edwards flyer into my hands. The 'Honk for Kerry' signs may be creating more noise pollution that Kerry would approve. For the nth time, I tell the campaigner, a rotund cheerful southern mom, that I don't have a car. 'Why don't you stick it on your backpack instead", she cajoles. "Not a bad idea", I say. As I start walking, she leaves me with a utilitarian quote: "Advertising is the name of the game".
The world is watching. What will be the outcome?


Blogger Hirak said...

Whatever the outcome, the common American citizen and the rest of the world, is still going to lose. We already know about Bush's misrule and Kerry seems to be no better. He has weird ideas of his own. I would be surprised if at the end Kerry and America in general see beyond the tips of their noses. The so-called left-liberal voices that we hear in the media will still be drowned out. Don't think that the new administration is going to be any different this time. That girl handing out the stickers is going to be slightly if not sorely disappointed in the next four years.
Despite the booth capturing and criminals as ministers, Indian democracy is in better shape than its American counterpart.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Sumedha said...

As long as Laloo's Bihar is a part of India, that's enough to nullify a big chunk of 'Indian democracy'.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

I agree. As I was saying to someone today, sometimes, the only thing that is better is change. But it may be all too easy to misjudge whether it actually will be for the better or not. When a nation has been in turmoil, it always has to choose its leader with great caution, especially when the earlier leader has been controversial. I am not saying that John Kerry is an unreliable choice, but we have to learn something from the past, and at least keep in mind that victory may not be as sweet tasting as we think it is. JFK gets asassinated, LBJ becomes President, who mires the nation in Vietnam and polarizes it as nothing before. LBJ steps down, Dick Nixon himself gets mired in one of the most controversial acts of presidential infamy of all time...we can never be too careful!

6:29 PM  
Blogger Ashutosh said...

Oh, by the way, I forgot to say, I didn't actually STICK the sticker on my backpack :)

6:29 PM  

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