For those outside Australia who don’t know, we had a federal election two weeks ago. The result was so close that they’re still not exactly sure who’s going to be the Prime Minister. (It’s basically a tie between the two biggest parties, so they’re both trying to woo the few independents who were elected over to their side to form a majority.) Many of my Australian friends were extremely disappointed in this result. I saw comments on Twitter about how disillusioned they were with their fellow Australians. I saw people lamenting how stupid a lot of the the voters were. (We have compulsory voting here, so everybody HAS to turn up on polling day. Many of them chose to register blank votes though in protest of the major parties.) There are people who truly believe that this election presages a really dark time for Australia.
All I can say is: at least it’s not this crap. I’d still rather live here than in a country where supposedly a full QUARTER of the population believe that the President is a Muslim. Where a significant portion of them believe he’s the actual, literal Antichrist. Where Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh poison minds with their insinuations and manipulations. Where Sarah Palin incites violence and is somehow still viable as a Presidential candidate.
Trust me, Australia. I’ll take Tony Abbott over those ass-clown fundamentalist fearmongers any day.
And yeah, I’ve been trying not to talk politics here for a while, because I know it upsets some members of my family, and I’ll probably receive some loony drive-by comments from randoms as well. But as Ebert says, it’s time for reasonable people to start speaking up instead of ignoring this crap out of politeness.