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First Tuesday of the Eleventh Month of the Fourth Year

November 6th, 2012 (02:28 am)
current location: A sometime pocket borough in the English and British parliaments
current music: A particular Leonard Cohen song would be appropriate, but it is late here.

Election day for the United States of America is proceeding in measured strides across the Atlantic in a coat dyed in blue-black. Its morning garment, dappled in pink and azure, is pursuing it from Central Asia; and once it has come within sight, the festival of levers and buttons and punched paper and questions and mandates and plebiscites and colleges electoral can begin in earnest, only to end when the day casts its coat into the Pacific, the shadow of the task to come having turned it rust red and slate blue. Good luck, idealists of a democracy speckled representative and direct, heirs all of a Congress Assembled, a long time ago.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/555783.html.

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Posted by: eglantine_br (eglantine_br)
Posted at: November 6th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)

That is a beautiful thought. I like the idea of the day coming at me, across the planet. I hope that it is a good day-- and that a better future comes with it.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 6th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)

Glad you like it!

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: November 6th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Marxist

Probably the most optimistic - and poetic! - thing I've seen about this election, which seems to have been particularly bitter and uninspiring on both sides.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 6th, 2012 04:52 pm (UTC)
US_politics

I thought a dose of idealism might be appreciated in that context, though the American political system is in dire need of reform.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: November 6th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Marxist

It seems to me that idolatry of the Constitution and the "wisdom of the Founding Fathers" makes such reform even less likely than reform in Britain.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 6th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
US_politics

Yes; which I find ironic as many of those who idolise the 'Founding Fathers' (most of whom would be very surprised to find their Constitution still in force today) would I suspect be happiest under the Articles of Confederation which prevented the establishment of a strong central government - hence the presence of Samuel Huntington, the first presiding officer to use the style 'President of the United States [of America] in Congress Assembled' (in 1781), in my userpic.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: November 7th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Marxist

Insomnia has led to me being up and watching the BBC coverage. I've never stayed up for an election before, UK or US. I should probably go to bed (I need to be up early tomorrow), but it's strangely compulsive: people number-crunching, talking about previous elections and speculating, without actually saying very much... Someone should re-examine the things reporters say in the run up to an election and especially on election night after the event and see how much they actually got right. Naturally the reporters themeselves might not be willing to do this. I wonder if I could get a research grant?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 7th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)

I've been watching NBC's coverage online, while doing some proofchecking work (very slowly and carefully). One of their reporters made a comment about how appalled the Founding Fathers would be about the implications of this election for demographics, equality, etc... this struck me as a profoundly ahistorical statement.

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: November 7th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
Marxist

Appalled by the number of non-white, non-male, non-Protestants voting?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 7th, 2012 03:21 am (UTC)
US_politics

Among other things - and by the absence of property qualifications too!

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: November 6th, 2012 06:40 pm (UTC)

... and this one could almost be by The Darkness ...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: November 6th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)

I am even less familiar with their output than I am with that of the Undertones!