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In the Kingdom of the Wicked.

I went out into the world today, curious to see what people would say to Bush's re-election.

It might appear odd, at first, that someone in Sydney would expect reaction. Maybe not. The web has been filled with fellow Australian's making comments (it would equal, i think, the re-election content for the Coalition earlier in October) and my classes in the lead up to it were filled with talk. Indeed, at one stage, I thought there were two types of conversation around me: one that was about the American Election, and the other that was not about the American Election. So, you know, I expected that when I stepped out, when I made my way up to Uni and back and strolled through the city, and met up with one person, and bumped into others, and taught a class... well, I expected that they would bring it up. That it would come up just slightly.

But no.

Not one.

Well, there was one. The only conversation I had was with an American student in convience store, where I asked him how he was after the election. He said, "Fine. Nothing would've happened anyhow, so I didn't much care--not like the others in our class."

The others being the Australian students, I might add. They were most vehement. Make people vote, the chanted, make people fucking vote!

There was one admitted non-voter in my classes, and when she said it, a portion of the class looked at her with hungry, hungry eyes, just like those Christians who offer food and bibles to starving third world people. If she had opened her mouth wide enough, I think they would've slithered down her throat and infected her with some must vote kerry virus. Personally, as far as I'm concerned (and this'll be a big shock to people who read this blog regularly) the ability to not vote is as important as the ability to vote for who you want, and both ought to be respected. But at any rate, what I'm trying to get across here, is that the simple VOTE OR DIE message of P. Diddy had worked its way over here and thousands of Australians were using their ability to peer pressure people into doing the thing they wanted them too.

So, you know, I expected to hear something about the election. About Bush.

There was a warm wind.

Tumbleweeds rolled past.

Conversations about coffee, William Shatner, Catholic guilt, and if Anthony Burgess' The Kingdom of the Wicked is worth purchasing. (I bought myself a copy today. I love A Clockwork Orange, so it's time to test the rest of his work out. If you've a recommendation, feel free.) Not one word outside the handful I had.

Of course, in the global community of the net, it's all people have talked about. Even me, though I'm mainly interested in the silence.

I wonder if it'll change. (The people in the world, not me.)

At any rate, since last night, people from Japan, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, the UK, the US educational system, and the Czech Republic have passed through this blog. Some have been here before, others not.

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mariness
Nov. 4th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
Wow. I feel better. I figured that everybody around the world and especially in Australia was waking up and saying mean things about Americans.

Apparently they are limiting it to mean things in my inbox.

benpeek
Nov. 4th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
if they're saying it, they're saying it online.

but australian's can't cast too many stones. they did the same thing, essentially.
bodhichitta0
Nov. 4th, 2004 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're not being innudated. I got to thinking part of the reason I am so upset is not only because of Bush II but because all 11 of the bans on gay marriage passed, including the one in my state. The two combined, well, I'm trying to come to terms with it still.
mariness
Nov. 4th, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
That's the one that's upset me, too.

bodhichitta0
Nov. 5th, 2004 04:28 pm (UTC)
It breaks my heart. So many good people I know are just devastated by this--not just the fact that they can't marry but by the bigotry reflected in the huge defeat margins. No matter how I try, I cannot understand such narrow mindedness.

I need another glass of wine.
benpeek
Nov. 4th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC)
the anti-gay vote is the shitness.
bodhichitta0
Nov. 5th, 2004 04:35 pm (UTC)
I hope all of these idiots are reincarnated as African American gays in Georgia in their next life and get a taste of their own "medicine." Now that would be justice.
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