US Elections 2004

I’m interestingly monitoring the US Presidential elections on CNN. This US elections amaze me. Really. The reason for the amazement is this: I thought they are different, but not quite. The way they conduct their election and campaign this season is pretty much similar here. For instance:

1. There’s so much negativity in their campaign. I thought the Philippines is unique in this aspect. I thought it’s only us who brands candidates — the brainy and the bopols*. But they do have an “ostrich” Bush who hides his head on the ground, and an “eagle” Kerry, who soars high — that is, according to Democrats, of course. I enjoyed watching that campaign ad.

2. Celebrities do endorse candidates. In here, a celebrity endorsement can make a difference. Ah, they do have this, too! I saw Leonardo Di Caprio, Jon Bon Jovi and other big Hollywood stars joining Kerry’s campaign. This looks real familiar.

3. They also have some digitalized election problems. In here, a few months before the election, the Supreme Court dumped the electronic voting contract for fear of massive electoral fraud. While watching CNN, they featured Florida and Ohio having the same kind of problem. Even worse, I think. In Florida, they’ll be using a touch screen machine to cast vote — without a papar trail. What if they’ll be hit by a hurricane again? The lights go off, and there goes your electronic voting. In Ohio, people are confused on how to do shading for the ballots. The instruction is to connect the arrows. But when they do actual sampling, people either put an “X” or encircle the name. Reminds me of the same opposition we had for our own computerized election.

Well, I’ll be glued to our TV Wednesday morning. I’ll be late for work :) I’m hoping for a Bush win. Not for anything else, but my reason is selfish. Kerry has an anti-outsourcing policy. And we can’t afford that. As an outsourcing company, we live from outsourced US programming jobs.

Let’s wait and see.

  • leila

    hello nong!
    i cannot help but react to your blog today. this is my first US election (although i cannot vote since i am not yet an american citizen!). and i do agree with some of your observations regarding the “negative campaign”. I for one am sooooo tired of hearing all these commercials. and you haven’t heard the commercials from the state representatives and governors!!! it’s like you can hear them in your sleep! would you believe i hung up on the president’s taped voice on the phone!!! hehehe . that’s how it is here and i really cannot wait for november 3 just because all the commercials will be gone…until the next 4 years!
    but, just as i was telling my in-laws here, there are HUGE DIFFERENCES that are very noticeable between the US and Phil. elections( they ahve asked me how it is in the phils. during election time, especially because they ahve known about my protests/rally days!). For one, there are no paper ads along the electric posts, no big banners along the roads and on bridges and everywhere else. no big billboards along the highways. what you can see here are designated public areas to post signs and those posters don’t bear the pictures of the candidates!!! when i went to the polling booth with john early this morning, there was not a single paper on the ground!!! and to add to that, it only took a couple of minutes to vote! the other thing too is about the celebrities endorsing the candidates. except for the APO, and some handful of celebrities in the phils.- that is as far as the comparison goes because the celebrities here that endorsed the democrats (at least) are really real-time activists. they have stood on issues even if it is not election time. they know the issues and they are very well informed. for example, “THE BOSS” – bruce springsteen, the dixie chicks, james taylor, bon jovi, pearl jam, ben affleck, bill maher, p.diddy, martin sheen, michael moore, brad pitt, leonardo di caprio, susan sarandon, and many more….they have stood for the environment, and poverty issues (which the republicans never care about – in fact, George Bush hometown is the worst polluted state when he was governor!). these artists have been democrats since time immemorial and have given a lot of their time and effort..FOR FREE… jsut so they can get more votes for kerry. speaking of which, my activist blood is still alive within me. if i am voting now, i would vote for kerry…not for his person but for what his party stood for. the “bully mentality” of america has to stop! the cries and woes and sufferings of the civilians in iraq should stop. the rich becoming richer because of tax cuts should stop. i could go on and on and on about my political rantings but my blood pressure soars high when i try to think of Dubya’s smirk! (hahaha) anyways, as of this writing, john is out there in the poll centers watching and bringing black people to the polling centers. this is the first time he has done it. and of course, it was my urging that did it. this is a very close election and every vote counts. he actually took the day off, just so he could participate in the movement (he signed with moveon.org) and i am here at work, wishing that i can go there with him and experience my first US election at the grassroots. oh well, maybe i can do that when my citizenship comes…but that will not be until 3 more years.

  • leila

    hello nong!
    i cannot help but react to your blog today. this is my first US election (although i cannot vote since i am not yet an american citizen!). and i do agree with some of your observations regarding the “negative campaign”. I for one am sooooo tired of hearing all these commercials. and you haven’t heard the commercials from the state representatives and governors!!! it’s like you can hear them in your sleep! would you believe i hung up on the president’s taped voice on the phone!!! hehehe . that’s how it is here and i really cannot wait for november 3 just because all the commercials will be gone…until the next 4 years!
    but, just as i was telling my in-laws here, there are HUGE DIFFERENCES that are very noticeable between the US and Phil. elections( they ahve asked me how it is in the phils. during election time, especially because they ahve known about my protests/rally days!). For one, there are no paper ads along the electric posts, no big banners along the roads and on bridges and everywhere else. no big billboards along the highways. what you can see here are designated public areas to post signs and those posters don’t bear the pictures of the candidates!!! when i went to the polling booth with john early this morning, there was not a single paper on the ground!!! and to add to that, it only took a couple of minutes to vote! the other thing too is about the celebrities endorsing the candidates. except for the APO, and some handful of celebrities in the phils.- that is as far as the comparison goes because the celebrities here that endorsed the democrats (at least) are really real-time activists. they have stood on issues even if it is not election time. they know the issues and they are very well informed. for example, “THE BOSS” – bruce springsteen, the dixie chicks, james taylor, bon jovi, pearl jam, ben affleck, bill maher, p.diddy, martin sheen, michael moore, brad pitt, leonardo di caprio, susan sarandon, and many more….they have stood for the environment, and poverty issues (which the republicans never care about – in fact, George Bush hometown is the worst polluted state when he was governor!). these artists have been democrats since time immemorial and have given a lot of their time and effort..FOR FREE… jsut so they can get more votes for kerry. speaking of which, my activist blood is still alive within me. if i am voting now, i would vote for kerry…not for his person but for what his party stood for. the “bully mentality” of america has to stop! the cries and woes and sufferings of the civilians in iraq should stop. the rich becoming richer because of tax cuts should stop. i could go on and on and on about my political rantings but my blood pressure soars high when i try to think of Dubya’s smirk! (hahaha) anyways, as of this writing, john is out there in the poll centers watching and bringing black people to the polling centers. this is the first time he has done it. and of course, it was my urging that did it. this is a very close election and every vote counts. he actually took the day off, just so he could participate in the movement (he signed with moveon.org) and i am here at work, wishing that i can go there with him and experience my first US election at the grassroots. oh well, maybe i can do that when my citizenship comes…but that will not be until 3 more years.

  • riz

    haha. i wanted Bush to win too, because of the same reason. (ayoko mawalan ng work kuya ko noh!! hehe). last Sunday, our pastor mentioned that Bush testified on being a believer of Christ as his Savior, and that Kerry has campaigns that are pro-homosexuals. uhm. hehe. i duno if those are true. pero sympre, i had more reasons to root for Bush.

    oh well, i trust that whoever wins is God’s will. lets just leave it to God’s hands. :)

  • riz

    haha. i wanted Bush to win too, because of the same reason. (ayoko mawalan ng work kuya ko noh!! hehe). last Sunday, our pastor mentioned that Bush testified on being a believer of Christ as his Savior, and that Kerry has campaigns that are pro-homosexuals. uhm. hehe. i duno if those are true. pero sympre, i had more reasons to root for Bush.

    oh well, i trust that whoever wins is God’s will. lets just leave it to God’s hands. :)

  • http://graceplace.ph Arnold

    Whoa! That was powerful, Leila. I am stuck on CNN for about 2 days now and as if I can hear you speak in front of the television! That was profound for an “almost” first time voter. :-)

    I agree, there is a huge difference between ours and the US’s election. The US election for one is so organized, I think. Unlike here, it’s a mess. Nonetheless, those few observations I made were little similarities.

    I am detached from the US issues so as you can read, my reason for chearing for Bush is for selfish reasons — that is, because he’s outsourcing-friendly.

  • http://graceplace.ph Arnold

    Whoa! That was powerful, Leila. I am stuck on CNN for about 2 days now and as if I can hear you speak in front of the television! That was profound for an “almost” first time voter. :-)

    I agree, there is a huge difference between ours and the US’s election. The US election for one is so organized, I think. Unlike here, it’s a mess. Nonetheless, those few observations I made were little similarities.

    I am detached from the US issues so as you can read, my reason for chearing for Bush is for selfish reasons — that is, because he’s outsourcing-friendly.

  • http://graceplace.ph Arnold

    Hey Riz! Yes, I heard Bush is a devout evangelical (from the Methodist heritage, I think). On the other hand, Kerry’s simingly like a pro-homosexuals does not mean he like people to be homosexual. I think he just wants equality in as far as rights is concerned.

    I also believe that we Christians need to change the way we see homosexuals. They too, are children of God. While we condemn the practices, let’s keep in mind that God loves them the way we are loved.

  • http://graceplace.ph Arnold

    Hey Riz! Yes, I heard Bush is a devout evangelical (from the Methodist heritage, I think). On the other hand, Kerry’s simingly like a pro-homosexuals does not mean he like people to be homosexual. I think he just wants equality in as far as rights is concerned.

    I also believe that we Christians need to change the way we see homosexuals. They too, are children of God. While we condemn the practices, let’s keep in mind that God loves them the way we are loved.

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