Foggy

 

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Fog rolls in from the south.

Its going to be damned difficult to navigate without better visibility.

My father-in-law reminds of this quote from H.L. Mencken (1915)

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

And that may be merely amusing or even perhaps true. Either way those of us wthout a vote don’t deserve it. Billions of fingers are crossed in the hope there is a political governor that will keep the revs slow and steady.

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Canon 5Dii, EF 50/1.4

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7 thoughts on “Foggy

    • Thanks Laurie. I still can’t bear to read any of the analysis or gloating or teeth gnashing. It just seems so unreal, as if I am looking into a hostile parallel universe.

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      • I know the feeling. Worth remembering: only 25% of US citizens voted for him; Hillary won the popular vote; among 18-25 year olds, Hillary won overwhelmingly; the entire west coast and much of the east coast didn’t support him at the polls. Michael Moore has predicted that he will be impeached or resign before his term is up. In the meantime hang onto your hat: it’ll be a bumpy ride for the world, especially low-lying island and coastal nations.

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      • It is deeply concerning that so few people vote. It is like the last BC election, which the polls got disastrously wrong as well, where only 15% of eligible voters under ~35 actually voted. It bothers me no end to think that a number of the protesters in the States, and likely a significant number of people that are deeply concerned and vocal about the situation in BC, did not actually have the energy to vote. I fear it undermines the authority and legitimacy of their protest. The low turnout gives the people in power an excuse to pay no attention to protest voices.

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      • Agreed. But I think there are a lot of reasons many don’t vote, and some of it would fall into the category of “passive voter suppression” in my view. When there are long waits at the polling stations, it’s those at the bottom of the economic ladder who have to leave to get to work, get their kids from school, fix dinner etc. Those who can afford the time and can pay to have daily tasks covered are more likely to be able to vote. If people could vote from home I think the numbers would be very different.

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      • I totally agree that in some places there is voter suppression of one kind or another. But in the US, many states have early voting for a couple of weeks, and other means around these problems, even with passive or active suppression. Some states, like Oregon, do automatic registration via drivers licenses and soon, and ballots are mailed out – Oregon had nearly 80% turnout of registered voters (or 64% of eligible) this year so that system seems to be working better than many, though can still select for the more affluent http://bit.ly/2eXQmcQ

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