Thursday, September 4, 2008

The thrill of the race

I get why some, or maybe many Canadians are more interested in the US election than our own. We prefer celebrity stories to politics, and their elections provide more than enough glitz to keep us tuned in.

The last month or so I've seen Sarah Palin on the cover of several gossip rags. But then again she has her own soap opera going on. I won't get into my opinion of her here. Okay just briefly. Let me just say, that this woman opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest, believes creationism should be taught in schools, and, while mayor of Wasilla made rape victims pay for their own rape tests. No way she'd be getting my vote (nor would any of the other right-wing wrinklies for that matter - bring on Obama!).

So while their juicy campaign stoires are flashing up in the media all the time - do our election leaders seem a little dull in contrast? What do us apethetic audiences need to get interested? Maybe Dion and Harper should sex it up a bit to pull a few more voters to the polls (only about 41% of Albertans voted in the last provincial election).

But seriously, saying that makes me a little sad... as someone who feels it's in everyone's interest - everyone who has a house, job, kids, a car, cares about the environment or uses public services, that is - to follow politics to some degree, I feel a tad disolutioned that we need more sex in our politics to pay attention. Shouldn't we just want to care what's happening to our country?
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