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PM Personality And French Elections

Posted in France, Politics by homeyra on October 28, 2006

I am not a morning person. I have a PM personality. I don’t wake up unless I am awoken, or … I am really excited about something. Only on vacations I change from night-owl to being a morning person. 🙂

When I was a student, 6 days a week I woke up by the alarm clock. Only on Wednesdays I would wake up by myself at 7 AM sharp.

On Wednesdays, at 8:30 AM there was a class about aesthetics by a French philosopher, which was not even held at the university I was attending! 🙂

A friend of mine mentioned that it might interest me. After the first session I attented I became addicted. The course consisted of informal discussions between the teacher and students. The theme, as I mentioned, was aesthetics but would naturally glide in all directions. Believe it or not what amazed me the most was that it was the first time I saw someone “thinking” before speaking! Whenever a question was raised, our professor, who with his long hair and beard looked like a Greek philosopher, would think in an undisturbed silence and would respond after about a minute. At that time, to me, his answers were magical. No clichés or fast ready-made ones. Each one was like opening a window in a direction unknown to me…

1981 was the year of the French elections. In my ignorant eyes it was akin to mass hysteria. When the election was won by the Socialist Party people celebrated in the streets as  though Bastille was liberated once again.

The last Wednesday before the elections someone asked the professor for whom he was going to cast his vote.

To everyone’s surprise he said he was not going to vote at all. He considered both parties liars, giving false promises and manipulating voters’ fears. It was against his principles to vote for liars.

Almost the whole class reacted: “how come? This is an historic moment for the country, how can you refuse to participate… to lie is considered normal for politicians because their adversaries also lie, it is part of the game of politics etc..”

The professor looked at the main cheerleader and told her that she was like the spokeswoman for the Liar’s Syndicate. He did not believe that people were stupid. If a politician spoke honestly, avoided promising miracles, did not invent imaginary enemies, did not simplify the problems by blaming them on his adversaries, and just talked about what he can improve and what he cannot … people would understand. He would vote for someone who tried this form of campaign.

Naïve? Maybe, but it still sounds right to me.



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  1. homeyra said, on October 30, 2006 at 11:19 am

    Don’t know where this cartoon comes from. Would be happy to add the link

  2. Bluebear2 said, on October 31, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    Your professor is correct to be sure, but I find myself in a situation where Bush and his crew must be removed regardless of my principles.

    Therefore the only hope at this point in time is to vote for the lesser of the 2 evils and hope we can pressure them into doing the right thing should they win.

    (Or should I say if the election is not stolen as in 2000 and 2004)

    There are those here proposing a third party, but at this time a vote for a third party may as well be a vote for Bush.

    In one week from today expect a huge mess from all the fraudulent voting machines that have been put into action.

    The Train Wreck has already begun – see for a great overview of the whole mess.

  3. homeyra said, on October 31, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Bluebear, I am very ignorant in all that… I recall Miller, maybe there is a 4th way: have to privatize Congress 🙂
    [ … Objections to the objections: we already have a corporate state. All privatization would do would be to recognize it as a fact. ]

  4. Bluebear2 said, on October 31, 2006 at 11:11 pm

    Oh for it to be 1995 again!

    Miller nails it – we allready have the privatized congress of which he speaks.
    Abramoff and his buddies have seen to that!

  5. Loopy said, on November 3, 2006 at 9:43 pm

    Hey there,
    nice blog, just ran into it, because of the Tin Tin in tehran bit. it’s priceless. re; the elections in france, as one living there, i can understand his hesitation. however, as much as i am NOT usually one to vote the lesser of two evils, sometimes i think you have to, when you are faced with the greater evil (i.e. sarkozy) could pose to you. i’ve seen too many elections in recent years, (eg. canada, iran, etc..) where people on principel do not vote, and in the end get stuck with the worst possible option.
    perhaps taht kidn of idealism is best for an ideal world.

  6. homeyra said, on November 3, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    Hi Loopy, thanks! I “never stop beeing amazed”:) that no politician has recently considered a new approach, something less to do with marketing/propaganda and more with some solid knowledge. We poor voters, we do as much as we can!
    Bonne chance in your new projects!

  7. homeyra said, on November 3, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks to Loopy, this one is to cheer up Bluebear 🙂

  8. Bluebear2 said, on November 4, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    LOL Thanks homeyra and Loopy.
    Go Finns!
    It would indeed be better than what we have now!

  9. homeyra said, on November 5, 2006 at 9:49 am

    I hope we install voting machines all over the world, then I will re-become a teenager and move to Finland.

  10. […] Already a lot of déjà vu. Poll manipulations, emphasizes on fear and security … 30% of the French are not yet decided about their selection, so all kind of twists remain a possibility. Rien ne va plus is for later. I was in France twice during the elections. I have already written about the first time in 1981, when the socialists won: PM Personality and French elections. […]

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