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The seriousness they deserve

I know, I know. It’s the most important election of our lifetimes. You know what? Every single election of my adult life has been described (in all seriousness) as The Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes.

And it’s always true. And about half the time we win TMIEoOL, and about half the time we lose it, and society lumbers on.

Don’t mean to sound cynical, but do you know we’re about the only country in the Anglosphere without a tradition of joke parties? (Well, we did have the Cool Moose Party in Rhode Island. Go Rhody!).

At a minimum, joke parties thumb their noses at the main parties, who take themselves entirely too seriously. At best, they win a few seats and are able to wreak a little much-needed havoc on The System. I know, I know…third parties throw elections to the other guys. But sometimes I think…has the GOP really been a worthy custodian of our loyalties?

You’ve probably heard of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party (pictured) in the UK. There are scores of others, though…some with a serious point, others not so much.

There’s the Church of the Militant Elvis Party, which is a sort of anti-Tesco’s supermarket party. The Citizens for Undead Rights & Equality (CURE) is the largest Zombie rights organization in the world (launched as a publicity stunt for the video game series Dead Rising in 2010. They fielded four candidates and got three hundred something votes). There’s New Millenium Bean Party, run by an orange guy on the platform of letting children choose their parents and making tattoos bilingual. Then there was the I Want to Drop a Blancmange Down Terry Wogan’s Y-Fronts Party, which was…well…it’s a sort of a pudding and he’s a sort of a radio personality.

Oh, and they have ’em in New Zealand (hullo, Oceania!) and Europe and even Iceland. Turns out, there’s even a Lemon Party in Canada! They have vowed to restructure Canada’s economy to be centred on lemon production, support global warming so lemons can be grown in Canada, abolish Toronto and repeal the law of gravity. No relation to that other thing — if you wish to sleep soundly in your bed tonight, for the love of sweet baby Jesus, do not Google “lemon party.”

Oh, well. Maybe the next election won’t be The Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes, for once, and we can treat politics with the seriousness it deserves.

As if.


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: October 2, 2012, 10:59 pm

Canada had the Rhinoceros Party from 1963 to 1993. They were effectively shut down in 1993, when a new rule required a party to file in at least 50 ridings at $1,000 a pop.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 2, 2012, 11:08 pm

Oh, that’s a dirty trick, Rich.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: October 2, 2012, 11:41 pm

I digested my inner child and resisted both searches. I salute your insidious skills, RR.

Comment from Mija Cat
Time: October 3, 2012, 12:11 am

But .. But. But… Weasel! Are you telling me the Libertarian Party is .. serious!?!?!


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: October 3, 2012, 1:02 am

I didn’t really get the sense that the 2000 or 2008 elections were of earth-shattering significance but this one? Yeah this really could be the one.

Comment from sandman will resist
Time: October 3, 2012, 2:03 am

I want to start my own party: The Lying Back-stabbing SOB Party.

Our only motto: “Of course I meant what I said: The Lying Back-stabbing SOB party stands for honesty. We have since Lincoln ran for us in 1963.”

Our party mascot? A Pig in a Poke.

Comment from sandman will resist
Time: October 3, 2012, 2:04 am

Otherwise I’d run as a Librarian, like Johnson is.

I like libraries.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: October 3, 2012, 3:19 am

The Low Flat Tax and Zero Gov’t Debt By Law Party, there’s something I could get behind. The Gov’t Employees Aren’t Allowed to Vote Because of Conflict Of Interest Party would be good too…maybe a merger of both…actually better make that Anyone Who Gets Money From The Gov’t Forfeits Their Right To Vote Party…there, that’s better…

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: October 3, 2012, 4:10 am

Meh. Got tired of the bullshyte, so I became a Morlock.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: October 3, 2012, 8:11 am

I must confess, I am at least slightly tempted to watch the debate tonight. But I’ll probably get over it…

Comment from Tom
Time: October 3, 2012, 9:46 am

Godwinning myself here but…

The July and November elections of 1932 held in that quaint backwater country of, what was it called again, Germany?, might have each been TMIEoOLs. Just occasionally, as Christopher Taylor said, the election really is significant and who gets the brass ring is important.

Comment from Pablo
Time: October 3, 2012, 12:17 pm

(Well, we did have the Cool Moose Party in Rhode Island. Go Rhody!).

You’ve got to love a guy who runs on a platform of abolishing the office he’s seeking. Healey always gets my vote.

Comment from mojo
Time: October 3, 2012, 2:54 pm

Does the “Guns and Dope” Party count?

(Only to 10, Mudhead…)

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: October 3, 2012, 3:36 pm

Any single election isn’t going to change the fact that HALF of the US lives off the other half, and they like it just fine.

I fear for the Republic.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: October 3, 2012, 3:40 pm

A friend made this movie:


Comment from Crabby Old Bat
Time: October 3, 2012, 4:31 pm

Gracie Allen ran on the Surprise Party ticket in 1940, and got over 40,000 votes.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: October 3, 2012, 6:06 pm

Well, Bush gave us Roberts & Alito (so one out of two), & I wouldn’t expect ol’ Mittens to be much better. but then you think that SCOAMF gave us Sotomayor & Kagan, so fuck that noise: this one is actually pretty important.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 3, 2012, 6:54 pm

My personal philosophy comes from ‘ Ol Mr Natural’ whose framed picture graced the walls of my office for many years – even when I got fairly high up the pyramid. It was the picture of him on the tractor, with the motto,
Twas ever thus”

That is: Yes, things are F’d up but they’ve always been F’d up, and they always will be F’d up.

I used to teach new staff members this. So, don’t be surprised or angry about things; just try to do something about it, and don’t be surprised when that doesn’t completely fix thing. Just keep on keepin’ on.

Of course they bought me out and pay me handsomely to stay away now, so make of my philosophy what you will.

Comment from Redd
Time: October 3, 2012, 9:53 pm

I’ve been reading about this old unrepentant British commie, Hobsbawm, who just kicked the bucket. Can’t believe the gov would give him any honors in that he was just find with the murder of millions by Stalin.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 3, 2012, 11:42 pm

Hobsbawm was a vile, lying, unashamed supporter of Communist murderers and psychopaths. He even admitted, on record, that Stalin’s genocides, in his opinion, were justifiable.

That is how evil he was.

So how could he have been so feted in the UK? It’s easy to understand – though possibly not from an American standpoint.

To get your head around his secular canonisation, the first thing you have to understand is that Hobsbawm was a Hungarian Jew, who arrived here, having fled Hitler. There is a great deal that could be said about similar escapees, including those who went on to infiltrate, then metastasise, throughout the US educational system – the so-called Frankfurt School, that has done so much harm in the USA.

In England, there isn’t the rational counter to this influence that there is in the USA. Hobsbawm became part of the group that included the trio of Cambridge educated traitors (Philby, McClean and Burgess) who spied for the KGB and who operated more or less openly at Cambridge before WWII, going on to wreak havoc in the 1950s and 1960s. The company he kept was no coincidence.

Much as their opposite numbers in the US came to occupy the ‘heights’ of the US educational system, so did creatures like Hobsbawm here. Philby, McClean and Burgess spied but Hobsbawm did his work legally, inside the system, alongside fellow travellers like Ralph Milliband, the Marxist academic father of the present leader of the British Labour party, Ed Milliband, who is likely to be our next Prime Minister.

Hobsbawm and Milliband senior were cast from the same mould (Jewish communist ‘intellectual’ exiles) and together they helped spread Marxism throughout the higher education system in the UK – to such an extent that almost all university humanities departments, the civil service and the entire broadcast (and much of the print) media, are now wholly owned subsidiaries of the far Left.

It is, therefore, no wonder that Hobsbawm received a shower of glowing obituaries in the British media this week, nor that he was repeatedly honoured by the British establishment in his later life – an establishment that he had actively conspired to corrupt and pervert.

Why wouldn’t the British establishment honour the man who had done so much to fashion it?

And why not in the USA? Because you still maintain a strong rational, oppositional voice. Britain, and most of Europe, does not. It has been extirpated. Which is how a self-confessed Maoist, like Jose Manuel Barosso, can have become the President of the EU and the Hobsbawm reading (and adoring) son of his fellow traveller, Ralph, can be the man most likely to be the next PM.

Hobsbawm, this wicked, delusional, evil man, perverted generations with lies. He hated the country that saved him from the gas chambers. He even despised (in true Marxist fashion) the proletariat he pretended to champion. And yet his death has seen him treated as a hero by the people who effectively run this country. That is the measure of his achievement.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 3, 2012, 11:46 pm


Okay, then.

Comment from Redd
Time: October 4, 2012, 1:08 pm

Thanks for the informative response, Uncle B. I occasionally read HurryUpHarry and the leftards over there can’t decide whether they love or hate him. They even changed the title of one of the threads from Evil Man to Wicked Man to soften criticism.

You really think Milliband will be next PM??

Comment from mojo
Time: October 4, 2012, 9:08 pm

Most commies love “The Public”

It’s people they can’t stand.

Comment from mojo
Time: October 4, 2012, 9:12 pm

Much like this guy, although he wasn’t a commie. The two are not mutually exclusive.

Good intentions coupled with a towering ego, a disdain for individuals and an unlimited budget: a recipe for disaster.

Comment from mojo
Time: October 4, 2012, 9:21 pm

PS: “Hobsbawm” vs “Hob’s Spawn”


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 5, 2012, 12:47 pm

Unthinkable as it sounds, I do, Redd. Our TINO (ie Tory in…. etc) PM is proving to be as bad as observers feared and he’s given Labour an open goal – even though Milliband and his cronies more or less wrecked the economy.

People here have ever-shorter attention spans and already seem to have forgotten how hateful the Blair/Brown gummint was.

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