Regardless of what I think of them, such wild suggestions are an interesting way to break the monotony we have over here.
The way the American political system works, the rhetoric is such that it sounds like we have an epic battle for life and death and between good and evil, but the practical spectrum is very narrow, since we'll never have a President that'll make Christianity mandatory or one that will take over all industry and introduce a centrally planned economy.
He might end up as a minister for Hollande (the socialist candidate, the Great Void in person). Hollande's similar 75% tax proposal is likely a stunt, this guy have too many rich buddies to pass such a law...
As for Marine Le Pen, she's right about immigration, but acts as if she has this magical wand which will take France out of its current financial crisis... Also, there is so much political correctness and criminalization of her party in the media (since it discusses immigration) that most Frenchmen can't even allow themselves to think about voting for her. She wants to take France out of the European Union (in the long term) which is the most important thing to do. I agree with 75% of her program, the problem is that she is not that much of a great statesman (...women...?).
Finally, Sarkozy serves financial interests, without trying to hide it much. Rotten filth like never before.
Ahhh France, get De Gaulle or GTFO.
Before you get angry and start insulting me because you think I'm a liberal because I assume all conservatives are racist or stupid, let me remind you that I am not a Liberal. I am 100% fiscally conservative, but very very very left on social matters. So that makes me a Progressive.
It's a shame, really.
France just hasn't been the same since the 1790's, has it?.
And you are no Progressive, she is Progressive:
They never really changed until the 1970s. The French are quite elitist even if they tend to look like egalitarian fanatics. They can in fact vote socialist yet spend their whole lives trying to get that luxury car or a Rolex...
In other words, having money is suspicious (Catholic morality), yet they don't want to be governed by "anybody". They sort of want this "Republican Monarch" at the head of the state. They want rich and classy elites... even if they don't trust them... Not a simple country...
The townhall format of US politics would be pointless there. However, acting like a prince in front of the media is the thing to do... acting too friendly is insta-political-death.
Most of their media/political elites are rotten to the core. The present day connections between politicians, bureaucrats and journalists are ridiculous. The proportion of journalists either married with politicians or bureaucrats (renewing their contracts) is indecent. The contemporary Frenchman probably lives in a public space as occupied by propaganda as in the Soviet Union (minus the Gulags)... For example, if some Arab thug kills a grandma in the metro, the media will change his name so that it sounds like a "home-grown" french one, in case one would have the "bad" idea to make the link between immigration and security issues... Political polls are rigged beyond belief... Etc...
I'm probably the greatest revolution-wary person around, but it looks like France needs to get some heads rollin' again...
No wonder everyone hates the French.
off to go yell at some desk bitch to give me my $700 back
Last edited by Tubby_Custard; 04-15-2012 at 07:33 PM.
^ Yet they land in Paris all the time.
France and French, two very different things.