The real winner of the Polish elections: No One of the I Don’t Care party.
Recent presidential elections in Poland concluded in a surprise win of the Law and Justice party young candidate, Andrzej Duda, who narrowly defeated the incumbent president Bronisław Komorowski of the ruling Civic Platform.
However, the real winner of this election is… No One, as the plurality of voters (44%) decided to stay at home or cast an invalid vote. This election was anyway special, as usually in Poland the majority of voters do not care to vote.
What’s interesting on this map is that, as usual when it comes to the maps of Poland, former borders are highly visible. Almost always it’s the 1914 borders but this time it’s 1939 borders. Areas that were Polish before the war presented better voter turnout, while those that were German back then, are apparently inhabited by people who don’t care.
Should men pull a John Galt on Women so they wake up?
If men are the problem, then men will leave women alone.
I ask all productive, smart, hardworking men in all fields to drop out of the entire economy and society and go rogue. Become self sufficient and learn to live as anarchists. Men everywhere should simply let women do all the work men usually do for them while they hate us.
I ask all hard working men in these fields to quit or absolve helping any ungrateful bitter self-entitles woman:
Military (disposable cannon fodder wars voted by female voters)
Construction and heavy repairs (Plumbers, Electricians etc)
Cargo and Shipping
All miners and lumberjacks
All computer technicians and appliance fixers
and many many more…
Also All men have to stop putting women first:
Stop paying for dinner
Dont buy them gifts and bullshit
Dont open doors for women if you would not do same for a man
If she doesnt need a man, then I dont need to help her if attacked.
Barry Fitzgerald had a drama-filled 1945. In that year the Oscar trophies were made out of plaster due to limited natural resources. The stronger materials were all funneled to the war effort. Academy voters inadvertently nominated him in both the lead and supporting categories for his part in “Going My Way” making him the last person to be nominated twice for the same role. He won for Actor in a Supporting Role and his co-star Bing Crosby won for Best Actor in a Lead Role. While practicing his golf swing Fitzgerald knocked the head of the plaster trophy clean off.
“Going My Way” did quite well at the Oscars that year. It won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Writing (Original Story), Best Screenplay, and Best Music (Original Song).
In a spirit of optimism, here’s the potential downside for the GOP of a Trump Presidential win:
1) They’ve made promises to their base they literally cannot deliver on– no return of manufacturing jobs, no rebirth of the rust belt, no disappearing non-whites from the culture. Beyonce will still be a star. Movies and TV will still continue to move slowly toward a more diverse cultural representation. Gays and Lesbians and the Transgendered will not go back in the closet.
2) If the GOP Congress passes the kinds of trade restrictions and fiscal deregulation and tax cuts and embrace the monetary policy Trump was elected to implement, there will be an economic disaster.
3) If the GOP Congress, now that it completely owns the entire government, does NOT deliver on Trump’s promises, their voters will know exactly who to blame– them.
4) The GOP donor class only supports one of Trump’s policy ideas– tax cuts. They will oppose every other Trump economic proposal.
5) If the GOP defers to their voters, they’ll be at war with their donors. If they defer to their donors, they’ll be at war with their voters. They have no way out.
6) The dream legislation of the GOP Congressional majority is roundly opposed by the potential majority of voters– though that potential majority failed to appear this year.
7) Victorious Presidential parties historically have disastrous midterms. If history holds (a big if after this year) Democrats may have a rebound in 2018, potentially giving them the power to rewrite GOP gerrymandering after the census in 2020.
8) The dog that catches the car rarely knows what to do with it.
9) The GOP has won elections by tossing rotten meat to rabid wolves. Those wolves remain hungry.
Today, June 4, marks the anniversary of
Congress passing the 19th amendment, which guarantees American women the right
Seen here is a 1944 Roosevelt campaign
poster encouraging women to register to vote. At the time, with so many men in
the armed services and unable to vote, women made up 65% of the voters in the
Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson promised to “strike at the causes, not just the consequence” of persistent poverty in America. His War on Poverty, he told a joint session of Congress, would do more than alleviate immediate economic needs; it would “strike away the barriers to full participation in our society.”
Americans may have tired of Johnson’s war, but the struggle is far from complete. Not only does poverty persist across the United States today, but American democracy itself has become impoverished. The two are more entwined than is commonly thought.
As the foregoing articles in this series have shown, tens of millions of citizens, and would-be citizens, are struggling to earn their keep and keep their faith in a democratic system from which they are excluded. Millions more low-income citizens have a hard time making it to the polls for reasons that are partly within and partly beyond their control. Making matters worse, the politicians on whom they rely do not rely on them: a tiny fraction of wealthy Americans and special interest groups lobby the federal government, and a fraction of one percent of citizens provide the lion’s share of campaign funds.
However you slice and dice the numbers, people in poverty are at a serious, structural disadvantage when it comes to making their voices heard and having their interests represented in Washington. They are far from equal citizens in the public square.
Those who are screaming about fraud are crying wolf. This is true of the most frequently reported forms of putative voter fraud—including double voting, voting in the name of dead people, and—most importantly for the purposes of this hearing—individuals impersonating registered voters at the polls. The Brennan Center’s exhaustive research revealed that there is little to no reliable evidence of in-person impersonation fraud, in Texas, or elsewhere in the country. And, of course, this form of fraud is the only misconduct that a voter identification requirement will address.
This is worth repeating: the only problem that a voter ID requirement could possibly fix usually doesn’t exist. Texans are struck and killed by lightning more often. And there are far, far more reports of UFOs every year than instances of impersonation at the polls.
Attorney Adam Skaggs, senior counsel for New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, during testimony on the merits of proposed voter ID Laws. Skaggs’ comments were made before the Texas Senate, during hearing that took place in 2009.