I might just as well warn you, gentle reader, that I writing here past 5 in the morning, only just now back from the Paris front still choking with tear-gas, and that I am very, very angry. Because of that, while it is unlikely that my opinion will change in times to come, my language might be a touch too strong for the easily shocked.
So what happened? How is it even possible that in a country that is sociologically leftist, in a country that even last month had the highest declared satisfaction ever about the current left wing government's action over the past five year, in a country that has one of the longest democratic traditions, we are now faced with a choice between a mafia-supported crook that makes Berlusconi look like a cute teddy bear, and a hardcore fascist that has publicly denied the Holocaust ever took place?
The blame goes two ways.
I don't think that the Socialists did a bad job in government. In fact, while I've been the first one to say over the past five year that they could do more, pretty much everyone agrees that they did a good job. In fact, comparing them to the Balladur and Juppé governments is likely to get smiles out of anyone, even out of right wing people.
However their campaign sucked. People wanted something strong, something to believe in. Not just "We've been good, we'll keep being good." I wanted blood from the start, didn't get it, and was indeed disappointed. The program itself was good, but nowhere did I hear about the key points in it such as the universal lodging system, or continued education. That was step one of the defeat.
Step two is of an entirely different nature. It is made up by a large bunch of fuckheads that think that voting should be a personal pleasure. How many times have I heard people say "oh I don't care, it'll be the same no matter what." While I was not a full supporter of all that the Socialists did, that statement already made the utmost braindeadness of the carrier evident. Anyone that was conscious before 97 can tell you there was a difference.
So many of them just didn't vote, or voted for their own personal pleasure instead of thinking about the people for which the CLU, the CMU, the PACS, the massive regularisations, and many other things do make a difference (eg voted for one of those delightful trotskyist candidates, such as Arlette, that keep saying that employed people should "just get a job").
And now they're complaining that they've got a choice between a crook and a fascist. Oh yeah. Poor souls, it mustn't be easy living when you're that braindead. Pah, fuck them. If you're one of them, fuck you.
Hey frenchies! was it fun laughing at americans when they eleceted Bush? Well, keep laughing while you can as if you keep it that way in three years time the only pride you'll have left is that at least your leaders don't foster fake coup d'états in oil-rich south american countries.
Anyway, what can I say? Now all those losers, all those wankers that were complaining that they weren't seeing any political differences without ever bothering to go read the actual programmes are all crying, and swearing to goodness that they'll go vote against the fascist. Oh cool, so we'll have a crook then.
What I know for sure is that I won't vote for any one of them. Between Le Pen and Pasqua's best friend, ie between a negationist and a guy that is involved in so many stories covering just about everything from simple fraud to murder and drug trafficking, I'm not giving the small legitimacy of my voice to either. Hey, I'm white, I'm French, I'm not homosexual, I might not be rich but I'm not yet poor, so why should I care? I'll just let those fucking morons sort it out for themselves, just in case this time they notice that there's a difference, and that every single vote counts.
And it they still don't, well fuck them. It's their problem by now.