Thursday, October 14, 2004

Clark County, Ohio - beware! 

Via Tim Blair, comes this news of a British intervention in the American Presidential election, brought to you by the "Guardian" newspaper:

"The result of the American election in less than three weeks could have huge consequences for the whole world. Yet those of us outside the 50 states have had no say in it. Until now, that is.

"It works like this. By typing your email address into the box on this page, you will receive the name and address of a voter in Clark County, Ohio. You may not have heard of it, but it's one of the most marginal areas in one of the most marginal states: at the last election, just 324 votes separated Democrats from Republicans. It's a place where a change of mind among just a few voters could make a real difference.

"Writing to a Clark County voter is a chance to explain how US policies effect you personally, and the rest of the world more generally, and who you hope they will send to the White House. It may even persuade someone to use their vote at all."
So now, in addition to usual emails from "STEVE KABILA, THE SON OF THE LATE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF KONGO PRESIDENT LAURENT DESIRE KABILA" offering a share in $25,000,000, and offers on amazing penis extension pills, the poor people of Clark County, Ohio, will be receiving whining emails from British lefties encouraging them to vote for John Kerry. Where will it stop?

The "Guardian" advises its readers/email pests:

"Be courteous. Remember that it's unusual to receive a lobbying letter from someone in another country. Think about how you would respond if you received a letter from Ohio urging you to vote for Tony Blair - or [the Conservative opposition leader] Michael Howard."
I can certainly think how I would respond, if I were a Clark County resident:

"From: Arthur Chrenkoff
To: xxxxxxxxxx
Re: Please save the world and don't vote for Bush!!!!!!!!

Dear xxxxxxxxx

Get @&*%.

Yours sincerely

Three great Brit bores, John le Carre, Antonia Fraser and Richard Dawkins have already provided us with their emails to unsuspecting Ohio residents. As the old saying goes, you'd have to have a heart of stone not to laugh. Of all the absurdity, I will only quote a paragraph from Dawkins:

"Now that all other justifications for the war are known to be lies, the warmongers are thrown back on one, endlessly repeated: the world is a better place without Saddam. No doubt it is... But that's the Tony Martin school of foreign policy [Martin was a householder who shot dead a burglar who had broken into his house in 1999]. It's not how civilised countries, who follow the rule of law, behave. The world would be a better place without George Bush, but that doesn't justify an assassination attempt. The proper way to get rid of that smirking gunslinger is to vote him out."
They still don't get it, do they?


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