BURRIS: U.S. not so bad
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By LARRY BURRIS

The election is finally over, and many people are cheering the end of campaign ads, slogans, banners, posters and other election paraphernalia.  But in two years it will be time for another round of Congressional elections and all that entails.

     But you know what, maybe all of the time and money spent on election posturing isn't so bad, especially compared with restrictions in place in China in the face of this week's upcoming party congress.

     Here are some of the restrictions the government has put in place to prevent any unauthorized political messages from getting to the public:

     Taxi drivers have been ordered to remove rear window handles so passengers can't roll down the windows and throw out illegal messages.

     Taxi drivers have also been told to be especially vigilant and watch for passengers who might throw ping pong balls carrying reactionary messages from cabs.

     Television stations have been told not to broadcast songs containing the words "die" or "down" because the words are considered inauspicious.

     Pigeon owners have been told to keep their birds, well, cooped up, I guess so they don't drop subversive messages.

     Sales of pencil sharpeners have been curtailed, presumably to keep dissidents from sharpening pencils they need to write reactionary messages.

     The government routinely blocks internet sites that contain words the leaders find offensive or subversive.  But now they are also blocking mention of the 18th Party Congress itself.  Of course, party officials have also announced the Internet will soon undergo "routine maintenance" to make sure the Congress can carry out its business.

     So let's think about this for a moment:  an overabundance of attack and negative political ads, or restrictions on sales of pencil sharpeners.  I think I'll take the ads.

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By: MMW on 11/14/12
Great country indeed, Larry. .

We allowed rioting at a university in the south when the election results was announced, flag flying upside down at a fast food place in West Virginia, and we tolerate some notable public individuals to openly talk about secession, even to introduce a bill in one state to do that.
We can ridicule the president with birther, Marxist, socialist and even Hilter-like actions comments and still enjoy freedom.

And we have the same unhinged on the right saying “we don’t accept bipartisanship in the pursuit of tyranny” and openly call for “Revolution.” “Liberty vs tyranny” and “America is doomed beyond any hope of redemption.......and talk of the future fills me with dread and terror” seem to be the tenor of the day.

And all unhinged agreed, as it was pointed out, the Apocalypse is at hand and the next four years will usher us into a totalitarian hell.

But we know we are better than that.

So Larry you are correct and thanks for reminding all.


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