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USA vs Serbia… Presidential Elections

12 May

I have had a few political posts in here. It is a taboo but it is a very important year for both countries. It is the season to re-elect or elect a new president in the USA and Serbia.

The USA is based on a two party system. It is made of two main parties.. the Republicans and Democrats. There are other parties but they are usually not contenders in our presidential elections. A few examples are Libertarian party, Green party, Socialist party, and back in the 90’s, the Reform pary was really making a run with Ross Perot taking on Bill Clinton and George H.W Bush.

The two party system is far from perfect! You are given the choice between two parties that are made up of extremist elements. You have to try to appease large masses of people. Let’s look at me, for example… I am a liberal Democrat that supports social programs, unions, religion out of politics, minority rights, universal healthcare, a woman’s right to chose, etc… I don’t like the anti-death penalty, extreme animal rights activism, extreme anti-gun policies of my party. This forces voters into supporting a candidate and a party that has opposing views and causes major polarization! It’s like the old saying ” i am voting for the worst of two evils!”

The United States is a very divided country. We have extreme right wing nuts, the Tea Party…. and we have extreme lefty nuts, me! hhahaha… If you take a look at the last three presidential elections you can see just how divided we are! They were very close to 50% of the electorate supporting one candidate and 50% supporting the other one. The USA uses the electoral college to select our president. That is a strange method that causes it to trump popular vote. Al Gore won the popular vote for president in 2000 but lost the presidential election because of the electoral college. The electoral college is the system the USA uses to elect its president. It is based on the population figures of each state. With that info, the states are given a number. That figure then allots that amount to the winner of the popular vote of that state. Here is an updated chart showing the total votes for each state…..We are currently the only country to use this outdated system.I feel it is time to eliminate the electoral college and allow the PEOPLE to decide!

It is really sad how campaigning has evolved. They have states labeled as red for solid Republican, blue for solid Democrat, purple for swing state or a state that can “swing” either way. This causes politicians to avoid some states all together and battle for only a few states! It also causes lots of voter apathy. People on the West Coast can see how the elections results are going and they might call the election before the polls close in every state! Its STUPID!!! I think the press should be banned from reporting results until a few days later after ALL votes are counted! This would create more excitement and make you feel like your vote actually counted. I have many friends in Illinois that don’t vote. They say “what makes the difference? they are already saying so and so will win!” ughhhh

This 2012 election has been narrowed down to two candidates. Democrat incumbent Barak Obama vs Republican Mitt Romney. Obama has my vote, hands down! Romney is an out of touch millionaire from Massachusetts. He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, dodged the military by joining a Mormon mission in France, oh yeah… he is a Mormon! I am not religious and don’t care if he is a Hindu but the Mormons scare me! They believe that the Garden of Eden is in Missouri, that God lives on a planet next to the sun, that Joseph Smith is a prophet, that blacks are dark skinned because God is punishing them… ENOUGH SAID!!! He scares me!!! 🙂 Obama isn’t perfect but look at the pile of shit that was on his plate when he took over this country in 2008!!!! We had the “bailout” that the Bush administration put into place but Obama gets “credit” for! Yes, he did support it but stop blaming him for  dreaming it up! He took over a country that was bleeding jobs , housing market tanking, auto industry one step from bankruptcy, two wars, etc… It was far from heaven! Obama took the reigns and made “some” lemonade with those lemons. He was the first president in decades that was able to see the passage of universal healthcare, ended the war in Iraq, saved the US auto industry from bankruptcy.. now GM is boasting record profits, gave the order to kill Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan, signed equal pay for women act, ended the crazy “dont ask dont tell” policy, ended the Bush policy of “WE DONT TALK TO OUR ENEMIES”, etc… He has disappointed me in a few areas. He has continued to fund and up the troops in Afghanistan, he has not closed Guantanemo Bay prison, etc. I know I will hear a lot of B.S from this but that is my view and my opinions.. We all have opinions and that is what makes the USA a great place! We can disagree in a friendly, respectful way. This is where I feel Serbia has a problem!

Serbia is a country that uses the multi-party system of government. This form of government has many parties that must form coalitions to win and create policy! One single party cannot achieve victory alone! I like this in the sense that it creates unity and keeps the RADICAL elements of any group at bay! It brings most issues to the CENTER where they belong! Back home, Congress and the Senate are voting for most bills along party lines. This form keeps that from happening and allows many things to get through in a timely manner!

Serbia just held its elections last Sunday. Boris Tadic, the current president of Serbia, resigned in March to force a consolidation of all elections in May. They had 13 people on the ballot for president. Tadic came out on top with 26.2% of the vote. The next closest challenger was Tomislav Nikolic of the Serbian Progressive Party with 25% of the vote. The only other candidate to get double digits was Dacic of the Socialist Party. Serbia requires a run off election if the candidates don’t receive a certain %. They will face each other on May 20th! Tadic has been in power since 2004 and has faced Nikolic three separate times.

The biggest difference I have noticed between the USA and Serbia is the ability to discuss politics politely. I am not talking about the entire Serbian population. I have MANY friends that are support their candidate and are open minded but in general there is a lot of STRONG opinions here. My Facebook page page is a good example. I have around 4000 Serbian buddies from around the world! They are very, very diverse in their beliefs. I have many people who side with the Chetniks , many that align themselves with the Partizans, many who think Boris Tadic is a Godsend, many who think he is the worst thing that has ever happened to Serbia, many who think Seselj and the Radicals are patriots, many who think he should be in Hague for life, many who support Vojvodina independence from Serbia, many that think its HORRIBLE, many who despise the thought of Kosovo independence , many who say its time to recognize it…. WHEW!!!!! I have posted a few pictures of Tadic, Tito, etc and the comments went BRUTAL!!! I have had many friends drop me for posting a picture and many friends drop me because they were insulted by the rude comments of other Serbs and told me that I have too many radicals on my page.

The other insane thing about Serbian election season is  the amount of stickers that they post on walls, windows, posts, everywhere they will stick!! They don’t stick up just one! They have a whole wall full!! One day you might walk past a wall in the center of the city and its covered with pro-Tadic stickers. The next day you walk past and its covered over with Radical party stickers. It wouldnt be so bad if they were a two party system but they had 12 candidates on their presidential ballot!!! hahahaha.. You can tell how many of these stickers are around town. I was watching this crew of workers scraping layer upon layer off of a window in downtown Nis. What a waste of time and money!!!! We don’t see this in the USA. There are signs that are stuck in peoples yards, some billboards but most of ours are tv, newspaper, radio etc! If the politicians would spend this money on the citizens or Serbia or programs to better society they could do a lot of good instead of throwing millions into these stickers that will have no effect on voter outcome! SAD! 😦

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15 responses to “USA vs Serbia… Presidential Elections

  1. Dejan Milovanov

    May 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Our elections are stolen

     
  2. Summer.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Well, you cannot compare elections in USA which is one of the most developed countries in the world, and elections in poor country like Serbia. We have a lot of problems such as Kosovo, unemployment, EU and ofc, financial and economic problems. This is the reason of too much political parties, because every party has different idea and solutions.

     
    • cather76

      May 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      i know what you mean… very different situations… just trying to compare the two a little bit..

       
  3. Mihailo

    May 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Great article Charles! Very objective! Third-person view on our politics is so needed, I also think that a very bad habit in Serbia is that people so much identify themselves with political parties they supports. I think that this is a syndrome of yet not very developed democratic thinking here, I hope that that will change in coming years (maybe decades)…. On every elections I always know for whom to vote, but I never strongly support any party here, knowing that none party on the world is flawless. Problem here is that many people perceive the candidates that they are supporting, as demigods, very bad thing for society. I believe those are recidives of totalitarian thinking here…
    If you ever run for president of Serbia, you have my vote! ;D
    Cheers!

     
    • cather76

      May 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      hahahaha… hvala puno, brate… i think I have learned a lot about the problems that face everyday Serbs from traveling all over the country and speaking to many people… take care and thanks for reading..

       
  4. Gliga030

    May 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Reblogged this on Gliga030 and commented:
    Odusevljen sam ovim. Svaka cast

     
    • cather76

      May 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      thanks for reading, my friend

       
  5. Nikola

    May 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Actually they’ve spent 100 000 dinars per person for promoting… can you believe that. That’s 1000 euros per person. That is enough money for everyone to live normally for several months.

     
    • cather76

      May 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      very sick and sad… thanks for reading, my man

       
  6. Boris

    May 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Thats not true, Nikolić said there will be no chance to stole votes, couse they will supervise every elect place.. And Nikolić now know that he lost and will loose in 20th may and have to say something like that…

     
  7. Igor Mijovic

    May 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Don’t feel stressed talking about politics… People need to know that its not the Serbian People that are bad…its the criminals inside the parliament building. It is long since Serbia had a president or a king who cared about the people… That’s why we need people like you to tell the world that it is not the 10 million Serbian citizens that are evil… its those 50 politicians. Thank you for caring for my country so much Charles! Greetings for Indonesia!

     
    • cather76

      June 13, 2012 at 12:04 am

      hi budd… you are very welcome.. thanks for your insight!!!!…

       
  8. Vojislav Spasic, Cleveland, Ohio

    January 25, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Cather76. I read your post and must, respectfully, disagree with you on Obama, and what you posted as his “accomplishments”. My friend, Mitt Romney scares you because he is a Mormon? You got to be kidding, since we don’t even know WHAT Obama is. You do know that he attended and grew up in Indonesia and went to a Madresa? Lets leave that, and talk about his “accomplishments you post. First: he bailed out the auto industry and GM is doing great !?Srbine, he stole our money and gave it to the unions who today control 17% of GM, and the money GM is making is going to China to open 7 new plants. That’s “accomplishment”? Chrysler was eventually bought out by Fiat, and when Romney stated that Jeep is going to China, the media demonized him. Today we know that’s TRUE, as Chrysler announced that two of it’s models will be made in China.
    Next: Ended the war in Iraq ? You do know that he did nothing, since there existed a signed agreement between Bush and Iraq, that the US forces would be out of Iraq by an agreed upon date !?
    ObamaCare: You do know that it’s going to bankrupt the nation, Mayo Clinic just stopped taking Medicare patients due to “fixed” fees, and that Obama excluded 200+ union organizations from ObamaCare. Finally, the killing of Osama. You do know that Bush had a “military team” in place to kill Osama, and that all Obama did was say: yes.
    In conclusion, I must say that it seems that you mean well, but do not have all the facts, but I will leave you with another Obama failed, or misleading issue. You remember when he said: “under my plan, if you make $200,000, your taxes will not go up a single dime….not in your payroll, not dividends, nor your social security” !? My friend, have you looked at your federal deductions for ObamaCare? Thank you…Hvala, Vojislav Spasic, Cleveland, Ohio

     
    • cather76

      January 25, 2013 at 12:19 am

      I didn’t ask everyone to agree with me…. I get tons of hate mail for my Serbia videos and posts… to each their own… thank you for reading all the same..

       
      • Vojislav Spasic, Cleveland, Ohio

        January 25, 2013 at 3:54 am

        cather76: My comments were not “hate mail”, but rather points where we differ on opinions, and certainly on ideology. Hvala, Vojislav

         

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