Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Relativity

I saw on the cover of a French magazine a reference to Nicolas Sarkozy as being France's Bush. As if. I'd be looking for a new place to live that were the case.

Anyone who knows me even vaguely well knows how much I DETEST GEORGE W. BUSH. And my feelings about him resemble in no way my feelings about France's new president.

True, he is on the right wing of the French political landscape. But what seems evident to me is that the 'right' at home corresponds to the far right here. For me, a straight ticket democrat kind of girl, Sarkozy lines up with the Democratic party at home, or maybe the UDF, the centrist party does and Sarkozy is a little more to the right than them, at least in terms of economic policies. There are those of you out there who might disagree with me but whatever. Anyway, Bush, I'd say, lines right up with LePen or de Villiers, candidates who want to limit or outlaw abortions, eliminate all immigration, take protectionism to a psycho-Bush level.

As for Royal, she lines up with a left wing that we don't really have at home. Well, I guess we do, but they're never in office, or even close to it.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just say a Bush bumper sticker that you would love, but it's too vulgar to post - I'll email it to you - so check your email!

Alison said...

I agree with you on this!

zeb said...

Justify as you want, he wants to get rid of 35 hour weeks and he likes us, not really a straight Demo guy, but he if it makes you feel better to think so, go ahead we all know how you can be.

beth said...

OOPS - sorry, the ananymous comment was from me.

Nicole said...

Zeb - I want to get rid of the 35 hour work week and I like you too. But I'm still a straight Demo kind of girl. And don't you pat me on the head, even virtually.

beth said...

Love the sibling virtual sparing. . .underneath it all, I think you two are very similar!

Reb said...

I don't like Sarko and didn't vote for him, partially because I'm so used to the two party system, right vs left. But you are very right that even Sarko being "right" is still more left than most left wing politicians in the US. It's all relative really. And I'll admit that Royal was embarrassing...

Lorraine said...

I hope he works out for you. Truly.

Nicole said...

Reb - You get to vote?

Lorraine - Oh me too.

IslandGirl4Ever2 said...

I DETESTE Bush, too.. but I don't get to vote here.. So, I just read about the candidates and listened to my hubby and French friends ralent/complain about ALL of the candidates.. as many as their were... I think I would have voted for Bayrou.. but don't know much about all the Politics here since I am new here... I am a DEMO and vote in all the US elections... I hope Sarko works for France.. I wish they would abolish all of these really unnecessary taxes.. like the LUXE tax I pay for my creme de visage... --- Leesa