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Expat wanderer

Panhandle Politicians

One of the things I liked best about living in Kuwait was the lively press. When the press has freedom – and freedom is always relative – people have to be more careful about what they do. Here, on a daily basis, the Pensacola News Journal has a crime section where they run crime news AND they list the daily felony arrests – who, what and where. I love it that they name names.

When I opened the paper this week, I thought I was back in Kuwait. There is a race for an open seat in the House of Representatives, and one candidate has just been arrested for trafficking drugs. Another candidate and his wife were videotaped sneaking out and stealing their opponent’s campaign signs. LLLOOOLLL. This is hilarious:

People think there are such huge differences between our countries. . . and yet we breed the same politicians, the religious fundamentalists, the ‘get-rich-quicks-by-lining-my-pockets’ kind of guys, the developers . . . it’s almost as if when you run for office, there has to be something wrong with you. It’s a sad day for democracy when these are our candidates. What a difference technology is making – it can help keep us honest.

July 29, 2010 - Posted by | Adventure, Character, Civility, Community, Cultural, ExPat Life, Florida, Kuwait, Law and Order, Leadership, Political Issues


  1. This is a great point that you make. When I returned from Africa I thought our government would operate much smoother than the African kind. Nope. Government is government around the world.

    Comment by Suwannee Refugee | July 29, 2010 | Reply

  2. LOL, Suwanee, even more – getting things done. I took a clock to a repair place, only to discover that it closed due to the death of the clock-fixer. People you call to fix something, or install something, show up way late. I’m back in Africa!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 29, 2010 | Reply

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