Monday, May 21, 2012

More of the Same I Fear ...

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The elections in France have come and gone, a new president is now in office. The campaigning was uninspiring, the debate between the final two candidates was lackluster, which is the kindest word I can find for it.  I admit, I have never had any attraction for politics. Seems like wherever one looks the business of running countries and armies and economies around the world is thoroughly corrupt in varying degrees. And our leaders in the political arena don't have the power or the courage to make any of the real changes this planet Earth so badly needs. But what else is new ? So I guess it will be more of the same. Even if there are some fairly worrisome cracks starting to appear in the foundations of our current version of civilization.
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There were still some campaign posters visible last week, though starting to disappear, plastered over, torn off. The gentleman in this image didn't have much of a chance in the voting, and didn't make it to the  final round, but he sure has the classic politician's re-assuring smile. The blond hair visible here belongs to the extreme right candidate who finished in third place in the first round. Says a lot about where politics may be headed in the future in Europe. Depending on how fast the cracks widen. I like how the word "REPTILE" is visible across the top here from an underlying poster. There is something vaguely reptilian about many politicians.
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Am not sure which party this next candidate was representing . . .
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Our outgoing president will go to wherever it is that ex-presidents go. He must be feeling quite disappointed, after losing by a very narrow margin. If he had given slightly less the impression over the past five years of being too close to the very wealthy elite, he might have had a better chance at a second term.
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With the face missing off this last poster, I couldn't help but think of a line from an old song which says, "Like I told you, what I said, steal your face right off of your head..."
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Seems like this last poster spotted not far away from the presidential pretenders about sums up the whole affair, imho of course. Time will tell.
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16 comments:

Gwen Buchanan said...

Love the reptilian connection.. Seems the same is going on everywhere. no choice worth choosing. unbelieving citizens. trust really has gone out the window.

French Girl in Seattle said...

Excellent post, Monsieur Toad, and I wholeheartedly agree with you. I was just watching the new French prez' trading jokes with Obama on TV over the weekend-- and was reminded of that most excellent French comedy, "Le Dîner de Cons" (The Dinner Game.) I will let you guess who was who in the exchange. :-) Enjoyed seeing the torn affiches de campagne. Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose, n'est-ce-pas? Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

the fly in the web said...

Same reptile running the show..different puppets...

Lorrene said...

Reptile is such a fitting description for the political world. France, USA or anywhere. Same crap, different country.

Steve said...

Reptiles... dinosaurs... same thing indeed.

Peter Olson said...

Who are leading the world of today - if anyone- , politicians, over-paid bankers...?

However, we all complain, but should we rather try to "do" something? Easier said than done!

louciao said...

Excellent observations, both visually and intellectually. The tearing away of layers on the posters leaves some very intriguing spontaneous collages, enhanced by the photographer`s framing of the image, arguably raising it to an art form. Well, something worthwhile might as well result from all the campaigning and politic-tick-ticking of the world-in-crisis time bomb.

James said...

The last poster says it all! I'm hoping for a new president in the fall but I'm not thrilled by the choices.

PS. I'm living in Grapevine Texas between Dallas and Fort Worth but about 25 miles North. After this who knows? :)

Robert Geiss said...

Thank you very much for this comment upon current developments, and these inspirations !

It should be more or less the same over here, i.e. the party, which was first turn out first again, the second second etc.

What will happen afterwards - it will probably be either "in or out". Please have a good Tuesday.

Stickup Artist said...

I think the clown poster sums it all up. Unfortunately, the skull candidate might be closer to the truth sooner than we think. Hope not. An excellent commentary on the state of affairs worldwide in visual form. A picture is worth...

Owen said...

Ah, you good people...

We deserve better, methinks...

But what concretely can we do to really make changes ? Not an easy question, no easy answers. Keep blogging away quietly...

Robert Geiss said...

Once again I'd like to thank you for this inspiration, as a day after I went out "hunting" voting posters and alike. Entry scheduled for June 2nd, called "Black Sunday". Thank you very much. Please have a good Friday ahead.

-K- said...

Even if a photo doesn't result, I always stop to look at peeling posters. The ones you found are especially interesting. Well done.

Le Journal de Chrys said...

Tu sais que normalement l'affichage sauvage est interdit? Du coup, toutes ces affiches qui sont éparpillées de ci de là ne devraient pas l'être. Je ne crois pas que les partis politiques soient sanctionnés sur ce coup-là.

Du coup, on peut faire plein d'images intéressantes!

The Sagittarian said...

I reckon the guy with the red hair in the last picture would epitomise most politicians?

Pat Tillett said...

1.I'd say that there is something VERY reptilian about many politicians.
2. I really think that clowns are scary. Your clown photo reaffirms that fact.
3. All of these photos are good, but that first one is a great find.