Believe it or not, elections are being held in other places besides the U.S.
General elections are coming up in a week here in Spain, but people seem almost more interested in the Clinton-Obama race than in what the Spanish candidates have to say. It's not too surprising really, since the Spanish Prime Minister looks a bit like Mr. Bean, and the leader of the other major party looks kind of like an overgrown nerd with a lisp, and their policies are wishy-washy at best.
Here are the two biggest fish in Spanish politics: Zapatero and Rajoy.
I'm observing it all as an outsider anyway, since I can't vote here yet, so I guess I can have a laugh about the whole thing. But who knows, maybe by the next time around I'll have solved my bureaucracy hassles and then I'll vote too. Hopefully by that time we'll have some more interesting candidates.
Or maybe I'll end up voting for one of these minority parties. There are nearly a hundred political parties that are vying for a spot in the Spanish Parliament. Besides the usual communist, fascist, and green parties, there are some other minority parties that caught my eye.
The Anti-smoking party (Partido No Fumadores). Okay, I hate second-hand smoke as much as the next non-smoker, but are these guys really the best ones to make decisions about the economy, education, etc?
For a Fairer World Party (Por Un Mundo Más Justo). This is a nice sentiment, but their logo looks too much like the have-a-nice-day smiley to be taken seriously.
The Anti-bullfighting party (Partido Antitaurino Contra el Maltrato Animal). I don't like bullfighting either, but a political party based on this? Seriously? Oh wait, they're against animal testing, fur coats, and letting cats sow their wild oats too. Well, that's a much broader program...so obviously they can deal with the economy, unemployment, and terrorism. As long as we're nice to the animals, everything else will solve itself, right?
The Navarre Cannabis Party (Representación Cannábica de Navarra). So, if these guys get in, they'll sit around stoned all day while they debate the important issues of state? Sounds kind of like Bill and Ted go to Parliament to me.
The Pensioners in Action Party (Partido de los Pensionistas en Acción). So, what will these guys accomplish for us? Lots of resorts for the elderly to play golf? Mandatory naps at lunchtime? Don't forget, no children allowed.
The Blank Citizens Party (Ciudadanos en Blanco). This is my favorite. As a non-party, they propose that rather than leaving your vote blank, as a protest against the other parties, you vote for them instead. If they win, their seat in the Parliament is left empty. Way to go! An invisible representative is just what I need to defend my rights.
I'm thinking that, when and if I ever get Spanish citizenship, I'll found the Night Owls of Spain Party to defend the rights of all the night owls that are now suffering at the hands of all those larks. The only problem, would my candidate make it to parliament on time?