Well, at least election night was fun for Chinese microbloggers

posted at 10:01 am on November 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Fear not, friends — I bring you what I hope will be a small, cheering bit of perspective on this gloomy morning (it’s fittingly gray just outside of DC, anyway). If you were like me last night, in the immediate moment when you realized that the election was over, you may-or-may-not have had a brief, wild internal moment of, “Time to rethink democracy?

But, of course, that’s not the answer, and if there’s anything we can all surely appreciate from yesterday’s election, it’s that we can all be proud to live in a country in which we can all so freely express our opinions, criticize our elected leaders, and peacefully decide who we’ll put at the helm of our government at regular intervals — no fear, no violence, no coups d’état for this country, thanks. It’s a very rare phenomenon in the course of human history, and I feel that we sometimes take for granted how rare it still is in the world at large today.

If I were a blogger in China, for instance, writing the same types of things about the communist regime that I do about our federal government, there’s a darn good chance that they would swoop in, take me away, lock me up and throw away the key — and you can forget about due process. The main source for news in China is the state-run propaganda machine, oops I mean media arm, and their internet ‘privileges’ only go so far as the Great Firewall of China will allow them. As for their “elections” and government transitions? They’re a running joke — if the communist regime decides to let you joke about them, that is.

While we were all awaiting the election results last night, so were Chinese internet users, eagerly following the dramatic twists and turns of an activity the likes of which they may never know. The WSJ describes it as political “porn” for dissidents:

 Barack Obama was the top trending topic Wednesday morning on Sina Corp. SINA -1.08%’s popular Weibo microblogging service, while Mitt Romney was fourth.

…[W]ith China set to begin a once-a-decade leadership transition later this week, at least as many microbloggers used the occasion of the U.S. vote to comment, often pointedly, on the lack of input they have in choosing their own head of state.

“Both figuring out who the next boss will be, they call it ‘election,’ we call it ‘having a meeting,’” wrote one Weibo user…

“Strange situations: 1) We concern ourselves more with the U.S. election than with our own. 2) We are perfectly clear about how the U.S. presidential election works but are utterly ignorant about China’s,” wrote another in a post that was later deleted. …

The Global Times itself ran a report noting waiting times of up to seven hours at some early voter polling stations in Florida…

“We’ve waited 63 years and we don’t even know what a ballot looks like. Who should feel disgraced?” wrote one anonymous user.

The freedom to dissent without fear of repercussions, and the ability to participate in a democratic process — they’re truly beautiful things.


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The freedom to dissent without fear of repercussions, and the ability to participate in a democratic process — they’re truly beautiful things.

For now, anyway.

J.H. on November 7, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The freedom to dissent without fear of repercussions, and the ability to participate in a democratic process — they’re truly beautiful things.

Gonna be hard to do that when your congressman/senator already voted for you, four times, your computer is made of cardboard, and you have to type by candlelight.

Gatsu on November 7, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Can somebody ship Mike Huckabee to China?

EddieC on November 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

The freedom to dissent without fear of repercussions, and the ability to participate in a democratic process — they’re truly beautiful things.

That first one in particular is pretty shaky.

forest on November 7, 2012 at 10:06 AM

take a deep breath and dig in folks.

If I were a blogger in China, for instance, writing the same types of things about the communist regime that I do about our federal government, there’s a darn good chance that they would swoop in, take me away, lock me up and throw away the key

They aren’t going to take me away. I’ll go down swinging.

rbj on November 7, 2012 at 10:10 AM

We’re becoming a militarily neutered, pro-abortion, socialist, fiscal disaster. But at least we’re doing it peacefully.

shinty on November 7, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Never fear. Now that he has his increased flexibility, I’m sure “The One” will get cracking on making U.S. elections more like China’s.

JayVee on November 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

The good news… Obama can never run again.

faraway on November 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Russia is very happy. They will eat Obama’s lunch now.

After they get in line behind China and most of the Middle East. (Sorry Israel, you’re not invited)

Moesart on November 7, 2012 at 10:12 AM

What’s a ‘microblogger’? A midget?

BTW, how did we do with the midget vote yesterday?

faraway on November 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

The freedom to dissent without fear of repercussions,

That hasn’t actually been true under Obama. Not saying its nearly as bad as China, but Obama has been dealing out the repercussions to those that oppose him.

Zaggs on November 7, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I for one welcome my liberal overlords.

Now, what’s the link to sign up for my free cellphone and other shit?

Oh, and cheese. I love cheese.

BacaDog on November 7, 2012 at 10:17 AM

BTW, how did we do with the midget vote yesterday?

faraway on November 7, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Mental or physical?

J.H. on November 7, 2012 at 10:17 AM

I’ll get my revenge at the polls in two years after the country wakes up and finally realizes that we are going in the wrong direction. To say the least, this morning I am not a happy camper.

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

OT: Where I work right now (major airline, prefer not to name), the tension here is so high, management issued a company email telling employees to curtail any political talk for the rest of the week, or face disciplinary action. The tension here is so high right now, you could cut it with a knife.

pilamaye on November 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

If you were like me last night, in the immediate moment when you realized that the election was over, you may-or-may-not have had a brief, wild internal moment of, “Time to rethink democracy?”

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.” -H.L. Mencken

Glenn Jericho on November 7, 2012 at 10:20 AM

The Fed is desperately attempting to keep the Dow above 13,000, and it doesn’t look like it’s working. I suspect once it drops below 13,000 it will go into free fall.

SWalker on November 7, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Well, at least election night was fun for Chinese microbloggers</blockquote

… and American microbreweries. Well, not fun, but probably profitable.

Fallon on November 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM

The good news… Obama can never run again.

How soon until the Rats try to eliminate the 2 term rule?

CookeyD on November 7, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I have only one thing to say about yesterday’s election:
“AUGH-GH-GH-GH!!!!”
I feel much better now!

Boats48 on November 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

OT: Where I work right now (major airline, prefer not to name), the tension here is so high, management issued a company email telling employees to curtail any political talk for the rest of the week, or face disciplinary action. The tension here is so high right now, you could cut it with a knife.

pilamaye on November 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

I bet. The atmosphere at my old job is probably insufferable right now, full of libs.

changer1701 on November 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Quotes fail… Dammit, I’m starting to hate the Wednesdays following major elections.

Fallon on November 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

And there it goes…

DJIA $DJI
12,997.10
-248.58
(-1.88%)

NASDAQ $COMP
2,954.42
-57.51
(-1.91%)

S&P 500 $SPX
1,400.75
-27.64
(-1.94%)

NYSE $NYA
8,161.63
-150.7232
(-1.81%

SWalker on November 7, 2012 at 10:24 AM

SWalker….I checked the market first thing when I awoke. Some big employer on CNBC said he has a hold on hiring and already has a game plan for the fiscal cliff which means firing people. I can’t get the sick feeling out of my stomach.

CoffeeLover on November 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

The good news… Obama can never run again.

The real news, Democrats will never have a heterosexual white guy be their POTUS nominee ever again.

They have their winning formula and they will stick to it.

Moesart on November 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

SWalker….I checked the market first thing when I awoke. Some big employer on CNBC said he has a hold on hiring and already has a game plan for the fiscal cliff which means firing people. I can’t get the sick feeling out of my stomach.

CoffeeLover on November 7, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I hear ya, it isn’t going to get better, we have passed the point of no return, we are now on the downward slop, it’s greased, and there is nothing to slow us down.

SWalker on November 7, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Suddenly I feel more like those bloggers than I’d care to say.

SMACKRUNNER on November 7, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Hey, the filthy bastard got his second term. He’s going to make us suffer so why not enjoy it as he watches the economy tank under the iron thumb of his socialist goons?

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I’ll get my revenge at the polls in two years after the country wakes up and finally realizes that we are going in the wrong direction.

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Sorry, but if they were too stupid and blind to realize it after four years of a guy all but putting up neon signs saying that he is doing his best to destroy the country, they’ll never realize it.

Dopenstrange on November 7, 2012 at 10:41 AM

OMG…Just saw a CNBC commercial with all their commentators….not Santelli that I caught.

Each one pushing “compromise.” I already hate that word!

CoffeeLover on November 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Each one pushing “compromise.” I already hate that word!

CoffeeLover on November 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I see no reason why the GOP should compromise one iota with the filthy rat-eared bastard. Time to double down on fiscal responsibility, a strong military, and the end of Obamacare. Budgets still have to originate in the House. Congress still has the ability to subpeona the criminals running the executive branch.

There is more than one way to bring this filthy commie down. Remember, Nixon had to resign after he got his second term.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Each one pushing “compromise.” I already hate that word!

CoffeeLover on November 7, 2012 at 10:43 AM

We must agree to raise taxes immediately. Say that the election was a mandate for Obama to raise taxes.

Then, hold the line on everything else.

faraway on November 7, 2012 at 10:58 AM

You guys just don’t learn. Smh…

Politricks on November 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The good news… Obama can never run again.

The real news, Democrats will never have a heterosexual white guy be their POTUS nominee ever again.

They have their winning formula and they will stick to it.

Moesart on November 7, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Don’t despair. Clinton can’t run again, either.

joeeddie on November 7, 2012 at 11:10 AM

The market is going to crash. I feel so sorry for my sister who manages a small investment firm. If the firm survives, it is going to be very hard for the next 4 years.

Voter from WA State on November 7, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Market is up 4,500 since Obama took office. That’s 55% in a little less than 4 years. A 300 point fall is nothing.

sob0728 on November 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

A 300 point fall is nothing.

sob0728 on November 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

That’s 300 points in a matter of hours past the point the filthy rat-eared bastard got a second term. You haven’t seen anything yet you pathetic anti-American douchebag. Just wait until the fiscal cliff and sequestration takes full effect. There will be rioting in the streets and nobody is going to listen to morons like you.

Happy Nomad on November 7, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I wish we would quit calling this a democracy. The Founding Fathers knew a democracy would never work and deliberately designed a system that is not, repeat, not a democracy.
Unfortunately, that has not kept us from the same fate that takes down a democracy. We are in decline and there is nothing in sight that will change that. The rate of decline is scary – and I suspect the ongoing administration will double down on the policies that will help accelerate the process.

FoByFo on November 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I’ll get my revenge at the polls in two years after the country wakes up and finally realizes that we are going in the wrong direction

By the time the country wakes up, there won’t be elections. Or power stations. Or plentiful food. Or jobs. It will burn down. Sorry Erika, but the America you waxed lyrical about is already dead. It died last night. It’s just a matter of time.

Ozwitch on November 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I’ll get my revenge at the polls in two years after the country wakes up and finally realizes that we are going in the wrong direction.

SC.Charlie on November 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM

You are such an optimist, SC.Charlie!

In Europe there still aren’t enough people with a clue to rid the EU of the people who gave them the Euro currency disaster. In the most recent UK national election one third of the electorate thought that the Labour party (easily the most destructive and ruinous force in UK politics) was the best option. The USA has just proved itself to be similarly brainwashed and intellectually feeble.

YiZhangZhe on November 7, 2012 at 8:54 PM