Malaise


This is me yesterday: bleary-eyed (hence the sunglasses) suffering from a bad case of ‘the morning after the night before’ as I spent Saturday evening in the pub. I was on my way out of the house to go and vote in the first round of the French presidential elections. I may not live in France anymore but I still love my country fiercely and I very much care what happens to it. There is no question that I should do my duty even from abroad and go cast my vote.

And yet, for the first time in my adult life, there wasn’t a single candidate I identified with. I had to make a tactical choice and vote for the person I thought had the best chance to keep Le Pen away from the presidency, because she is a real menace. It was predicted she would get to the second round of the elections but her chances depended on who would join her there.

Should she win, heaven forbid, I will slap (hard) the first idiot who comes up to me to inform me that the French are obviously a bunch of fascists. Because should she win, it would be thanks to a wave of protest votes against politicians and politics, just like it was with Trump in the US.

Liberals are dismissing people’s concerns, political correctness is breeding resentment, so people are turning to the one misfit who makes loud (false) claims to be different from other politicians – the one who actually addresses (seemingly sincerely) the issues they care about. I can understand that, I used to be a socialist in France until they started patronising the working class on a grand scale. It’s one thing being fucked by the conservatives if you’re working class, you expect it. But when it’s the party that is supposed to be championing your rights doing it, it is that much harder to take.

The problem is that people who vote for a Trump or a Le Pen don’t realise that those would-be leaders are actually insane. And you don’t put insane people in charge of a country. You just don’t, no matter how angry you are and how disenfranchised you feel.
And yet people are doing just that: voting for dangerous lunatics who should be under the constant care of a good psychiatrist.

Where is good old common sense? It’s lacking from our current society and nowhere is it more felt than in the political field. I, along with too many others, am disillusioned – I would rather stick pins in my eyes than vote for a Trump or a Le Pen though.

At the time of writing, the results in France have given us Macron and Le Pen in the second round. I think it’s safe to say she hasn’t got a hope in hell of winning now, everyone will rally round Macron. Still, I have no faith in him like I had no faith in any of the other candidates; this political malaise is real – even if we escape the dreaded Le Pen peril, there’s just nobody to believe in.
I can’t help but ask myself if this what the climate feels like when a revolution is brewing.

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37 thoughts on “Malaise

  1. Every newscast I hear about the second round ends with the anchor saying that the outcome is assured, that Le Pen won’t win. I’ve heard this song before. It’s how the corporations that own the media get people to stay home.

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  2. I am fascinated by the fact that you were unable to find a candidate you could relate to – it seemed that there was more than the usual diversity this time round. Especially for people on the left end of the spectrum, and it seemed like a lot of people were truly behind Mélenchon (although personally I am happy it didn’t come down to that…)

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  3. It seems that the political pendulum swings further away from the center each election. I Sigh. On a positive note, I LOVE that leather jacket! So punk! Is that a piano behind you? No books on it? 😉

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  4. Yeah, the Western world is fucked. Good thing is, though, tRump is about to start a nuclear war with North Korea, over something about bad hair cuts and despot rulers, I believe. So, everything is about to end in big ass mushroom cloud of narcissistic stupidity. Like Burt Reynolds used to say to Sally Field, “Sally, the free world is full of fucking idiots. Once too many of them start voting and sane people stop, we’re all gonna be fucked.”

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  5. We are certainly suffering here under Trump, Nathalie, (unless one has money, of course, and then things are looking grand). But for the poor and working class, young and elderly, it’s going to be a tough time. I hope that Trump doesn’t start any wars before we mobilize to kick him out. As you stated, national elections are hard ways to get real positive change. There’s a movement in the US now to start putting a lot of pressure on local and state leaders – ground up change where there’s more accountability and we can have a larger impact. I hope France makes the right choice and the leaders use this as an opportunity to rethink what the people want and need. Good for you for voting thoughtfully!

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    1. I can’t imagine what it’s like living in the US right now. It just seems so horrific from abroad already! France WILL make the right choice though, Le Pen hasn’t got a chance of winning – this, I am sure of.

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      1. Without a doubt. People educate themselves more on the purchase of a new car than they do on their government and how it works. And immediate gratification is the aim, not a long term solution.

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  6. Trouble all around the world, its nothing new, yet this time it feels worse, some kind of gridlock, its such a bore when the nationalists jump forward. I should think if things got worse, we’d all look back on recent times as happy and golden – thats whats so odd about politics, its so unpredictable how people feel, how a nations feelings are expressed at a given moment, how retarded we humans are! xx

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  7. I am not surprised. I think the state of politics in Fr and UK/USA is much the same, there are no good candidates. To be a candidate means you have already fallen short. It is a troubling impossible situation. I applaud you for still voting as that is not easy. I felt the same unease myself. BTW you look great in that leather jacket, when you’re through with it, can you label it mine? 😉 Seriously though, I think it’s a sign of the times, the ‘diversity’ has meant nobody really understands anything louder than a sound bite. I wonder, this may sound wrong, but can people even THINK anymore?

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  8. PS: I guess I’m guilty of sometimes looking back and saying ‘we had so many more choices’ but probably we didn’t. I think what we did have is a less biased social system where TRUTH still existed. If I read the French papers today as I have, I only see rhetoric and inflamation, very little truth, just as with other papers worldwide. That is half the problem. We should be willing to talk objectively dispassionately almost, about BOTH sides not just her or him. PS did I tell you that jacket looks great? 😉

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  9. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings about the election. On Daily Mail and Twitter where I frequent, a lot of people are behind Le Pen. And you are ROCKING that jacket!

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  10. If it’s any consolation you look amazing compared to my morning after a boozy night. Plus love the jacket.

    Been reading alot on the elections while I’ve been supposed to be working. It’s so strange how elections of late no matter where yoy go in the world have no worthy candidates. To an outsider the non trump like candidate always seems better but yoy don’t know their local baggage. It’s truly fascinating to observe but terrifying as the UK will soon follow and as I know to my chagrin a Scotsmans vote means nothing in Westminster.

    It’s a scary political climate. Why is it the people who actually stand to be elected are people who shouldn’t be allowed to. It’d going to be an interesting year for a lot of us.

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    1. Aww, thank you! You’re very sweet 🙂
      And yes, it’s crazy isn’t it? Some candidates should be in straight jackets and people STILL vote for them – unbelievable. It will be interesting to see what happens in the UK soon, there’s still a lot of uncertainty, especially with the disaster that was Brexit – it’s left the nation so divided.

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      1. I’m pretty sure these days a straight jacket is mandatory dress wear.

        Oh the UK will be interesting…
        even more so with Scotland. My theory is little to nothing changes. the PMs gambit goes nowhere and she doesn’t get her majority. This means Brexit will be drawn out and painful. Scotland will get it’s independence vote, will win and will apply for the EU.

        Political science students must be loving the complexities of the world right now.

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  11. Malaise indeed. Lunatics indeed.
    I did the same. Voted Macron though I’m not sure I trust him.
    And everybody has got to vote for him on May 6th or 7th (nous, on vote Samedi. Décalage horaire). Some, many will abstain. That is stupid, it may give the old hag a chance. No bl..dy way!
    A bientôt.
    B.
    (Joli blouson. Où est la moto?)
    😉

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      1. Pour la moto, c’est très bien. Ce n’est pas un engin sûr.
        Neither do I trust Macron (trop mignon pour être honnête?) buuuut he’s our only choice to get the old hag out of the way.

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  12. I won’t comment on politics, but I will say your photo is wildly stirring up something that feels nothing like malaise… 🔥Even the morning after, you look AMAZING!💞

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