Skip to comments.South Korea's Conservatives Headed for Election Win
Posted on 04/11/2012 6:32:10 PM PDT by Perdogg
South Korea's ruling conservatives were headed for a surprise victory in a parliamentary election on Wednesday, boosting leader Park Geun-hye's stature as a top presidential contender despite a liberal surge.
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Notice how it always seems to be a surprise to the MSM when conservatives win? Conservative victories are always written about as if they are flukes, accidents or not enough voters were paying attention. Liberal victories are always written about as movements of smart people finally wising up and kicking the troglodytes to the curb in favor of "progress".
I wonder what will happened to ruling camp which could become overconfident themselves. For now, ruling party appears to be heading for easy victory, but it is not a done deal. Park Geun-hye could shoot herself in the foot with ill-advised moves.
There was nothing wrong with Grand National Party, why did they change the name? Although this is apparently common in some countries.
If Pyongyang is pissed off, and rants about it tonight on Chosun Central Broadcasting, then I’ll take it!
Good news. But a caution for Americans — politics in Korea, as with much of the rest of Asia, are not like those of the United States or the West. Regionalism, personalities, and other factors are often more influential than ideology in how people vote.
Also, there is major corruption throughout the Korean political system, on all sides. Lack of transparency has consequences, and things are swept under the rug in Asian governments based on a Confucian culture of respect for authority and “saving face” that would never be tolerated in the United States or in modern European politics.
I say that not to attack but to be realistic. I like many things about Korea, but it’s not perfect, though America is rapidly degenerating to the point that I may someday say I prefer Korea’s problems to those of America.
That (Hope) sounds (Change) rather (The One) familiar.
Grand National Party was one of the coolest names ever. I was crushed when I learned they changed it for no good reason.
Imagine if our parties changed names at the drop of a hat. What would they be called today?
Looks like the good guys were ahead in the polls so I don’t know why it’s a surprise they kept the majority.
A hostile nuclear Canada? Sounds fun. ;)
The Dems would be the Socialist Liberation (Impy - well, somethin that starts with I) People’s United Progressive Democratic Party (SLIPUPDP)
The GOP would now be the Republican Moderate Progressive Centrist We Aren’t Rightwing Party (RMPCWARP)
"Internationalist" would be a good "I" word to put in there.
SLIP or SLIPUP would be good.
International(ist) is a good idea.
Now that NK has had splash down I guess South Koreans can focus on the Samsung 500 this weekend.
Just don't say "their beer sucks!" (like John Candy in Canadian Bacon)
You can say it, but you just have to remember to also say it in French. (The only funny thing Michael Moore has ever done).
13 posted on Fri Apr 13 2012 07:32:53 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) by Impy: “A hostile nuclear Canada? Sounds fun. ;)”
I understand your point and as someone who has South Korean relatives who were dragged north by the Communists and have not been seen in decades, I don't minimize the problems faced by South Korea.
1. The South Korean military is among the best in the world. If all they had to worry about was North Korea, Seoul would long ago have taken care of the problem. The real fear is not what's north of the DMZ but what's north of the Yalu River... i.e., China.
2. Long term, while I am an economic conservative, national defense conservative, and social issues conservative, I consider moral values more important than economic success or what the bible calls “trusting in horses and chariots,” i.e., the power of the military. Sodom and Gomorrah were economic success stories, too... at least until God rained down hellfire on their heads:
Genesis 13:10-15: “And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom. But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the LORD exceedingly. And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever.”
I'm very much aware of the growing problems of Korea, many of which are caused by importing Western entertainment and immorality. I'm not prepared to give up on the fight here in the United States, but there comes a time that God lets people wallow in their wickedness.
Funniest graffiti I ever saw was in Quebec City... somebody spray-painted (in English) on a wall... “F**k you... IN FRENCH !” This was a few years before “Canadian Bacon” came out.
HA! I think you may have told me that before. Epic.
It must have been during the gearup to the QB independence referendum.
Canada could well do without them. France, only with 100 times more snow!
This was in 1991. Still, it’s a beautiful province and no American state equals it in both its natural features & architecture. I hope to visit it again before long...
Montreal island looks nice in pictures. The politics though makes Vermont seem right-wing so I wish they would have gone independent.
When I was a teen my family went to the D-town area, business trip for my mom, and my dad took my brothers across to Canada. I wanted to stay home so I did. Cause of limited resemblance to dad the border people questioned my brothers before they let them in.
I regret not going and adding MI and ON to my “visited” list. I’ve got 14 states including Alaska (was a baby don’t remember). Oh wait 15, cause my mom told me recently that she went to Ohio once while preg with me, so I’m counting it.
Mexico (trip to Cancun, was in 2 Mex states) is my only foreign country. I wish I had $$$ to travel. I love looking at maps.
Although Montreal was on my list of stops to see, we weren’t able to, but we did technically drive through it, the traffic was horrendous. They drive like Europeans, very fast and tightly clustered (my father was driving — almost white knuckle).
Speaking of VT, if that f’tard Governor of theirs had been killed by those bears he was so stupidly trying to “shoo” away, a Republican would be back in charge (who slipped under the radar to succeed Lt Gov Brian Dubie, who ought to be the Guv now).
Too bad you and your brothers didn’t have a bit of fun at the border... tell the border agents (with fake heavy accents of unknown Eastern European/Middle Eastern origin), “We’re here to buy your women... how much for the women ?... how much for the leeetle girls ?” ;-D
You should put up the graphic of the states you’ve visited, use the one on my page which links to the website and personalizes it for you. How did you manage to get to Alaska as a baby ? Frustratingly, despite being within eyesight of it (just a couple of miles from it, exiting Quebec, I’ve never set foot in Vermont).
I have been in Mexico, to Mexico City (but not since 1976 when I was a kid) and some of the border states (Sonora & Baja California Norte). I willfully passed on my father’s bright idea to drive into Ciudad Juarez (this a year after Quebec in 1992). Although there were no problems, I doubt I’d feel safe going back to the little town on the Sonoran border of Agua Prieta (opposite Douglas, AZ, near Tombstone) or Tijuana (the day we were in Tijuana was when the Rodney King verdict riots erupted up in L.A. and we didn’t know until going to dinner late in the evening — it forced the remainder of our trip to be altered, since we couldn’t go to L.A., and I still haven’t been since).
My parents took a cruise to Alaska when I was a baby, took me with. Unless mom put me down to crawl when they stopped on land, which is unlikey, I never “set foot” on Alaskan soil but I was there.
That’s also why I was in California, stopover in the airport (and again during a trip to Hawaii).
I’ll put up that map, I haven’t even looked at my FR page in while.
“Were here to buy your women..”
Ah, haven’t seen that movie in a long time. Think those hosers would have had a sense of humor? ;p