We're having one, too, and I don't hear any of the vitriol up here like I do on this board. [..] Why all the heat?
One of my pet explanations is that it's the two party system. In Holland we have something like 10 parties in parliament, and only when you hear the post-Fortuynists on the far right talking about "the left church" do you get the kind of vibe you get here. Otherwise there's a lot more relativation and also a lot more, I dunno, diversification - you got Greens kind of disagreeing with Socialists who semi-oppose Labour who really dislike the VVD but often can kind of live with Christian-Democrats who dislike the Democrats but have grudging respect for the Socialists or whatever ... in America, where everyone's either on one side or the other and it's a winner-takes-all contest, well ... it all automatically becomes very black/white.
Oh, that concentration of power must also play a role. In Holland, even if your party wins the elections, it's still gonna have to work out some kind of power-sharing agreement with at least one or often two other parties, and parliament is relatively strong; in America, the President and his hand-picked administration have a much bigger concentration of executive power. So there's just more at stake.
On the same count, I mean, its America - most powerful country in the world. There's just an effing lot at stake. As Dutchman or Canadian or New Zealander, you can still think, even if you've lost, you know, well - in the grander scheme of things ... how much difference is it gonna make? Not quite the same in America...
So yeah, I geuss lots of reason why the heat gets so much more painfully strung up there... but boy does it get tiresome sometimes, on that I agree. Still, I vent too. I despise the chain-yankers, but venting, sure... I do that.