[Sca-cooks] OT: GoTV

Susan Fox selene at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 6 07:40:24 PST 2008

Margaret Rendell wrote:
> As it is, it certainly confused the Aussies who were watching in with 
> interest - in our elections blue is the conservative/right-wing party* 
> and red the more leftish party, so the colours are reversed...
> Margaret/Emma 
This is covered in the aforementioned Wikipedia article:

"This unofficial system used in the United States of America stands in 
contrast to the system of political colors 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_colour> in most other 
long-established democracies, where blue 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue#Political_movements> represents right 
wing and conservative parties, while red 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red#Politics> represents left-wing, 
socialist parties. This may be explained by the deep differences in 
public policy that the Democratic Party has with socialism; 
specifically, the Democratic Party is associated with liberalism in 
general, and Modern American liberalism 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_American_liberalism>, not 
socialism, though it is a left-of-center party by American standards."

Well, we drive on the wrong side of the street too.  ;-)


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