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Final Elections Post: Oh Won't You Have a Cup of (Green) Tea?


Probably the most interesting party that has caught my attention is number 23, the "Folklore and Society" party. Certainly not one I expect to hear great things of in the election results, but perhaps a nice sentiment.

I'm not sure what advice folklore would offer the government. However, this photograph from a 1953 performance by a folklore troupe in Třebíč may provide some insight. The slogan, hung above a the double-tailed lion of Bohemia astride a stylized winged wheel symbolizing the railroad, declaims, "Folk song and dance [mark] the cultural maturity of nations."


This poster expressed something about the Christian Democrats.


Here is the blue blaze symbol of the Civil Democrats—leading off a cliff? I shot a revealing video of the blue ODS arrow, going backward (not on their request I’m sure!)—and will post it at YouTube someday perhaps.


By the way, the arrow in the above picture is an actual trailmarker on the trail leading to the church above Mikulov in South Moravia. And it really does point toward the edge of the mountain. Perhaps that's why the signs down below forbid visitors from "hang gliding"!


My favorite advertisement, however, was for the Green Party. Among the parties that actually have some chances in the elections, the Greens are probably my favorite. Unlike in the U.S., they actually have some significant support here—well, they have parliamentary representation even though nothing like a majority. They were giving out free bags of "Green" Tea; this appealed to my taste for tea and bad puns. Not to mention that I like the idea of the Green Party.

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**UPDATE** The ODS video (rather nonplussing to be honest) has been posted at YouTube. Enjoy!

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