In 2016, a very annoyed Donald Trump supporter used electricity to protect his campaign sign from thieves. The owner said his signs have been stolen and vandalized in the past, so he decided to booby trap his newest one. Surveillance video captured the hoodie-wearing neighbor trying to take the sign.
Joe Walsh, guitarist in the Eagles and other bands, ran for president in 1980 on the platform of “free gas for everyone” and promised to make “Life’s Been Good” the new national anthem if he won.
In 1984, the New Zealand Prime Minister got drunk and decided to spontaneously call a general election, which he lost.
Back in the Reagan era (1987), Joel Slater became so angry at U.S. policies, that he decided to renounce his American citizenship. But, he didn’t acquire citizenship of another country first, so he made himself stateless.
When he renounced his citizenship he was in Australia, and he wrongly assumed that he would be able to stay there. But, Australia promptly deported him to the U.S. Then, he managed to make it into Canada and Mexico without a passport, but eventually he was shipped back to the States. Also, he couldn’t legally work without a social security number. So he became homeless, surviving on “odd jobs and the generosity of strangers.”
Finally, in 1993, after much begging and pleading, he was able to regain his U.S. citizenship.
In North Korea, since every political candidate is chosen by the ruling party, there is only one name on a ballot. A voter may cross off the candidate’s name to vote against him, but must do so with a red pen next to the ballot box in sight of electoral officials.
Back in 1970, Douglas P. Stewart, a professor of classics at Brandeis University, made headlines for advocating that the elderly should lose the right to vote.
His thesis is this:
“The old, having no future, are dangerously free from the consequences of their own political acts, and it makes no sense to allow the vote to someone who is actuarially unlikely to survive and pay the bills for (what) he may help elect.”
In other words, Stewart thinks old people vote with an attitude of “grand je serais mort, je me ficherais de tou — (when I’m dead, it (society) can go to hell).”
Citizens of Athens, Tennessee in 1946 lead an armed rebellion against the local government who was accused of using law enforcement to intimidate voters and rig elections.
The term “Politically Correct” was originally used within the Communist Party in Stalinist Russia to describe which opinions on government were appropriate to hold and which were not.