Just for fun, here is some of the election swag I collected this year. (Q: Is the word “swag” used in any other context, or is it specifically about election paraphernalia?) I took out all the duplicates, so all of these are different flags. Alas, I did not get out of Greater Taipei this year, so there are no specimens from Taichung, Tainan, or Kaohsiung in my collection this year.
Lots of flags and some other stuff.
Here they are spread out a little more.
Mayoral candidates. Su’s flag comes in pink, green, blue, and orange. I thought that pink was the most appropriate color for this photo since Su wore a pink shirt to de-emphasize his DPP affiliation throughout his campaign. Yes, the one in the middle does double duty as a campaign flag. But only for one side.
This is the winner of the coveted Frozen Garlic’s Best Campaign Flag of the Election Cycle (handheld flag division). This is from Jin Ruilong (KMT, Xinbei 5, Zhonghe), whose third character means “dragon,” or more loosely, “dinosaur.”
Finally, Frozen Garlic must note a deplorable trend. Several city council candidates chose not to produce hand-held flags this year. This was especially common among DPP candidates, which is the main reason my collection skews toward the KMT this year. Frozen Garlic officially condemns this lack of public spirit among candidates for political office and hopes that future candidates will not continue down this road toward drabness. It is a scientific fact that people shout “Frozen Garlic!” with 73% more enthusiasm when they are holding a flag in their hands, and they are 229% more likely to vote for a candidate if they take that candidate’s flag home with them.