A thought for the losing side

Four years ago on election day, I posted the following message. It is fun and easy to be on the winning side, so if your candidate wins tonight, enjoy the win and be happy. This message is for the people who won’t be as happy tonight. Democracy depends on people being willing to lose, and tonight it is your turn to shoulder the burden of making democracy work. I thank you in advance for courageously accepting this responsibility.

A message to the losing side.

 

 

11 Responses to “A thought for the losing side”

  1. Tien Shang Chang Says:

    Win or lose, we should all work toward reforms that will improve democracy. Our Gallup survey shows 42% voters in Taiwan want to have the option to vote NO. Among the 20-29 age group in Hsin Chu City district, 59% want the laws changed to allow Negative Vote. https://www.facebook.com/NegativeVoteInternational/?fref=ts

    • Anonymous Says:

      This is an interesting idea… but its main weakness is that you can only vote “no” on one candidate. An even better option would be Approval Voting, i.e. allowing a yes/no vote on EACH candidate.

  2. Pierre Says:

    “Sure, the other side used all kinds of dirty tricks. (…) They shamelessly used every method to mobilize every last possible vote. They brazenly threatened the voters that if they lost, Taiwan’s future would be jeopardized.”

    Hm… This actually still sounds like the KMT, even if they lost.

    But if you remove this paragraph, then yes it’s pretty much what you could say to the party who lost this year’s elections!

  3. Thomas Says:

    Don’t you think it’s time to change your banner that’s at the top of the blog? I think green should be on top and blue on the bottom.

    • frozengarlic Says:

      You don’t think I’ve been planning that since the day I launched the blog?

    • frozengarlic Says:

      I can’t seem to figure out how to change that. WordPress keeps making “improvements” to its site management options, and I think they removed the place to change the two-colored header. Maybe we’ll just have to put up with several more years of blue on top.

      • Anonymous Says:

        I looked into your settings for the header element, and it seems that all you need to do is to make one manual CSS tweak:

        * In the setting for the #header element, setting, modify the URL for generating the background image by swapping the hex codes that comes after “upper” (change to 00CC00) and after “lower” (change to 0000CC).

      • frozengarlic Says:

        Thanks, but this is still confusing to me. When I set this up six years ago, I used pointing and clicking, not any CSS code. I’m fairly hopeless when it comes to these things. When I click on the CSS tab, I see a blank page, not any current settings. How do I see the current settings so that I can make the change you suggested?

      • Anonymous Says:

        Re: frozengarlic

        I checked your site with “View Page Source” in Firefox, and the following was found on Line 79:

        #header { background: url(‘https://s0.wp.com/wp-content/themes/pub/kubrick/images/header-img.php?upper=0000CC&lower=00CC00’) no-repeat bottom center; }

        So my guess is that an older version of WordPress probably applied the setting by inserting hard-coded inline CSS into one of the template PHP files as opposed to the theme’s default style sheet (which explains why you can’t see it on the CSS tab).

        Unfortunately, that means you might have to manually look for the file that has the specific line in question; it might be easier to copy-and-paste the desired setting (with the two hex codes swapped) into the CSS tab and then use the !important tag to make it a “manual override.”

  4. frozengarlic Says:

    Eureka! Thanks for your detailed help!

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