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Your New President by Misha Lyuve

Nov 6, 2012

To those involved in the US elections

Let me suggest unspeakable.

Tonight we will know the results. Let’s take the rest of the week to unwind, lick the wounds, celebrate victories.

And then…. how about this:

Let us EMBRACE whoever is the next president regardless of your views. GIVE your new president a chance even if he is from the opposite party. STOP the negative conversation. Instead TELL your senators and congressmen to WORK WITH your president to find compromises that are workable for the country and move it forward.

We STAND UNITED during hurricanes and terrorists attacks. But do we need to wait for disasters to experience unity?

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Why NOT give money to politicians by Misha Lyuve

Sep 8, 2012

The 2008 US presidential and congressional elections cost the country $5.3B. 2012 projections are closer to $6B ($6,000,000,000 – in case you are not proficient in billions). This amount is an equivalent of a yearly GDP of a small country like Rwanda or Malawi. It is also expected that this hefty sum will be approximately equally split between Democrats and Republicans.

More than a half of that money is spent on advertising. I am not diminishing the importance of political candidates to make their platforms known. However, the nature of political advertising nowadays looks like this: first you use some partial-truth-fact or take an out-of-the-context quote of your opponent and make it into an ad. Then point a finger at your opponent and, in justifiable outrage, call him a liar for doing exactly the same thing against you.

Some people blame politicians, call them untrustworthy scumbags; while others are resigned to the fact that the reality of being a politician is such that the only way to win is to play the established game of dirty tricks. And while both points of view might have some truth to them, let’s not forget that in a democratic society, its political system is just a mirror reflection of values of the society itself. In other words, blaming politicians is like pointing a finger at yourself.

By the way, I am not talking as a person who doesn’t have political opinions or doesn’t care about the future of the country. And if you, just for a minute, pull away from particular ideas you passionately support or furiously detest, you will see that politics became just a game of two sides that are more interested in winning than truth. That is why politics turn into one of the most divisive forces. The easiest way to know it if you have a family member that shares views of the other party than the one you support. Can you have a meaningful conversations about politics with that person?

I don’t suggest to dull your passions. I am just saying that each of us has a choice where to channel our enthusiasm. There are many ways of contribute to ideas you believe in and change you want to see happen. In fact, it starts with you.

Here are a few donation alternatives:

World Wide Orphan foundation

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Just Food


Global Medical Relief Fund


Surfrider Foundation

Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Friends of Maiti Nepal

Cooley’s Anemia Foundation

Smile Train

Uncle hitler would be proud by Misha Lyuve

Apr 8, 2011
Politics is one of the subjects in which I struggle to find art, beauty or life for that matter – but I will keep trying.

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 Political activists have discovered the shortest path to expression of freedom of speech and utilizing their artistic inclinations by comparing their opponents to hitler. Indeed, why try hard? – just stick the hitler moustache onto a picture and you’ve got a political message that’s loud and clear.  

And be not surprised, there will be a raving audience of supporters welcoming you. And probably another raving group hating you on the other side. And if you’re lucky, you might even end up on TV. And if you are a little business savvy, you can make a quick buck on the whole thing.  

Anyway, just a bit of a warning if you’re planning a political career, try on a hitler moustache first – you’d better look good with it. Either way, good luck!

Also read:
- You Don’t Know Jack
- The Romantic Season of Revolutions