North Korea Encourages People to Vote: Elections Celebrated in RhymePosted: March 9, 2014
Note: Who wouldn’t want to see the proud loyalists at MSNBC, America’s Official State Media, celebrate election day with programming like this? Imagine Chris Matthews reading “The Billows Of Emotion And Happiness”. Or Rachel Maddow rallying fellow Democrats with a rousing rendition of “We Go To The Polling Station”. It makes me tingle just thinking about it…
Official news agency KCNA reports that poets of the Central Committee of the Writers Union of Korea have created election-themed poems in the run-up to polling day on 9 March. Titles include The Billows Of Emotion And Happiness, We Break Into Cheers From The Bottom Of Our Heart and We Go To The Polling Station.
[There’s actually a book available in the U.S. of Central Committee of the Writers Union of Korea material, Immortal History: The Year 1932, available at Amazon, in paperback, for $59.52, though there’s not much information about it in the display page. At that price maybe it’s only for die-hard collectors of North Korean propaganda]
The poems are said to represent what the agency calls “the immutable will of all service personnel and people to remain loyal to the revolutionary leadership of Marshal Kim Jong-un“.
Deputies will be elected from 687 constituencies for the Supreme People’s Assembly, the rubber-stamp legislature that is dominated by the Korean Workers’ Party. Although other parties are represented in the election, all fall under the umbrella of the Fatherland Front, which is subservient to leader Kim Jong-un, who will be standing in the Paektusan constituency, the Rodong Sinmun newspaper says.
Pyongyang is keen to show public enthusiasm for the electoral process, with state television airing the patriotic Song Of Election between programmes, while TV news bulletins report a near-carnival atmosphere with polling places decorated with balloons and flowers.
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