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Yet again, Americans choose to be the odd ones 🤔

Wait!!! I just had a weird realization. The right is represented by blue in Canada and the left is red?!!!

I was thinking to myself, I follow American politics (not as much as before) but I have no idea what's going on in Canadian politics! I think I should!!

I sat there watching some YouTube videos made by a guy I used to like watching before coming here and I was confused as hell with the colours he was using!!

I had to research it to make sure that I understood it correctly.. only then I discovered that actually everyone uses blue to represent the conservatives except the US 🥔🤔 and so we have a similar situation here like the metric thing? Can someone explain why this became the case? 🥔🤷🏾‍♀️
ArishMell · 70-79, M
Canada's convention is pretty much universal. Even the Communist countries used, and still use, red but in democratic countries with more than one Party, it's generally right-wing blue, left-wing red.

The UK also has its Liberal-Democrat Party, left-of-centre, originally formed by members of the former Liberal Party and disaffected Labour Party politicians. Its campaigning colour is orange.

UKIP was yellow and purple. The Green Party is, of course, green at least on its campaign leaflets. I don't know what the others, the SNP, Plaid Cymry, etc., use.


You mention the Metric System, or to be pedantic now the "Systèmè Internationale" based on metric measures and agreed by the International Standards Organisation, of which the USA is one of its very many full members. American scientists and many engineers now use the SI units, and any manufactured goods imported by America, such as cars, domestic appliances and industrial machinery, will have been made to metric dimensions unless to some special - and probably cost-adding - order.

Britain has a few exemptions but otherwise is all metric. The roads and railways still use the Statute Mile and Yards (and Chains, on the railways) for distances, MPH for speeds; and although vehicle fuels are sold in litres their fuel consumption is still quoted in miles-per-[UK] gallon, and power in Horsepower. Pubs are allowed to dispense draught ales and cider by the pint and half-pint, but spirits must be dispensed in millilitre units. All other foods and drinks are sold metrically even if the numbers are actually gramme equivalents of Avoirdupois masses.

German car manufacturers still quote car powers in something called the "PS", which is metric but obsolescent. The ISO unit of power is of course the Watt, and its threes-powers of ten, multiples and divisions. I don't understand why car makers use the litre rather than cubic metre to describe load space: it's a car not an aquarium!

The UK and US Gallon differ because the latter preserves an ancient vintner's measure long since obsolete everywhere else. I wonder if this reflects the early settlers using wine casks to store food and drinking-water on their ships for the long trans-Atlantic voyage.
Dolimyte · 41-45, M
There was a party switch in the 1960's when the civil rights act and voting act went into effect. That's also why you might hear someone say that the Republicans freed the slaves. That's true, but it's not the same Republican party that exists today.
@BittersweetPotato They would probably reestablish it, if possible, and find ways to justify doing so.
BittersweetPotato · 31-35, F
@bijouxbroussard I think Trump can find some convenient lies in a heart beat without even giving it much thought. Just off the top of his head!
Dolimyte · 41-45, M
@bijouxbroussard they'd justify it the same way people did back in the 1860's, with a bible.
The US had that color system until around 2000 when the networks started using the current one.
MethDozer · M
@LeopoldBloom not really. It was random before the 2000 election
@MethDozer You're correct. I was on my phone and didn't want to write that much. I meant it was codified to red = Republicans and blue = Democrats in 2000.
zonavar68 · 51-55, M
Right wing neo-con neo-nazi 'liberal' aka 'republican' is blue here too (Australia).

Left wing 'labor' is red.
Elessar · 26-30, M
What if the real communists were the communists we made along the way?
Here they used to call Communists "Reds", too. Not sure how things got turned around, but they did.
@BittersweetPotato Indeed, and it says a lot that people with differences were once able to coexist in the same party. While there are still a few conservative Democrats, the Republicans pretty much shame their members into lockstep.
MethDozer · M
@BittersweetPotato that's the other part of it. Prior to recent history we didn't really label one party conservative and the other liberal. They were more mixed and nuanced and people here didn't really think of them by philosophical left and right, conservative/liberal grounds as much so things associate with those concepts weren't really applied to each.
@MethDozer Yes. Individuals sometimes described themselves by ideology, but the parties themselves were judged largely on their platforms.
Don't look into the Netherlands then. We have no colors for sides and around 20 different parties on the national level, and even more on the local level.
@NerdyPotato Don't you use symbols or something instead???
@HootyTheNightOwl parties have abbreviations and logos, but there's nothing that identifies all left, all center or all right parties as groups.
Captainjackass · 31-35, M
I had no idea of this 🤯. It’s a very weird thing to hear that like so much else we’re the opposite of the rest of the world.
ffony · M
Labels & colors are so much less trouble than actual thinking.
And 'everywhere except the US' is normal.
MethDozer · M
I can explain. So for decades the news station uses red and blue on election maps but there was no standard. One station would use red for one party a particular election and another station or year someone would use red and blue for the other parties. So neither color was assigned a specific color. during the George W. Bush 2000 election one of the big news agencies used red for republicans and blue for the Dems and it being a hottly strong opinion election newscaster started talking about the voting districts being red or blue istead of by actual party and after that it just stuck.
BittersweetPotato · 31-35, F
@MethDozer Don't try. As usual, Americans just wanted to be odd and different than everyone else, makes more sense 🥔🙄😒
MethDozer · M
@BittersweetPotato Pretty much

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