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Elections #2

April 7, 2011

One of the things that i have realized over the course of time is that politicians are not nice. Before you get your undies all up in a bunch, let me explain. It seems to me that they are not as interested in running a platform in order to win, but would rather just bash, try to demoralize, and dig up dirt on their opponents so that they can win whatever election they are running in.

Over the last few years we have had a number of elections, and they all end up being about how awful, bad, wrong, or just plain evil the “other” team/guy/gal is. In the midst of constantly attacking the character of another individual they come out with a sentence like, “and we’ll lower taxes for (insert group here).”

This bothers me a lot. I am the type of person who votes for the party’s platform, and not the person running. I suppose it would be a lot like American elections. When they vote for a president, they vote for a president. The individual goes to the ballot box and checks off “this person” for president. Here in Canada (and i think this sucks), we vote for a local representative, and if enough people across Canada in that particular party win their riding, that party wins the overall election, even if it is a minority government.

We have three major parties here in Canada, The Conservatives, The Liberals, and The NDP. Some would like to argue that The Green Party is a major party, but really, who are they kidding. Yeah they won a seat or two last election, but so did a couple of independant runners, so i don’t consider them a major party.

Anyway, back to the point of this post. The big thing that i find wrong with elections in our day and age, and this stems from the individualistic culture that our society continues to perpetuate and champion, is that people vote based on the petty promises that the parties promise. The cheap, little promises that they dangle in front of people’s eyes like carrots in front of a horse. Tax cuts or freezes, more money for university students, blah blah blah. It’s all the same stuff.

And people eat this crap up.

The problem is that the parties don’t talk at any great length about doing something to change the world slave trade problem, homosexual rights, abortion, homelessness, or any number of social justice issues. Okay, they’ve been talking about taking better care of the planet over the last while, and that’s awesome, but the parties have all shied away from trying to abolish any one of the issues mentioned above, among others.

But more importantly, what does that say about us, as voters. Do we vote for someone simply because the party promises more stuff for us, while ignoring the plight of the less fortunate in our own country? Do we turn a blind eye to the injustices going on, not only here at home, but abroad as well, because we can squeeze a little bit more out of a party for our own benefit. Are we so self-centered that we’d rather vote for a party because they give us something, than voting for a party because the moral standards that they live by are “higher” or more Christian, than the other parties?

Of course benefits to me would be great, but i’m more concerned with ending the sex-trafficking industry, abortion, homelessness, and the slave-trade, than squeezing every drop i can out of a party.

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