Friday, 20 April 2012

I Vote for: "None of the Above?"

Election time again in our province, and like past elections, it is time to put up with a few weeks of littering the landscape with all those ugly signs designed to try and convince us to get out there and vote for ... someone. It is time to once again be subjected to a bunch more political rhetoric and BS.

Sorry, but I just cannot get excited about it. Oh, I know all the right reasons to vote, but, well ... blah.

I remember when I first saw the picture of this campaign bus. The jokes flew fast and furiously across social media sites. I confess that I laughed too as I thought about how this moving billboard was designed. Is that what politics has become in modern western society? Has it all become just another joke to be laughed at?

Does it even matter who wins? They're all quick to point out the flaws in each other's governments and leadership styles, but at the end of the day, they themselves are just as corrupt, and they themselves are certainly no better than their opposition. It doesn't matter what so-called statistics they throw at us, the gullible public, for it seems like political statistics are often little more than just propaganda and socially acceptable lies. I am amused by the fact that there are even books out there, such as this one, on How To Lie With Statistics! (No, I haven't yet read this). The point is, whole thing is subjective at best.

But I've digressed. All this fuss and expense to put some clowns into public office who, once elected, are just going to do their own thing anyway? Do they "really" care about what you and I think? If we believe that, well, maybe we're just a little ... (oh, never mind).

I'm sorry if you think the word "clowns" sounds a little harsh, but if you do, I'd suggest you simply spend a little time watching the shenanigans in our Legislature, Parliament, or wherever else our elected representatives gather. Sometimes it looks more like a kindergarten classroom! Maybe they all need to go back to kindergarten to learn how to play nicely with each other before running for public office. Hmm.

Like past elections, I've often joked about drawing a new box on the bottom of the ballot, putting my "x" in it, and writing "None of the Above" beside it. I have also often thought of joining the masses who now cast their vote by their boycott of the whole electoral process. However, though tempted not to bother voting, I will probably do the patriotic (???) thing, pinch my nose and mark my "x" on the ballot like a good citizen.

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