Monday, May 02, 2011

Canada votes (wrong)

I don't even know how to verbalize my frustration about elections.

If you think smart voting is dumb, then may I suggest that you're dumb you don't really understand our flawed voting system. If you think the only truly important thing about democracy is simply voting, and it doesn't matter who you vote for, well you're plain wrong. IMO, splitting the vote is worse than not voting.

We all know the cliche: desperate times call for desperate measures. If you think these aren't desperate times for Canada, think again. Sometimes, you have to contemplate what is really important. Do you like having a Prime Minister who, in a sensible world, ought to be tried for crimes against Canada? Can you explain why the first government in the entire history of Canada to be found in contempt of parliament merits any support (because I sure can't figure that one out)? Aren't you sick of being humiliated by how your Prime Minister acts in the international community?

I remember when Canada used to be the best place in the world to live. We tend to feel safe and secure, even when elections turn out contrary to our own wishes, because in the end (so we think) "democracy worked." We all voted (if only!), the people have spoken, and the result is Canada's will. Or even if we're more indignant at how the flaws cause bad results, we have to seethe to ourselves or fruitlessly complain to one another. We don't even consider putting our collective foot down and simply demanding that people like Stephen Harper be held accountable for the things they do. Why? Because we figure we have no choice but to let democracy run its course. Maybe we don't. Maybe our world has turned into one where we simply have to play by the rules that those in charge provide for us. Maybe the people don't have any real power.

Sometimes, what's most important is preventing something horrible. Coming across party lines for the greater good. Not just casting your ballot, but using it to actually achieve change. Put the right people in charge, and maybe they'll fix the rules we all play by.

Just ranting. Just seething. Unfortunately I don't have any answers, only a deep sadness at how the country I love has been abused.