Monday, May 2, 2011

The Right To Vote

Barbara: We have an election in Canada today and it seems like a good time to vent my frustration about all things political.

What happened to the gentlemen and women of politics?! I mean, where is the decency, the honour, the honesty, the compassion? When will our politicians be transparent? When will they do what they say they’re going to do after they get elected?

I know there are probably legit answers to all of these questions: politicians were never gentle; decency, honour, honesty and compassion don’t win votes; transparency is “dangerous”; and battling parties prevent the one in government from doing what it said it would do. Blah blah blah. And bullshit!

And here’s another big question: why are so many political platforms run on money issues and not on issues that shape the quality of our lives? Who among us hasn’t realized that on our death beds we will NOT be counting our filthy, crumpled dollar bills with maniacally gleeful grins on our faces, but will be looking around at our loved ones (hopefully) and being glad for a life well-lived, one filled with love and compassion, both outwardly given and self-directed???

So why do so many of us roar and cry over money money money when it comes to our governments? “We shouldn’t share it; we shouldn’t give it away; we shouldn’t take care of each other because if we’re not careful, we will go broke and will therefore be unhappy, so let’s hoard all our bucks in the coffers of our biggest businesses and government basements.” Why is it that money is always the one to talk? I wish it would shut its big fat mouth and let us quietly contemplate for a moment what we want to say on our deathbeds about our countries.

When will our politicians work together instead of fighting each other like schoolyard brats and work instead like gentlemen and women toward a common good? When will our politicians—all of them, not just a few unelectable ones—realize that this would be our greatest legacy?

Listen. I get that our economies are always of some concern. But can’t we have our cake and eat it too? Can’t we look to how we need to support each other, whether through healthcare, employment, environmental safety and support systems, and raise these issues up first—just like we would do if we were addressing issues in the smaller circle of our families?

Okay, and so why, as voters, do we not fight harder for the honour of our politics? Why do so few of us go to the polls and vote? In Canada and the U.S. the average is around 60%. Really?! 40% of us don’t care enough about the outcome of our elections to get off our butts and spend a few minutes in line to help shape our countries?

Let’s demand better from ourselves and our representatives. And vote. Our voices together do make a difference.

Deb: I could not have even begun to express this better than you have. Your words are reflecting the conversations going on in our home and in the homes of friends.

I never thought I would get to the point where politics would repel me, where the players would all bore/sicken and stun me.

But I will say this.

Despite my boredom regards the players in this election, I am proud to say that I can walk into a voting station today and cast my vote. This civic duty will continue to be dear to me, its significance will not be lost on me, its importance will not be overlooked.

SO VOTE YA BASTARDS. I don’t give a damn who you vote for, just vote. 

PS: On a lighter note, we published a new deco tip and recipe on our other pages.


  1. I vote and so should others. It is one of the only ways to change the awful ways of politicians.

  2. Thanks, Madge, for your "vote" ;) And I agree. If we demand the best from them, they'll have no choice but to offer it up.

  3. I am suprised at my self because I actually do vote. I feel like it's a freedom and a right that we are hounored to have so I might as well vote. I really don't keep up with all the political things and I don't vote in every election but the bigger elections I do.

  4. I love being able to vote and I do so in each election. I just wish the candidates were better. Instead of choosing the best man for the job, it seems I've got to choose the lesser of two evils. I would love to see some candidates with true morals and a real concern for the people. I think that before someone can ever run for office, they need to prove they are good with money by going to the local grocery store and buying $200 worth of food with nothing but $50 and a bunch of coupons. Only when they accomplish this can they run for office.

  5. All we can do is vote and I will be casting my ballot. I think voting is not just a right but a responsibility. How can our politicians accuratly represent us if 40% of the population doesn't even try to make their voices heard?

  6. As a New Zealand woman I sort of feel I owe it to my ancestors to cast my vote (NZ was the first to give women the vote), so I do. Although often I have no idea who I should vote for because they all seem as bad as each other. :( It's often a case of choosing the lesser of two evils, which I despair about because either way you can't win. I'll never understand why it has to be that way...

    On a bright note, you'll notice I've finally set up a blog! feel free to check it out :)

  7. Lyndsie, it's great that you always remember. And Molly, I friggin' love that idea! Get them to live the life (like paying for gas and such...) Erin and Elle, if we keep voicing our frustration while exercising our right to vote, we can elicit slow but inevitable change. Elle, coming over to check you out!! Congrats!

  8. The politics are messed up in nearly every country, I'm sure of it. You have a bunch of idiots who promise you everything under the sun if you'll vote for them, but once they're elected the only things they manage to do are acts of massive stupidity. I always vote, but like others on here it seems more and more like I'm choosing the lesser of two evils. That's just not how politics should work! My idea for fixing it? Have elections every six months or so, so we're not stuck with the idiots for several years at a time. I bet they'd take their jobs (and us) more seriously if we had the power to vote them out in less than a year.

    This now ends my political rant. Now I'm off to look at some neat cooking and deco tips. :)

  9. lol, April! It feels good to rant every once in a while though, doesn't it? (especially when we feel so bad about the state of our governments...)

  10. That's saying pretty much exactly what's in my head, thank you! Just voted here in the UK today (local elections and a national voting system reform) and the turnout is expected to hit 40% MAX. Which is pretty depressing considering people fought and died to get that right to vote. And even when you can vote it really is the one who is least awful, which I guess is what leaves people so uninspired and unwilling to vote! You can't win!

    *takes a deep breath*

    And I'm done. Sorry this had to be my first comment on your blog (which I LOVE by the way) I promise to be less rant-y in future :)

  11. Katherine -- please rant away!! Anytime. We love rants. We live by them. Especially noble and heartfelt ones :)

    Thanks for the love -- and keep commenting!

  12. Thank god there are still elections. And maybe time in which to make them meaningful.


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