Your Refusal to Vote in this Upcoming Election is Not the Right Answer

James Ryan

“The Destiny of Man is to unite, not to divide. If you keep on dividing, you end up as a collection of monkeys throwing nuts at each other out of separate trees.” ― T.H. White

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot of on-line comments from people (mostly strangers) who are quite obviously fed-up and disgusted by the lack-luster leadership in this year’s Ontario MPP election. And I get it. And they should be. But this isn’t the first time that Canadian citizens have been given an intentionally terrible list of “politicians” (aka lawyers, bankers, and liars) to choose from. It literally happens EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

The result of this is that more and more people are declaring their “right” NOT to vote as a means of passive protest. As if somehow, their silence will send a strong and powerful message to our government that we demand better, which may sound nice in theory to some, but here’s a news flash for everyone; our government doesn’t care about your silent protests. In fact, they much prefer them. Emphasis on the silent part.

“Oh, you don’t want to exercise your fleeting right to vote because you don’t feel that it’s going to make a difference one way or another? Great! Even better for us! Because you’re right, it doesn’t.” – Corporate Government

In literally every election over the past twenty years and beyond, it’s been the same old process of trying to elect who we believe will be the lesser of two (or sometimes four) evils based on the issues that the candidates tell us are the most important; more jobs and reduced debt. We rally around these concepts. We passionately debate them. We argue amongst ourselves and allow our opinions to divide us. Exactly what these parties are all trying to accomplish. At the end of the day, the three-headed hydra known as Liberal, PC and NDP all feed the same corporate body anyway, so you’re right, it doesn’t matter so long as any of those three parties continue to be our only options.

So why not cast a vote for something different then? If anything, just to shake to things up a little. What are we so afraid of? Why remain silent when we literally have the power to elect whoever we want, and not just who they (the media) tell us we’re allowed to vote for? That’s not freedom by the way. And trading our environment for money is just plain stupid. Sorry, but it is.

Trying to make a fact-based and intelligent decision these days on who to vote for is both complex and futile when all we’re ever given are the same lies and empty promises. The old ways of politics have worn thin. These money-wasting, media-based popularity contests need to either go away or change drastically. Politicians do not serve the best interests of the people. We all know it, even if some of us still refuse to admit it.

Here’s how it should work: The people elect, so the people should decide on the choices. Government (over-paid for by the people’s taxes) need to start operating like elected and fully-accountable employees, not self-imposed dictators. And we don’t need their permission to do it.

I know who I’m voting for.


James Ryan
James Ryan


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