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None Of The Above

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Posted September 28, 2011 by jim young in Politics

– jim young

“If you keep choosing the lesser of the evils, pretty soon all you have left is the evil of the evils.” – Dick Gregory, comedian and Presidential Candidate

Just like almost every other election, I’m in a quandary with this year’s provincial election in Ontario.

If you’ve read some of my past articles, you’ll know my position on voting.

Simply put: I’m not a big fan.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t care.

And I don’t buy the “if you don’t vote you have no right to complain” bullshit that I often hear given as an excuse for why I should vote.

That’s really a cop-out for those people that believe everyone should vote but they really don`t have a good argument for why everyone should vote.

It doesn’t even make sense. Those who vote for the party that gets elected are among the few who really shouldn’t have a right to complain. They’re the ones that put the bastard in power!

In fact everyone shouldn’t vote. One of my college teachers Mike Wolfe once told our class, “A democracy is a great thing as long as everyone doesn’t participate.”

And it makes good sense. Kind of like “too many cooks…”

Quite frankly, if you’re just not comfortable with any of the candidates or parties that are running, why should you vote?

But not voting doesn’t justify losing your right to complain, unless maybe you didn’t vote just because you were too lazy to get out to the voting polls.

They should have a spot on the ballot that says “None Of The Above.”

This option would allow me the opportunity to send a clear message to the politicians that I believe that none of them are worthy of running my province or my country.

And if the “None Of The Aboves” won – don’t you think SOMEONE take sit up and take notice and maybe, just maybe – try to figure out an alternate plan?

As long as those of us who protest by not voting are lumped in with those that are just too ignorant or too lazy to vote, we will never have a voice.

And if I don’t have a voice in a country that claims to be a democracy, you’re damn right I’m going to complain.

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