Junio 22, 2004
I'm selling my democratic rights.

I'm so fed up with the federal election and the fact that I'm not able to support the only totally right-on candidate, a reformed maoist with good suits and and an air of collected confidence. As a result, I'm selling my vote to the highest bidder. Interested parties can choose between the Trinity Spadina and St. Paul's ridings. I will vote for anybody or, if you prefer, decline my vote or spoil my ballot with whatever you want me to write. I will sign an agreement. I don't especially care if this is legal or not.

Posted by at Junio 22, 2004 09:52 PM

There is already a guy selling his vote on Ebay for this election. Elections Canada is looking into it.

I agree with the good suits. But in Downtown Toronto there is no excuse for not voting. Politics isn't utopian.

Posted by: Spancan on Junio 23, 2004 08:08 PM .

I see no such thing on ebay; either you're joking or Elections Canada are swift with their boots of justice.

I'm not actually selling my vote. I live in Chowtown and she's about the only NDP candidate I've met or seen that I think is a decent person. I'm a people person.

Posted by: TheDiscourse on Junio 23, 2004 11:24 PM .

I heard it on the CBC radio. It sounded like Elections Canada was going to be swift.

She is a decent person. But even if she wasn't, politics, in a diverse and disparate places like canada, will never have a perfect politician that turns your crank all the time (though the david miller's come close) because that politician would never ever get elected in a democracy cuz of pluralism and stuff. in order to appeal to enough voters to get elected, every politician has to compromise to some degree. even within their own party, as jack layton did in order to win the NDP leadership race last year. asshole neo-cons way far right probably say the same thing about Harper and his waffling with to the liberal red tory types.

Posted by: Spancan on Junio 24, 2004 01:44 AM .

You get the government you deserve.

If you're apathetic, it is hardly surprising the government ignores your sorry ass.

If you are willing to (even joke about) selling your vote, you get politicians who will suck corporate cock for filthy lucre...

you only have yourself to blame D.

Posted by: Mekon on Junio 24, 2004 07:49 AM .

Apathetic? I'd say it's enterprising, dude. Making the most of an entirely discouraging situation. Also, apparently being really earnest and dilligent about the democratic process also results in elected officials with hateful snouts at corporate troughs.

As Dean Allen has said:

"Accept that progressive intent and earnest ambitions to change are roughly as effective as indifferent complacency. Throw all effort behind mockery and denunciation."

Advice to live by.

Posted by: TheDiscourse! on Junio 24, 2004 09:52 AM .

So you like Chow, you're in her riding, yet you don't want to vote for her? I may not be understanding you properly.

Posted by: D on Junio 24, 2004 12:13 PM .

Hey dog - I'll take my progressive intent and earnest ambition (along with my blind optimism) over your acrid cynicism any day of the week AND I will sleep at night.

Posted by: Mekon on Junio 24, 2004 06:21 PM .

I am going to vote for Chow. I guess I didn't make that clear. I was seriously thinking about trying to sell my vote but then realized that it didn't really work with my Champagne Socialist lifestyle.

Posted by: TheDiscourse! on Junio 24, 2004 08:15 PM .
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