I saw a great quote from a guy David Foster Wallace about how our governing has been.
He said “If you are bored or disgusted by politics (like Russell Brand described as reflexive impotence) and you don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched establishments of the major parties” (of which there is no difference whatsoever)
He said “Rest assured they are not dumb. They are aware it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical. By all means stay home on voting day if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting.” He’s talking about the effect mainstream media has on the masses.
In reality there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by going and doing it, or you vote by not going. If you don’t vote, the establishment wins. The establishment that is the root and cause of basically all suffering and harm. That’s right. I’m talking about the corporate rulers. The entire machine that maintains our destructive consumerist ways, and inhibits the progress of natural wild harmony.
There is only one organization I trust to begin undoing all of the damage done.
The GLOBAL GREENS
….and guess what?! EVERYONE’S GONNA VOTE FOR THEM. Kind of like that time in grade 9, at my high school, a rumour went around that at exactly 3:33, every student was gonna drop his/her pen on the floor. All morning and lunch, this went around by word of mouth. Sure enough, the time came and a thousand pens and pencils hit the floor.
The resulting sound of a thousand pencils being dropped, and the consequential bewildered look on the teachers faces was worth the cross-clique co-operation. THIS WILL BE JUST LIKE THAT! Only the results will improve life for everyone on the planet, just like Bucky said we could.
If we want major change, we all must vote green and nothing else. If we do that, and do our part to pass along the rumour, we can effectively take the money out of politics, and save the lands for our great granddaughters.
These are my views about “Strategic voting”:
The idea is to vote for whoever is higher in “the polls” come election time. The tactic here is that by voting for the lesser of evils, we can be rid of Steven Harper’s Government. It was the tactic 4 years ago, right? Well, it didn’t work. Cannot do same and expect different. That’s the definition of insanity. I refuse to act out of fear, and participate in any further insanity here. Enough time has gone by. Let’s have a look at the lynchpin of this conversation in the first place: polls.
Can we just think about what those are for a second? Some graphics on the tv screen? A facebook poll of a fraction of voting population? Colour saturation of plastic bag signs? Your conversations with others?
The variables for botched conduction *and botched interpretation of poll results* are too many for me to trust. And besides, “polls” have just as much influence as an actual vote does…the strategic voter admits. That tells me something about what game we’re all playing here, a rigged one. The playing board is rigged media. Media that has been proven to be almost always slanted fantastical musings of rich white men.
I hope you aren’t missing our Green point: it’s OK to vote according to your actual values this year! No need to compromise your trust by voting for a party of lesser evil. If you feel fed up with this mad paradigm and want lasting real change, the good news is you can actually vote for the *ONLY* one that is really saying “ENOUGH OF THIS CRAP.” The word is out, and the rumour is…… we’re all gonna do it. All at the same time and place…… by voting for the green party candidate in each of our ridings polling stations later this year.
Thank you for moving forward with the Green Party. Today when you publicly announced that you seek a nomination at the AGM next Monday, I feel relief and hope. Finally! Someone I can trust in politics! Voting, government, and democracy requires attention being paid by ALL citizens of whichever nation all of these words effect.
This is the key: it’s not about “splitting any votes”…it’s about gathering the REST OF THE VOTERS WHO AREN’T VOTING. Only one third of people give a shit enough to play the funny little game with live CPAC coverage. Two thirds of us know it’s a game, and it is rigged! Paul wants to call-out all the shenanegans.
A healthy “nation”, happy populations, and harmonious relationship to Earth’s nature IS POSSIBLE NOW!!!! It takes EVERYONE CARING, and everyone really DOES care, it’s just that maybe some can’t recognize it yet. Like, two thirds of us “canadians”.
Through his film making, Paul’s already helped people recognize how much they actually do care. You saw what happened during Occupy’s first wave of dissonance! And Idle No More! Paul was right there with us! With Paul’s influence in Parlaiment, he’ll help to reform a system that is so broken.
You guys, I feel like it’s all going to happen, and it will be just as Buckminster Fuller said: everyone on Earth can be happy and healthy. That part is my hope. This is how I feel. And this is where my feeling of obligation motivates me. The benefit to my son and his daughter and hers after that is what motivates me. I’m so glad to sit on the Electoral District Association next month for the new riding of Green Party of Canada – Nanaimo Ladysmith because certainly I can help with SOMETHING so I had better start doing it (you can, too).
Anyway. Thanks again, Paul.