The deciding factor in my vote today was not policies, personalities or preferences. I am guardedly optimistic about the prospect of a Conservative government in Canada, although the sentiment derives at least as much as anything by comparison with the alternatives. May they, should they form the government, restore to Canadians some of the means by which people can govern their own future. Nevertheless, I cast a ballot for "none of the above" simply because I will not be an accomplice to the expropriation of other citizens' funds to subsidize the expression of political viewpoints thay they may not hold — by means of a $1.75 per vote "allowance" to political parties. As repugnant as the suppression of free speech is compelled speech by which people are forced to support ideas with which they disagree. It may seem a small matter, but I cannot claim, nor ever will, the conviction that my partisan preferences are worthy of obliging anyone or everyone else to bankroll them. By such devices do the unprincipled govern the principled. By such devices the principled are disarmed.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Posted by MapMaster on Monday, January 23, 2006