Monday, January 23, 2006

Another day at the ballot box

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.

17 comments:

bonnie abzug said...

"As repugnant as the suppression of free speech is compelled speech by which people are forced to support ideas with which they disagree."

Either this is a joke or you're having a really, really bad day.

bonnie abzug said...

There is, of course, one more possibility. I'm much too polite to make mention of it though.

MapMaster said...

I'm genuinely curious — what is the other possibility? No joke, by the way, I simply can't countenance obliging other Canadians to support my own partisan preferences. It may sound like I'm making a big deal of the whole thing, but certainly no bigger than the difference my one vote might have made (none, as it turns out with Joe Fontana winning the riding I live in).

Pietr said...

Map, be careful.If you report that Joe Fontana won in your riding, aren't you breaking the rules?
Anyway, where was he originally from?
Las Vegas?
Sounds like someone the GUVNOR should deal with; run him out of town perhaps.

bonnie abzug said...

Mapmaster, please don't make me say it. Neither of us is going to feel any better for having it said out loud.

Anonymo the Slave said...

Well, I'm with Map on this one. I voted to keep my money, and my integrity.

MapMaster said...

Bonnie, I am greatly intrigued by your comments. Of course, I don't want to make you say anything, but if you would like to say it without being public, you can email me at thelondonfog@hotmail.com

I can't imagine anything political or philosophical that would offend or injure me.

I do appreciate Anonymo the Slave's concurring with me. Even better, when I have installed Sorehead as the Governor-General, I shall be pleased to see him run out all of the corrupt politicians. Maybe I'll give him my $1.75!

Pietr said...

When I am GG I will take any moneys due to the politicians I ruin.
Of course I won't do this often, unless they vote to reduce my GG allowance.

Talking of GG allowances, I will give all citizens the option of placing their $1.75 'contribution' on the horses in America,(strictly organised crime bets naturally), so that eventually I become a front man for the American Mob.

Which I will then welcome to Canada by legalising all drugs, all gambling and all the various prostitutions to which humanity is given.

London Ontario will be renamed 'Bartertown' and ruled by a black beauty not unlike a 1985 Tina Turner.
Power will be provided by pig-shit, and tended to by previous ruling politicians.
(They'll get life, but hey, it's not so bad.Life in the piggery is only 5 years!)
I'll employ Master-Blaster to keep the queen of Bartertown in line.

Then I'll be taken on as the Social Commentary Editor of the Toronto Star.
Very suitable.

bonnie abzug said...

Anonymo the slave can jump on your bandwagon, of course, Mapmaster. That it provides a rather convenient excuse for her inability to tear herself away from her video game and haul her fat ass up and out of the lazyboy should probably go without saying. But didn't.

MapMaster said...

On the off chance that the last salvo was a redirection of "the possibility that must not be mentioned", speaking for myself I did make the trip to the polling station and managed to find room on my ballot to write, "none of the above." Technically illegal, apparently, but I'm certainly not doing anyone any harm by doing so. I don't presume to know how Anonymo the Slave expressed his or her opinion.

bonnie abzug said...

No, I can assure you that the "possibility that must not be mentioned" is not slothfulness. Of course, good manners prevent me from telling you what it is but I can see no harm in saying what it isn't.

Lisa said...

Bonnie;

Are you flirting with Mapmaster?

Ian Scott said...

I'll flirt with Mapmaster ;)

*flirt flirt*

bonnie abzug said...

Lisa, if you knew the nature of the "possibility that must not be mentioned", then you would know that I could not possibly be flirting with Mapmaster. But you don't. And my upbringing prevents me from mentioning it in such polite society as this.

Lisa said...

Bonnie:

If you don't feel your comment is appropriate for "polite society", then you are welcome to email Mapmaster directly.

Mind you, the members of this "polite" forum are very curious.

Ian Scott said...

Truth matters more than "politeness."

Pietr said...

Actually, I know something about Bonnie too.
But my mother wouldn't approve if I was to mention it.
Just not done in polite society.
Still, watching the satellite feed on my TV, I guess it is time she vacuumed the rug and put the trash out.
She'll never guess where we hid the cameras.