I’ve had multiple dewy eyed drones come to the door this Provincial election cycle to try and peddle their wares. They read straight off of their clipboards like they’re going for ‘lead monotone’ in the class play, then they hand me pamphlets like these:
The front tells me nothing about how this person would perform their job. Literally nothing. It’s a flowery bio about this particular candidate, as if they’d rule with autonomy. The back has a couple of feel-good one liners, but nothing much of substance either. The top 3 points are basically school yard insults. The 4th is the only one in the top section that was written by an adult.
The middle section has the word ‘ask’ in there about upping taxes. That’s just weird. As for affordable data plans, the province actually owns a carrier so it can get into unfair business practices as it sees fit.
The bottom section is entirely comprised of “We’re gonna give you stuff”. Notice how that’s at the end? That’s because they know that the last thing you’ve read carries a larger weight when it comes to your lasting impression, so they want you to associate them with Santa.
Here’s the other side of the coin (penny?):
Okay, now these idiots *smacks forehead and runs hand down face* did the exact same thing as the NDP. They actually sent out a whole ‘nother pamphlet with the bio of the candidate and how great she is too. It’s a large pamphlet and one whole side is pretty much just photos of her (and one of her boss, of course). That’s a lot of wasted real estate. I’m not going to give them the space, but I will tell you that it’s a 4 page pamphlet that has a little extra page fold-over that has yet another infographic. This one is so disingenuous it’s incredible. They act like they themselves, all other things being equal, single handedly increase budgets and lowered taxes etc. Nothing happens in a vacuum, and being the party of the ‘common man’ is no different. They’re inferring that they want to help out Joe Sixpack more than the bleeding heart lefties. They were able to, and those aren’t necessarily the same thing. Many things contribute to a political party’s successes (commodity prices in particular).
I saw 2 minutes of a leadership debate last night on tv. The candidates were literally just pointing at each other from 4 feet away and reciting their prepared speeches to each other, over each other. It was so embarrassing; from the moderator (or lack thereof, apparently) to the candidates themselves. When I want to figure out who’s smarter on tv, I turn off the sound. Usually you can tell who is the more intelligent person just by how they carry themselves. This one was a draw(ing made with crayons).
I was asked by both sides if I would vote for their candidate. I should note that just prior to that question I had told them that I prefer to learn the whole party platform because I want to actually know who/why/what I’m voting for. They didn’t listen. Notice how neither of these parties asks you to go and learn more at their website even on their literature? Neither of them tell you that it’s important for you to learn about their whole platform because it is rational and sound. They do technically list their website address, but only as a footer. They act like governing is a matter of infographics and insults. I guess that’s because it is, and that’s sad. I couldn’t possibly have less respect for either of these parties and there’s not a snowballs chance in Hell I’m voting for them in this election. Nobody else has visited me so this is all I have to go on, but this isn’t my first rodeo so I’m fairly certain the other colours I could vote for will be no better. I’ll check them out online though.
People say if you don’t vote that you can’t bitch. That’s like demanding you choose between a punch in the kidneys and a knee to the face…then beating you to a pulp for not choosing which one you ‘wanted’. My vote will be counted…as a spoiled ballot (since they don’t have the stones to put a ‘none of the above’ checkbox on the ballot. Pussies).
Election signs here often don’t say anything but a candidates name. No website address; nothing but a name and party. Other ones just order you to vote for someone yet offer absolutely no reason why. “Vote for me” “Why?” “Because I just told you to” “Oh, well when you put it that way…”
Are you serious? I’m a grown man, and this is your attempt to get my vote? “Well Jane at 245 Maple St is voting for me, or at least the sign on the lawn indicates that at least one member of said household is voting for me, so yeah, obviously that’s a rock solid vetting”
I sincerely don’t get how grown men and women can see these displays of pandering idiocy and actually go “Yeah, that represents me!” and vote for any of them unless they wear a bib to McDonalds, and not for fun but out of necessity. Everybody involved in all aspects of the things I’ve been exposed to in this election should be completely embarrassed. My parents have news channels on 24/7 (mostly for the entertainment value) and I don’t like being there because of it. This garbage is perpetual because it actually works. People doing this nonsense keep getting elected based on one-liners and pithy explanations. I can’t remember the last time I saw pragmatic, reasoned logic being put forth by any political party. You have access to the internet and so do we. Please use it for substance, and then direct us to the SUBSTANCE. Please. Okay, now I’m just getting depressed and angry. I think I’m going to go play with my kitten because what my kitten has to say if far, far more important to me than whatever these bobbleheads manage to stumble out.