Saturday, April 16, 2011

If You Don't Vote ...

... don't bitch!  At a social gathering the other night I was shocked to hear some intelligent people loudly proclaim that they weren't going to vote in the current federal election.  Some even intimated that they hadn't voted for a long time ("never" was the term employed) - and they were pretty sure their grown kids didn't vote either.  Now maybe the fact that Alberta has been a bastion of conservatism for so long that voting is largely a formality has something to do with their lethargy (the federal conservatives deem it an affront if they lose even one Alberta seat), but I was shocked at their attitude nonetheless.  People regularly die around the world trying to win the right to vote.  We who are lucky enough to live in a western democracy often forget that (as well as the fact that our own forefathers fought and died to protect our right to vote, among other things).  It's easy these days to become jaded by the actions, inactions and scandals of our elected representatives, but at least we get what the majority wants, minority rights are safeguarded - and we can "throw the bastards out" at the next election.  If the intelligent people in our society don't vote it follows that our politicians will be elected by the less-than-intelligent.  So please vote, people died to give you the privilege to do so!