Voting Conservative

Once upon a time I had a friend who came out with this startling statement:

“I vote Conservative because my father voted Conservative.”

Yikes! OMG!!

Here are the thoughts that ran through my head:

  1. OMG!
  2. What a moron!
  3. I can’t believe you just said that!!
  4. Not only are you a moron for voting Conservative, you’re a moron for doing it only because your father did, & most especially,
  5. You’re also a moron for admitting this to me!! You could have kept this appalling bit of shameful stupidity under your hat!!!

We have all done (& do) & said (& say) dumb stuff (none more than yours truly, a mistress of the occasional stupid & thoughtless remark/deed).

But OMG people!

Voting for a right-wing political party that doesn’t give a darn about “regular” people – because your father did?

Haven’t we all got more brains than that??

Sheesh...

Janet

p.s. btw, here in Canada we have two right-wing political parties that don’t really give much of a darn about “average” ordinary people. Our Liberal party is only slightly less right-wing than our Conservative party. They are just wolves in sheep’s clothing – in my opinion. Admittedly, this is just my opinion, it is not the Gospel. (Although I am for sure not alone in believing this!) ** Extraordinary timing!! Friend just sent me this link. Brilliant little YouTube with a parable, using mice, about the so-called "difference" between the 2 main Canadian political parties. At the site you will see various versions of this little gem!

p.p.s. I think my own children know better than to vote for a political party only because their mother or father does so. I sure hope so! We all need to form our own opinions, especially political opinions, because the world of politics is not some big block of stone that just sits there & never changes. There are new parties & new issues & for sure, new urgency about all matters political. Right??? (& presumably, this is true wherever one lives, hmmm?)

p.p.p.s. One of my favourite political quotations is this one: “The modern conservative…is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy. That is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.” – John Kenneth Galbraith

Here are 2 more from the same man, no political slouch…

“These are the days when men of all social disciplines and all political faiths seek the comfortable and the accepted; when the man of controversy is looked upon as a disturbing influence; when originality is taken to be a mark of instability; and when, in minor modification of the original parable, the bland lead the bland.” – Economist John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) in The Affluent Society.

“One of the things I argue in my book [A Journey Through Economic Time] is the extent to which people go to avoid rational decisions – the very large role of mental deficiency in economic history.Generally, people have been very resistant to attributing a causal role in history to stupidity.” ~ John Kenneth Galbraith, Economist

p.s. # 4: My other 2011 federal election-related posts can be found here, here & here