I think people have largely stopped voting on ideology. We've decided to trust the media to direct us to who to vote for:
The bad pro-war, pro-American, pro-privatization guy.
The bad corrupt pro-gay guy.
The bad taxation guy.
The bad separatist guy.
The bad tree-hugger guy.
(note, I am not saying that these statements are true or false, or that their views are right or wrong, I'm just saying that this is how I perceive the media to be portraying the 5 parties)
What would happen if people actually sat down and thought about what they believed, rather than being told (and I say this tongue in cheek, you'll see why when you click the link that's coming)? And then put their beliefs into action in the form of voting based on ideology rather than party lines and media spin? I think the country would look a lot like this.
Incidentally, I am not voting this election. Not to make a statement against our quasi-democracy. No, I'm not voting because I didn't register to vote early enough. I am disappointed that I'm not voting. I think that Tanner Waldo really needed my vote.
I wasn't planning on mentioning the Green Party here, but I really encourage you to read the bios of some of the candidates, it takes 20 seconds to read one. I think it's quite encouraging to think that Parliament could be full of regular, consciencious people like these.
Hey, leave a comment and share your platform. Should make for some interesting debate.