Here’s how to win an election

The promises that accompany every election campaign are piling up. The provincial Liberals are promising universal child care and increasing debt/deficit. They’re trying desperately to cover up the great smoldering pile of doo-doo they’ve created over the last few years.  NDP’ers say they’ll take back Ontario Hydro, as if it’s not enough of a joke already in business management case study circles. They’re also promising free drugs and better healthcare (that mean free facelifts?) for everyone. The Conservatives are going to give us the subway and public transit system of our dreams, but with absolutely no fiscal accountability. Just like Trump promised a wall between the United States and Mexico and to reopen the mines in West Virginia, or the Labour Party in U.K. promised Brexit, the political rhetoric and hollow promises are flying.

One thing is guaranteed about election promises. They’re all lies. Bait to lure in gullible voters. Why do politicians keep doing it to us? Worse still, why do we keep falling for it? We’re not stupid. Right-wing Americans fell for it big-time, to their everlasting peril. Britons are now questioning their choices. Canadians are left to cope with the unfortunate shortcomings of Trudeau’s hollow election promises and growing debt/deficits and Ontarians are wondering how in hell we’re going to make a decision among three disastrous parties running for election, four if we factor in the impotent Green Party. It baffles me how political parties can be so phenomenally inept at representing the best interests of the people.

The only blessing in this cesspool is that our election campaigns have a time limit of a few weeks, unlike in the United States where the agony never ends. We should be thankful we live in a democracy where we have free elections but the politicians treat voters like idiots and corporate lobbying makes a joke of the laws they enact. Let’s be clear on one thing: politicians are in it for their own personal interests not in service to the people. After a mere six years sitting part-time on those comfy seats in parliament, members of parliament get full, pork-barrelled pensions for life. Who in real life gets benefits like that? Don’t raise your kids to be doctors; being an MP or MPP is the best gig going. And don’t even get me started on The Senate.

Economic disaster, social disaster or track-record of disaster? Take ‘yer pick.

We’re now getting down to the nitty-gritty in the Ontario election campaign. The personal insults and hollow promises are flying like confetti at a wedding. Whoever makes the most outrageous promises in sucking up to voters will probably win. And don’t forget—all that cash they keep promising to buy our favour with is our hard-earned money that we pay through taxes. Government money is not fairy dust; it’s mine and yours.

Keeping those promises will inevitably be pushed aside by the winning party as “things were worse than we were led to believe” or “the situation has changed so we’ve had to adjust our position”. The rhetoric is so predictable. As a concerned citizen I’m frustrated and angry. I’ll definitely be voting, because, tempting as it is, a protest vote is useless. I’ve made up my mind about which of the incompetents I’ll go with but as a proud Canadian and a conscientious citizen I’m not a happy voter. But who cares? After all, we just pay the bills!

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Susan Duke
Susan Duke
2 years ago

Bravo……ditto to all the above,.

Lynda Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Susan Duke

I’m downright scared about what’s ahead. Thanks, Susan.

Margy
2 years ago

I’m sure glad I’m not an American and was faced with their choices for President. We do, however, own a home in AZ and spend part of our year there. The positive trend in their economy is visible in many facets of life there. There is an optimistic feel for the future for many wage earners – unfortunately that isn’t being conveyed to the outside world by the media.

Lynda Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Margy

Canada is considered the outside world by Americans and lately they’re treating their best friends and neighbours as hostile enemies. Not good or productive for either side. We spend five months a year in Florida, a strong Republican state and we find it’s just easier to not mention politics while we’re there. They really have no idea of how the rest of the world operates and they exist under a lot of false illusions. Canadian and British news media is infinitely more objective and unbiased than American media but we fail to see much good coming from the Trump administration.… Read more »

Lynda Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Margy

Canada is considered the outside world by Americans and lately they’re treating their best friends and neighbours as hostile enemies. Not good or productive for either side. Canadian and British news media is infinitely more objective. Thanks for your comments. Really appreciate you taking the time to contribute.

Ed Thompson
Ed Thompson
2 years ago

A wonderful essay Linda. Well written and so true. It is difficult for many of us to be “talked down” to all the time!
I love the cartoon of election promises being written on the toilet paper-so original.
Do you happen to know a writer by the name of Michele Hauser? She lives in Napanee and writes for the local Kingston paper. Like you, she is always an interesting read.
Keep up the good work.

Lynda Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed Thompson

Thanks for your positive feedback. It’s always gratifying to know my words are not just blowing in the wind. And I’ll check out Michele Hauser on-line.

Francesca
Francesca
2 years ago

Great summation of all the tripe. The candidate that doesn’t make me turn the channel immediately is the one who gets my vote. All else has become meaningless.

Lynda Davis
2 years ago
Reply to  Francesca

What to do when they ALL make me want to turn the channel. Downright depressing. Thanks for your comments Francesca.