Dear conservative advocacy group, charity, mainstream newspaper, or conservative voter,
Michael J Burry, who correctly predicted the 2008 sub prime crash, is now investing heavily in one commodity: land near water. He is doing so because he believes water will become scarce.
Elon Musk, a CEO who has sent rockets to the space station, created an electric car company because he fundamentally believes we have a climate crisis. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKCuDxpccYM)
I have gone to the polling station with this crisis in mind. Yet every time my vote didn’t elect anyone. So I volunteered for 8 years, sharing my time between working part time in a high stress job and advocating for voting reform so my vote on these critical, urgent issues, would matter.
But our advocacy hit a wall: whether it’s fear mongering (“OMG the Nazis!”), the patronizing (“you are so lazy, work hard so your vote count”) or conveniently hiding behind a referendum to not to change the system – even if the conservative party use, to elect their leader, the same voting system the liberals prefer – we hit every kind of excuse.
A message to conservative voters: Even if a proportional systems would mean more control to voters (open lists, ranking of choices, separate party and candidate choice), more competition (more than one legislator *between* elections) and more accountability (because every taxpayer is paying for a salary MP they voted for); despite these characteristics espoused by conservatives, you keep trumpeting, out of self-interest, first past the post even if your favorite party doesn’t use it to elect its own leader.
For mainstream media & liberal voters: this exercise that we celebrate every year or two (4 year cycle for 3 levels of government) is something newspaper throw a big circus for but miserably fail to look at it critically. Half of all votes go to waste. Even if journalists enjoy speaking truth to power, editorials stay quiet or advocate for status quo & referendums. The referendum argument fails on it’s premise: if it was our voting system, it would give us equal representation.
I am tired. I am tired of this celebration and pretending this is democracy. To add insult to injury, conservative voters refuse to put a price on carbon.
I have yelled, campaigned, organized for this, because we are running off a cliff and because I want to go to the polls as an equal.
But nobody listened. Or rather they listened, but gave a sleezy excuse to keep the way things are.
So fuck off. I don’t want to be part of this celebration. I don’t want to help your cause. Newspapers, I don’t want to buy your opinion. Take me off your list. Do not mail this address. Do not call my number.
And if you, mail recipient of whatever organization I am mailing this to, can still go to sleep easy tonight and think we’re in a democracy, then you’re rotten like all of them.