Trust me…This will only seem like another self-absorbed story about Toronto’s Municipal Election. I realize that nobody outside of Toronto gives a swat about Rob Ford’s downhill slide into the Mayor’s office, much less his pseudo-psychopathic views on Cyclists, or anybody else who would stand between him and a fastfood drive-through for that matter. It’s just that the current Mayoral race is such a perfect example of what happens when people vote in a backlash against the ideals of the previous Leadership, by latching onto a Populist platform that has been purpose built to simply oppose the ideals of the last guy. All it would take is for all other candidates to just clearly offer their own reformist new visions, and the guy who represents the lowest common denominators wouldn’t be a shoe-in by default, as it seems will be the case in Toronto. If only there had been a way to sop up that leftover ennui, without empowering a opportunists like Rob Ford in the process!
Backlash? What backlash???
Unfortunately, this sort of trickle-down thinking probably isn’t how truly ‘representative democracy’ is supposed to work. Instead this seems better suited to just satisfying the pent up angst of a frustrated Electorate. One that’s so eager to express it’s displeasure with the previous government, that they will gravitate towards whoever can run in a totally opposite direction to the status quo. Of course this type of voter backlash will simply produce the kind of democracy that we merit, through the kind of self-conscious apathy that only Torontonians could justify to themselves with such blithely feigned indifference.
So, not surprisingly Toronto’s Mayoral Elections have turned into a slo-motion train wreck…We all know what’s happening, and yet all we can do is perhaps ‘throw’ our votes under a strategic candidate to try and stop the inevitable. This race seems so fractured and divided, that only a mass mobilization of the undecided vote would begin to sway the inevitable, and even then the 1st runner-up “Mayor” would only be running City Hall by default…Rather than truly representative democracy, but perhaps necessary. Unless we had an option that would express our displeasure, point to the folly of self-satisfied pandering bureaucracy, and yet still not interfere with a truly beneficial democratic process!
Instead, it seems that a creeping malaise of Voter apathy has set in and resigned itself to accepting the the lack of vision and viable choices in this municipal election. So how are Torontonians supposed to express their displeasure, without just throwing in the towel entirely?
It seems ironic now in retrospect, that even after a rather dirty little (politically motivated?) expose of his sordid personal life, at this rate Adam Giambrone would still have been able to make a great run, just based on any reasonably presented vision for Transit and Traffic! Oops…Sorry, I promised to not make this all about Toronto…
So some might say that this Election is ‘representative’ of where our Democracies are at in general, these days. Seems that the results of this election might simply demonstrate how a vocal majority comprised of a collective of lowest common denominators, can simply win an election by crowding out the undecided vote, and win by default. Or perhaps because the rest of the Voters just couldn’t find another candidate with a platform worth supporting…
So What’s a Poor Voter To Do?
At the very least Torontonians should have the means to clearly indicate any displeasure they feel about their options in this election. Not by wasting their vote through inaction, or so-called ‘strategic’ or ‘bloc’ voting, since that might result in other forms of misrepresentation – if it were to work at all. Rather, by sending a clear message that we think the entire process is a joke….That’s right…A Vote for Quimby, is a vote to register your discontent with the unrealistic, debt-driven, self-serving interests at City Hall!
BTW: Does anybody want to donate $200
to register Quimby’s as a candidate?
So whatever you do…Don’t be surprised by the results. In a world where the Media outlets have already picked their leaders, and set their Editorial slants long ago (see again: Adam Giambrone in the Star)…We should just stop waiting for the kind of concise journalism and popular packaging that would be required to show us a new vision for our Municipal Affairs here in Toronto.
While we’re at it, lets absolve ourselves of any well “mediated” presentations of a world where we leave our cars parked most of the time, waste less water, eat less meat, and burn less…Generally curtailing our Consumption to the point that we might cause our entire economy to radically shift gears, and upset the status quo.
We can count on the Media to support more of the same, for as long as it can….Only by making a spectacle out of this charade, can we all share the joke together, and realize that answers aren’t going to be coming down from the top…The people in charge are simply puppets for profiteers.
That’s why I think that a Vote for Quimby would be a vote for Change…because if Torontonians could make a loud enough statement at the polls without shooting themselves in the foot, then maybe there might be a wake-up call sent out to everyone that the political dog and pony shows are over, and it’s time for reality to set back in, for good…
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