Thursday, December 9, 2010

Party (vote splitting)

#Reverb10 Day 9: Party

An Open Letter to the Green Party of Canada

Dear Green Party of Canada,

Please stop calling. You're making me feel bad. I can't join your party.

I'd like to, I would. I understand that there are tax deductions involved that magically transform my $200 donation into a $50 cost, or whatever. I do get that you need the cash. And I give you money sometimes, you must admit.

It's not that I don't like you. I've never met a party I liked better. I couldn't agree more that there's no point divvying up the caviar on a sinking ship. And you have a great platform well beyond that fundamental - implemented with excellence across the globe, your policies could transform human civilization, slowing and diversifying the creation and accumulation of wealth to more proportionately reflect the global and human costs and values that rightly should govern our species-wide decision-making. I applaud you for laying them out so clearly, and standing up for them.

But I can't join your party. I think that when someone joins a party, they should vote for them. If your members aren't voting for you, who is, right? And while I may vote for you, and in fact have done so in the past, I am not certain I will always vote for you. I'm quite certain I will never like another party better. But in the last election, the Liberal who had held our riding for many terms of office lost by very few votes to the Conservative, while Green candidates increased their standing.

Sure, he lost our votes and you won them, fair and square, based on the policies. But the outcome was not the one I would have voted for.

Until there is a chance your candidate will win in my riding, I will always have to decide, at the very moment when I place my X, where my principles lie - with sending a message about what I believe in, or with giving my vote to the least bad choice who has a hope of winning.

I suppose I could have picked up the phone, one of the nine times you've called this month, and explained all of that to the poor student volunteer at the other end of the line. But I'm a little shy, so I let it go to voice mail.

Good luck changing the world - I'm on your side, just not in your party.


(Mrs. Which looks around at the bewildered #reverb10 faces around the room.)

What? That's not what she meant by Party?


  1. Hmm, yeah, sounds like US politics. Well written and I had the same thought about "party" as well (but glad that you wrote it!) ;-)

  2. Excellent play on the prompt. Well done!

  3. Thanks, though I'm pretty sure it's cheating. That's what I was thinking about. And I'm really tired and in my ebb time creatively...yes, yes. Maybe I just like to write on the outskirts sometimes.

  4. Well played MrsWhich, well played ;)

  5. Good for you. And it wasn't cheating. I actually had a twitter conversation this morning with the woman who wrote the prompt and she told me that I could interpret it however I wanted. And so I did. And so did you. It wasn't cheating, I love what you did. :)

  6. Ah, but Mrs.M you'd love me if I stood on my head and called it performance art. But thank you - and I hope it was also instructional on Canadian politics.

    Brad, on the other hand, doesn't know me at all, so I accept his praise. Thank you, sir.

  7. I think this is a very clever interpretation. And I love you even if you wrote this on your head, on a rope, while doing performance art -- all at the same time :)

  8. Amazing and hilarious! I agree with all the commenters that its totally up to you to interpret the prompt... that's what I have been doing anyways...

    I feel the same way. Though I love the Green Party, I do not think I am a one party woman.

  9. I love this interpretation. I, on the other hand, interpreted this prompt as I have interpreted most parties in my life, as an invitation to stay home and read a book. Feeling a bit guilty about skipping a day but there it is. Inspired by your boundary shift, here. Perhaps I will write a letter to the U.S. Dems or do what Mrs. M did - and have a tea party. I could throw a pity party, too. That might work.


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