Have you ever wanted to be or do something big, but didn’t put in the effort required to make it happen? For example, you may have aspired to become a great author or artist, but you never submitted any work to publish, get judged in contests, or even put it on a blog where it might be discovered. It’s a long shot to get noticed as it were, never mind by the right people who might support your work, with odds like those of winning the lottery. However, if you didn’t even give yourself a chance to win that lottery by doing what you must do, akin to buying a lottery ticket in the extended metaphor, who will?
Doug Ford, aka Fordie (Ford D.) Boy, has won an overwhelming majority government in Ontario tonight, even if with just 40% of the vote. It’s almost too strategically well spread out to believe, but it is what it is. I don’t know what you’re thinking, 40% of Ontarians who voted, but consequences for you will be consequences.
For my part, living in Canada outside of Ontario, your election results basically just cost you any economic contribution I might have consciously made until you elect someone else who is less elitist and less corrupt in every way imaginable. That’s my reaction to the fiasco. It’s not much, of course, me just being one person, but helping the world is about doing what you can do. If more people had turned out to vote, for instance, in what was among the lowest voter turnouts ever, things might have been different. But hey, my little personal boycott is the least of your worries in Ontario now cause I think most people who voted for Doug Ford will eventually come to regret it. Only time will tell.
Until then, for my part, there’ll be no vacations to Ontario for me until your government changes. I’ll avoid even flying through Toronto or other Ontarian airports unless there were a major inconvenience. I will insist friends where meet me elsewhere for when we do meet, cause they’ll be able to use the break, as well. Of course, I can’t avoid everything, like how certain things ship from Ontario warehouses that I wouldn’t even know about until afterward, or don’t have a choice to buy from another place. However, if I know I have a choice elsewhere, you can bet I will pick it.
Little boycott, sure. But what if a whole bunch of other people did it?
You know how people boycott brands whose makers they don’t approve of? Well, I’m taking it to the football sense.
I hate the Patriots for their cheating ways. Robert Kraft owns them and there’s a lot of Kraft products out there. It’s bad enough they got to this Super Bowl XLIX by cheating. If they win it, I’m going to boycott all Kraft products till they are dethroned.
I know my actions won’t make a dent in their income and such. However, I’m doing my part and that’s all I can really do. If that’s not good enough, then you can extend the argument to why vote where the action of one individual won’t mean a heck of a lot. It’s a principle and morals stand that’s worth far more personally than it ever might be socially.
Unless it catches on as a meme, of course, hahaha. Too bad I don’t think people are nuts enough to do it. But I’ll tell you one thing, it’ll make for one heck of a good short party story while my boycott lasts if the Pats win. If not, I’ll still minimize my Kraft purchases after Deflategate… even more so than my restraint after Spygate. 🙂