Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Will You Vote?

From now to the elections in 2009 I hope to be putting up a series of polls gaging people's voting tendencies and how they might change. I'm particularly interested to see if ex-pats are going to make a conscious effort to come back to vote. Below is the first of these polls:


  1. Only if they allow non residents to vote. Otherwise, voting does not matter; they will "bus in" the newlyt nationalized, or "buy in" more willing idiots.

  2. Anonymous4:53 AM

    Good point ... do the busies know which Murr to vote for this time??

  3. I decided to boycott elections the day the Doha Agreement materialized. If I were to vote in a district where my vote actually mattered, I might have thought otherwise.

  4. Sorry to hear that APM. But I've said it elsewhere and I'll say it again:

    ...I do know what I want for my country. If M14 wins, there is the possibility that nothing will change, but there is also the possibility that we could move closer to full implementation of the Taef, including secularizing Parliament and initiating a Senate.

    If they, along with the President's bloc, win then there is a chance that the army will continue to get stronger and more robust and we can continue to work towards becoming a normal country.

    But if Hizballah, Amal, the SSNP, and the FPM win (along with the Baath and the Marada), what chance is there for just two of the above (and God knows there more)?

    None. Most likely we will regress and we will suffer, along with later generations.


    I don't get it. Because on May 7th Hizballah, AMAL, and the SSNP proved what we always knew about them (that they would willfully kill Lebanese in order to protect their interests and the interests of their patrons in Syria and Iran) we are supposed to just drop everything and hand them the country? Because they used violence, then thats it, its over? Because they use violence if they're not in power (and by the way, when they can take the country to war anytime they like, or put an economic stranglehold on the capital and the country, then they're not "out of power"), then we should hand them the keys to the country?

    Why did you bother going to all those protests ... if you felt that way? If you felt that being unwillfully dominated by military/para-military force that provided stability through terror was better than fighting for freedom inspite of the instability, why did you bother in the first place?
    Did you think the Syrians would thank us for hosting them, just pick up their bags and leave? Did you think that their quislings would be happy to see their patrons leave (along wiht all the money and influence peddled their way during the occupation) without resorting to the tactics of thuggery that they know best?

    You're obviously disappointed - well we all are, but we're not ready to give up.

    ... My politics is based on conviction and an intellectual evaluation and belief in the potential of our country and the path(s) we need to pursue to in order to realize that potential. From the beginning of this struggle, nobody [should have] expected this to be easy, the families of those assassinated are witness to that.

    And trust me, I'm fully aware of the [many many] faults and limitations of those who "lead" and/or "follow" under the banner of M14. But that is something that can only be addressed if we have a country - full in its sovereignty and independence - and a state - steadfast in its institutions - through which to work on these things.

    Voting - the act of voting - is the essence of those institutions. It is a rejection of the violence, intimidation, and return to domination that is implied by events such as May 7th and, more recently, the violence rendered on Feb 14th.

    The Doha Agreement brought with it a lot of disappointments, but don't let that stop you from expressing your voice as a free Lebanese - even as they try to drown out that voice. Let it be a protest vote!

  5. Jade,

    My decision is not of a political nature, but more due to personal issues. I fully support March 14's ideals on subjects pertaining to Lebanon as a whole, but when it comes to the South, and more specifically to the District of Hasbaya, I have my reservations.

    That's why I said if my vote had the slightest chance of changing things in that region, I would have probably shown no hesitance voting for March 14.

    Post-Doha, Hasbaya was again looped with Marjayoun in the election law in another sign of complete negligence from M14 politicians. This guarantees that Assaad Herdan of the SSNP and Anwar Khalil of AMAL are (for the nth time) the exclusive representatives of the Hasbaya district.

    You ask why not at least register a "protest vote" against these two thugs.

    My reasons simply stem from the fact that the March 14 leadership (like every other political entity to come through Lebanon in the past 30 years) doesnt give a flying fuck about Hasbaya (or most other places of the South for that matter, maybe excl. Saida and Jezzin).

    If they pushed for granting the Hasbaya district its elections independent from Marjayoun, March 14 could have actually gained some seats there. Apparently the project was too costly, and hence so is my vote.

    In simple terms, I will not vote for a Hasbaya representative that never even had the intention of winning.

  6. Well like I said, I empathize with you APM, and the people of the South & Western Bekaa who just want to live a normal life but are, instead, continuously cast to the wolves.


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