I’m Not Lovin’ It

Tomorrow is election day in the United States as citizens will vote for new public servants. Voting is a priviledge that Americans enjoy. It wasn’t like this all the time though. Women were not allowed to vote in the United States until the 19th Amendment was passed.

Unfortunately, elections can be rigged. Just ask Paul Siegfried, a McDonald’s franchisee owner with stores in Canton, Ohio.

Last month, when employees at his McDonald’s stores opened their paychecks, they found a very special surprise included along with their checks. No, it wasn’t a bonus check; that would be silly and very unusual for a McDonald’s. It was a pamphlet that included the following touching message: “If the right people are elected, we will be able to continue with raises and benefits at or above the current levels. If others are elected, we will not.”

The right people of course being Republican candidates running for office in the area. I’m no legal expert, but I believe what Mr. Siegfried’s McDonald’s stores did would be considered illegal. In fact, according to Allen Schulman, who is the Democractic president of the Canton City Council, and who also happens to be a lawyer, the “distribution of the pamphlet — which was printed on a McDonald’s letterhead — violates a 1953 Ohio statute that prohibits political material from being attached to wage envelopes.”

So what have we learned? If you want to make sure the candidate(s) of your choice gets some votes, threaten to take away raises and benefits from your employees unless they vote for said candidate(s).

There is one question I have on my mind though. Even if the “right people” were elected, would Mr. Siegfried kept his promise and offered raises and benefits to his employees? I feel a big fat “nay” coming along.

5 thoughts on “I’m Not Lovin’ It

  1. The real question is why vote, when all the candidates are the same! It takes me no time to show up and cast my ballot for all third party candidates.

  2. Trung, I guess you are correct about Anarchism and voting. Voting, really accomplishes nothing……nothing at all. I can think of several reasons.
    1 Of course one vote does not matter in the scheme of things,by law of numbers alone.
    2 The candidates are essentially the same corrupt puppets, arguing for different benefactors.
    3 The government may use the information about how you voted against you at a later date.
    4 Even if a certain person gets elected, there are too many checks and balances to enact any real change, plus many inside the system actively counter changes in support of a more complicated system.
    5 Interest groups and corporations have substantially greater influence than persons or groups of people.
    6 Millions can’t vote, homeless, felons, resident aliens, illegal immigrants,etc.,etc.,etc., so who does this represent anyway?
    7 Can these voting machines be trusted? Can you trust a bunch of corrected vision senior citizens? Are type that volunteer for poll work, people who are in favor of perpetuating the same system?

    Voting as a privilege of citizenry is sold as a be all end all in participatory democracy, and this is a sickening fallacy for the reasons stated above and many more.

    Trung, you are right, Anarchy and voting are at odds with one another, to an Anarchist voting is a more modern technological society ritual, pointless to the concern of individual freedom and living.

    1. you bring up very good points. the reason i always found anarchy to be at odds with voting is because anarchy dismisses concentratations of power, or at least finds it bad because it can lead to abuse of that power. essentially, we are voting for someone to represent us, but does that person always have our best interests at heart or always will vote for what we want? one person representing so many people? but what happens if he becomes corrupt and votes for his interests or a corporation’s interests? then we have lost our power of vote. more to come later as i have to try to beat traffic now.

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