Vote with your wallet

For a long time, decades, Canadians have been known as a rather passive lot. No matter how hard you slapped us down, we'd come back like fat round-bottomed inflatable clowns with a "Nice day oot, eh?"

For a long time, decades, Canadians have been known as a rather passive lot. No matter how hard you slapped us down, we’d come back like fat round-bottomed inflatable clowns with a “Nice day oot, eh?”

But what do we have here? Two hundred protesters shut down the Yukon legislature! Wow! And that on the heels of closing the valve on oil and gas development in the Whitehorse Trough.

And let’s not forget all the occupying that went on last fall or the rather noisy recent election in Alberta. It seems we’ve got a trend of political involvement of “average” people going on here.

It’s refreshing. Good to see that we are finally noticing all the wonderful things that are being done “for our own good.” And it’s really refreshing to see that the voices of the citizens of this country are finally being listened to….

But wait! Listen. What’s that sound? Hey, it’s your wallet talking!

Have you considered also using your wallet as your spokesperson? Your delegate to do your talking for you? Powerfully persuading your opponents to accept your brutal demands?

It already is.

Every time we buy or rent a thing, we tell the manufacturer to produce another one. We don’t have to say a word, just pay for the thing and somewhere, some machine chugs and burps and out the other end comes another product, just like the one we just bought!

Tired of genetically modified corn on the blob, pumpkin-onion-carrot-garlic-fish-somethings? Don’t buy ‘em. Just walk on by!

Too much broken cheap plastic crap in the dump? You know what to do. There is probably no more powerful way of getting your message directly to the point it needs to reach.

And remember: “Never underestimate the power of a whole lot of stupid people moving in the same direction at the same time!” (unknown)

Doug Martens

Teslin