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September 13, 2008

S & M Meets Presidential Election

Alba Sex is used for everything these days, or used to advertise or call attention to many causes, but are people getting tired of it? Are people going to get tired of it or end up desensitized to it all?

The Declare Yourself campaign features Jessica Alba on the entry page, and focuses on encouraging people to vote. Shouldn't voting be mandatory when people turn eighteen or the designated legal age within a country? Here where I live, once you turn eighteen you have to register. It isn't an option. If people don't register then someone from the electoral commission comes a-calling with registration papers. And it makes sense because if people consider themselves citizens, then they have to be registered to vote. You can't call a country a democracy if most of its citizens can't be bothered voting; it's a contradiction to whine about a government and go on and on, and not be registered to vote because they don't feel like registering or don't see any point in it. Can one consider oneself a citizen if one doesn't vote?

Check out the full gallery of images here, but if you've just had breakfast or have a sensitive stomach, bypass some of them because they're not tame. Overall, it's an eye catching online campaign.


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One of the best reasons for compulsory voting, is that it becomes impractical (with secret ballot) for vote buying to take place. In Aus., as long as you get your name marked off, you can then express your disappointment with the candidates on offer by simply voting informal. In the USA, vote buying has been an ongoing problem.

They don't call it the home of the brave for nothing, but it's easy to point the finger if you live in a country that has a third of the population of the US. All countries with a colonial history have problems involving poverty and racism. Canada has a population of around 33 million people (as of the last census), Australia has a population of around 20 million and the UK has a population of around 60 million. Managing a country with a population of 300 million people is never going to be an easy task. As for voting registrations, I believe it's possible to create a system that accounts for every individual turning eighteen each year (ensuring they register). I think if the latter countries had the same populations they too would have to have similar policies to ensure their economy (ie their economic standing) prospers. The United States is like a contemporary example of Darwinian theory; survival of the fittest. I've known people that have gone there to try their luck, but those who have remained there, who have had success, even if it was within an ordinary industry, I'm not talking about 'celebrity' industries, have had to have the motivation to work solidly but more importantly have a solid grip on their goals.

"You can't call a country a democracy if most of its citizens can't be bothered voting;"

Sure you can. You can't call it an engaged democracy, it's not one where people are proactive politically, but you can't legislate apathy out of existence.

(Besides; there are those who believe the US is anything but a democracy...and hasn't been for the longest time.)

"it's a contradiction to whine about a government and go on and on, and not be registered to vote because they don't feel like registering or don't see any point in it."

So? Since when is the US anything but a series of contradictions? Puritanical base...and a HUGE adult entertainment industry. Obesity levels through the roof...and a 'model' (as in 'emaciated') culture. The 'richest, most advantaged' nation on Earth...with incarceration and poverty levels through the roof. An endemically isolationist videwpoint...with a staggering history of meddling in others' affairs.

"Can one consider oneself a citizen if one doesn't vote?"

Sure. Maybe not a very proud one, but voting (or for that matter, voting badly) isn't a prerequisite for being a US citizen. Much more important (in the government's eyes) to pay your taxes.

Apathy is rife in America. People are tired of the lies, the deceit, the campaign bullshit...but then these are the same people who watch Big Brother, American Idol and the endless stream of celebrity-gazing crap that tv -and the Internet- provides.

Check out the documentary 'Stealing America: Vote by Vote'

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