The problem with this position is that, precisely for the reasons it puts forth --that the parties don't give damn what citizens think-- it is worthless, except for leaving battlefield open to the one party that has the capacity to mobilize voters: the PRI. The annulment position reflects without a doubt and disenchantment with the functioning of politics that is wrongly attributed to the democratic model, when in reality it is the product of poor implementation of said model and with the fact that in Mexico the rule of law doesn't exist. The problem isn't the political parties, but rather that the mechanisms that force them to respond to the worries of the population. The problem isn't that political parties are corrupt, but rather that the mechanisms for punishing such conduct don't work. Instead of rejecting elections, calling on people to annul their vote, why don't we reject impunity and non-reelection? Why don't we channel the discontent that exists with democracy and use it to make democracy function better, and not replace it? Why don't we repair the manger instead of kicking it?
Monday, June 8, 2009
Chabat on Null Votes
Here the finale to today's column: