QOTD: Who Gets Your Vote?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
qotd who gets your vote

It’s Election Day north of the border, meaning you can be sure of one thing once all the ballots are counted in the wee hours — no one’s going to be happy.

Regardless of the Great White North’s political carping, we have three automotive topics on which to cast your vote. So sharpen your pencil, step up to the ballot box, and beware of hanging chads.

PROPOSITION 314: Do you support Marty McFly going back in time and altering history so that Ralph Nader never interferes with car safety rules, meaning modern cars will now be equipped with hammocks and dashboard hibachis? (YES / NO)

CEO OF FORD MOTOR CO.: For the first time, Ford is allowing the public to elect its new corner office inhabitant, one who cannot possibly fumble more than its current occupant. Please select one candidate from the following list (LANCE BASS / GRITTY / THAT GUY FROM THE TIKTOK VIDEO)

NEXT SUPERFLUOUS FEATURE: In the interest of consumer research, car companies are permitting a vote on what will be the next superfluous feature that no one wants but everyone includes simply because “the other guy” has it on his car (45″ VERTICAL TOUCHSCREEN / 213 DRIVING MODES / COFFEE MAKER)

It’s up to you, readers. Vote early and vote often.

[Image: Murilee Martin/TTAC]

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Oct 21, 2019

    Yes, Tiktok, coffee maker. With the last, there has to be one of those coolers from FCA to hold creamer.

  • ToddAtlasF1 ToddAtlasF1 on Oct 22, 2019

    In 1996 I crewed a sailing yacht for a man with an eponymous private equity investment firm. He sent me to Baddeck on Lake Bras d'Or. My fellow crew was a buddy from college. We were trying to cut down on drinking and driving, so we hired a local to drive us around in an eight-door Buick limo. He took to pulling over and drinking our beers, so we gave up and rented a van. When we were ready to leave, we wound up taking a ride with someone employed by the garage we rented the van from. He was a fountain of Canadian knowledge, enlightening us to the level of hatred that existed between speakers of different languages. It was pretty odd, as overt racism was something that we'd been conditioned to reject at that point in US history. I'd seen some shocking stuff between the English-speaking Nova Scotians and 'the guys from the reservation,' but it was clear why we'd not met any French Canadians in our travels after the driver spoke of them. Not that Justin Trudeau's racism is the greatest threat to Canada at the moment, but it is still pretty sorry that the election is remaining in the hands of the backwards. Our driver in 1996 regaled us with stories about how the socialists took control and everything was great until all the jobs vanished. I guess we should have pointed out the obvious to him. Maybe Canada wouldn't be doomed today.

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    • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Oct 22, 2019

      That might be the biggest example of 'fake news' that I have read today! Yes there were 'Two Solitudes' between English and French speakers. But 'hatred' hardly. Quebec is more European than North American and Quebecois are quite proud of their social programs and government enterprises. The economy in Quebec is quite robust. And Trudeau is a product of Quebecois, and Scottish ancestry. He is not 'pure wool' Quebecois and in fact his father is not particularly liked by 'pure wool' Quebecois. As for Canada being 'doomed'. Funny how we have more freedoms than citizens of the USA, less government surveillance/scrutiny of our lives, far less chance of being a victim of violent crime and an exorbitant amount of natural resources.

  • THX1136 THX1136 on Oct 22, 2019

    Reading through the comments brought a sincere question to mind. Why do folks laud the way Europe, generally speaking, does things, but are seemingly unwilling to move there to enjoy what they perceive to be a better system and/or benefits? If I wanted the US to be like Europe in this area, I'd move there instead of trying to change the US. It's like asking someone who likes the car they drive to change to a car they never wanted nor liked.

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    • FreedMike FreedMike on Oct 22, 2019

      So...if another country is doing something that works for it, the best thing is to move there, versus perhaps trying it here? Put differently, in domestic terms: if state ABC cuts taxes, then everyone should move there, versus asking their state to do the same. Non-argument, if you ask me.

  • THX1136 THX1136 on Oct 24, 2019

    Thanks mopar, Arthur and Mike for your thoughts. I get where you folks are coming from and it does hold weight for sure. I guess for me it's cool to try to effect change, but it seems foolish to bitch and moan after trying if it turns out that it wasn't "the consensus view" (to quote Oh Brother Where Art Thou/Everett) to make that change. People need something/anything to talk about indeed.

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    • THX1136 THX1136 on Oct 24, 2019

      @Arthur Dailey I understand you angle, Arthur. If one has tried to effect change to the extent one feels they have done all that can be done, then leaving is but one option. The other would be to accept those "unchanged" things and move on with life laboring under those things one finds unacceptable. To complain without making an effort is silly. To adapt after expending the effort you feel you have within you is wise. That adaptation may be moving - or not. Thanks for your thoughts.