The First Commandment of Selfish Voting: Thou Shall Only Vote For Who Thou Shall Reap The Most From.
- by Sapphire Adaikpoh
- 4 months ago
Note: This article is a continuation of the article titled ' Voting Selfishly is Good for the Economy' Click on the title above to read
Most people, in developing countries, seek the basic amenities of life from their Government. These concerns usually include food and shelter, such issues become irrelevant when they have good jobs, then the problem of Health Care and Security becomes a serious issue. After all, a hungry man without shelter is too sick with suffering to even bother about living a healthy life, germs and diseases would become his favourite companions. So if in a developing country like Nigeria, I insist on interacting personally with political aspirants, in order to determine who can give me the best Job opportunities, Health Care and Security, and you do the same and the political aspirant knows that his next tenure votes and those of his party members would be determined by ‘whether or not they have fulfilled the promises they made to me and you, the attitude of the leaders would change.
If my interest goes beyond trivial issues like security, health care and good jobs to include issues like electricity and good road (maybe because I am a business man and need these amenities to improve my business) then I would vote the man who would give me what I need. Do I want development grants for small scale businesses, since I have a small scale business? If yes, then I will ask the political aspirants and vote for who will give me what I need. Do I want to become the next commissioner of the state? If Yes, Well I will definitely vote for the gubernatorial candidate who is most likely to appoint me as a commissioner. Do I want to receive money on Election Day and suffer for four years of bad governance? If yes, then I will vote for the candidate who gives me the most money.
The Secret to a Better Economy.
When you vote selfishly, you ensure that the original intention of the constitution is ensured which is ‘one man one vote’, you eliminate godfathers because nobody can cajole your votes except your own selfish interest. Inadvertedly, the political aspirant who gives the majority population what their heart desires emerges the winner. To remain within the favour of the people, he rules in such a way that ensures that the majority’s desire is granted therefore ensuring good governance which also brings about a good economy.
Here is a little food for thought!
The word good is relative and dependent on our desires. For instance, we consider something to be good if it is what we desire at that point in time. Therefore, Good governance is relative and implies a government that conducts itself within the expectations of the majority. Also, a Good Economy is also relative, and should imply the kind of economy sought after by the majority
On the above basis, If the majority of the citizens in country, while voting according to the selfish rule decide to and actually vote for the person who gives them the most money at the election venue, without regards for his agenda or his plans for the recovery of the money spent. When this person wins, and embezzles money to recover the loss incurred on Election Day and make the necessary money to ensure success at the next election date, is that not Good Governance? After all, the government is conducting itself in a way that would ensure that the expectation of the majority is fulfilled. Can one say that the result to the economy is bad? After all, that is simply the effect of the majority’s choice.