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Respect my right to vote
Thailand is a dysfunctional, corrupt democracy, this I agree. That you demand aloud for good governance and a better democracy, this I also agree. The Pheu Thai Party under the will and whim of Thaksin Shinawatra is a threat to democratic progress, this I agree as well.
In fact, the Democrat Party under the will and whim of SuthepThaugsuban is also a threat to democratic progress, I write this even if you disagree. That’s the beauty of democracy; we don’t have to agree.
But if you want a better democracy, then you’d better well behave like you deserve it, by respecting my right to vote.
If you accuse the Pheu Thai Party of behaving unconstitutionally, then you’d better well behave constitutionally by respecting my right to vote, as is guaranteed by the constitution.
If you accuse the red -hirts of behaving like undemocratic thugs, then you’d better well behave like democratic citizens come Sunday, rather than denying me my right through a physical barrier, intimidation or violence as undemocratic thugs would.
You may say that you must blockade the voting booths because of the rampant vote buying in Thai elections. I agree, in my opinion there is rampant vote buying in Thai elections. But opinion and fact is not the
But come Sunday, if you are going to prevent me from casting my vote, you’d better have evidence that I – and other ordinary citizens who will vote on that day – have sold our votes.
The point is, I respect your right. Would you respect mine and others’?
A better democracy is built by the attitudes and actions of individual citizens, combined into a collective culture. It is our behaviour that will decide whether we can achieve it or not.