First Place winner, June 2010 Photo Contest
At least you folks get to directly decide between two candidates for Car of the Year. Here there are two dozen cars in the running. Because of this there is never one model that gets enough votes to be elected Car of the Year. As a result different car manufacturers form a coalition to build the Car of the Year. For the voter that is usually very unsatisfactory because he may end up with car parts that he absolutely did not want.
For example, if during the election race BMW makes a point of it that their Car of the Year candidate has a V8 engine and that is something they are not going to compromise on, I might be so impressed by that one aspect alone that I'm going to vote for them. But because of the need to form a coalition, BMW will have to compromise after all. And if the other two car manufacturers both have hybrid engines, you can bet that the V8 is going to be the first thing to go.
As a voter I then feel cheated. I wanted my Car of the Year to have a V8 engine and not a hybrid one. That's the whole reason I voted BMW in the first place. So I complain my BMW representative about it. Guess what he'll tell me... "compromising is a sign of strength". Yeah, right. The hell it is. It's a sign of breaking your promise to the voter and showing that you care so much about being in power that you'd do anything to obtain it.
Respectability? Gone! Trust? Poof! Integrity? Went out the window!
Which is why I really don't know anymore which car to vote for. The cars themselves may look nice and their salesmen sometimes say some really good things. But then I remember that it's not going to be one car that wins it anyway. You just know that they're going to form a coalition and when they do, they're going to break their promises just as easily as they made them.
Mercedes bastard & Limburger-loving schmuck
Last edited by Boyo; July 17th, 2008 at 19:18.