Tuesday, July 10, 2012

So you vote eh?

I say everyone who votes, should be taking part in their democracy.  It is the ultimate in fallacy to assume that someone who wins a popularity contest, is actually going to represent your interests.  We start em young too.  Student councils. Remember?  The ultimate popularity contests.

The students got it right.  I remember them, and I even won an election once.  As I said, it's a popularity contest for presisdent and you get some doozies.  As in any level of government. Somehow we taught our children, that highschool, it's just a popularity contest, but real life elections, it's serious.  Which is a bunch of bullshit.  We recognized it in highschool, but we seem to somehow think things are different in real political life, because that's what we are taught.  I challenge that line of thought.  I say, we were right in highschool to think of it as a popularity contest, and I think that the same applies to all levels of government.  After all, what are the numbers that our leaders are most concerned with?  Their popularity ratings.  It's how they get elected after all.

Lets talk about polls for a second.  K, so there you are, in the booth, deciding who you'd like to have represent you.  Who you want to be YOUR voice in parliament.  Because you can't go there yourself, you have a job, and a family, and you're too busy to really get involved in politics.  And if you really get to have a say in things, why would you give it up to someone who may or may not A, be elected to begin with, or B, do something that goes against what you stand for?  And you have no recourse, other than to write an angry letter maybe, which could very well just be ignored.  Why do you even have a say in the first place, if you don't bother to pay attention, or care, or do something to effect change?  I know some who work within the system to try and effect change.  I don't believe that works too well.  Some of these issues have been going on for a very very long time.  It's high time we took notice and all started doing something, anything, to change.  Work within the system, or don't.  But don't sit there and do nothing.  Take notice before more suffer.

“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.”

Bertolt Brecht

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