Sunday, August 1, 2010

Better the Devil you Know

I dont know what to do. We need to vote in about 3 weeks and I have NO idea who to vote for.

I used to think that the idea of a swing voter was a vote wasted. I thought that those who classified themselves as a swinging voter were not following politics and that their vote is based on purely who will deliver them more money in their pocket. Well ... now I am a swinging voter, even less swinging more undecided voter.

The last election was our Obama election (better than Obama, it was Rudd). I loved Rudd and all he stood for. But now Rudd is gone (and i have to move on). So ... I must vote in an election where I dont want either to be the next PM. Now I know that my vote doesnt go towards either of them, I vote in the MP for our area (again, crazy for me to vote because we live in one of the safest liberal seats, what is the point in voting.)

This election is now a battle for the least boring, the one who will spend the least, bring us back from our debt the quickest and will curb our immigration (through refugees and normal immigration). Snore!
What happened to the change in the way we have politics run? I thought the election of Rudd was the turning point.  I want to vote for vision, leadership, drive and dertermination. Shouldn't we expect more from our leadership?

We need a bigger population. Its the government that needs to work out how to ensure water and resources are obtained sustainably. We need immigration, we need more done for the environment, we need someone we can be proud of on an international level.  We need someone who will really take us forward with human rights and access to world class education and health.

This game would be very different if it was Rudd Vs Turnbull or at least if one of them were standing for head of their party and as PM.  There will be no rejoicing in our household, its voting better the devil you know style.
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