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Why your vote matters – An open letter to the disillusioned

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Approx Reading Time-10Voting day is here! Are you feeling a little disillusioned by the last eight weeks? Here’s a reminder to play your part.

 

 

 

Election day is upon us.

Eight weeks of utter garbage is coming to an end, and I for one couldn’t be happier to know an end to this noise is finally here.

I don’t expect anything will actually change; it’ll just be nice to not have to be participatory for a while.

It’s easy to become disillusioned when, during the last six months alone we’ve seen the following:

It’s easy to become disillusioned when we’re witnessing state and federal governments more brazenly corrupt than I’ve known in the 30 years of Australian politics that I’ve been around for.

It’s easy to become disillusioned when we’re witnessing the death of the Left, not only in the Labor party but in the media too.

Though must admit, I was pretty amused with The Sydney Morning Herald deciding that an appropriate response to the political climate of the times was to run this on its front page:

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(This is them throwing their hands up, declaring: “Left wing, Right wing…chicken wing!”, right? Props to them for giving up too.

Enough meandering. The point of this editorial is to say the following:

if you’re thinking of not voting, donkey-voting or irony-voting today, you’re being a fucking dickhead.

Don’t throw your vote away in some altruistic act of defiance. You cannot be naive enough to think that your reluctance to participate or to take this day seriously, will be delivered to the top as a message of your dissatisfaction. The only message you’ll send with your silence, your irony-vote or your donkey vote, is the message that it’s okay for our ruling class to continue to not take us seriously; the message that it’s okay for those in power to treat us like idiots who don’t take the threat and the dangers of their power seriously.

If you’re reading this, you’re affected by every single aspect of the game and you need to be involved even if it’s only to oppose things that you find disagreeable.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, fucking ask someone. Ring people whose political leanings are in line with your own. And then, because it’s incredibly stupid to only vote the way everyone else in your flock votes, ring people whose opinions make you fucking angry, and ask them why they’re voting the way they’re voting.

Most of all, you need to inform yourself.

I know. We’ll always be lumped with this two party system, and its influence is something that is inescapable. You don’t have to agree with them, but at least be willing to push against them. For every ill action they force upon those in positions of need, we champion by not trying to stop them.

Voting today may not bring in the change you want to see, but it’s better than the change you’ll allow if you walk away from your own responsibilities.

It’s midday now. We have a few hours left to show them that if indeed they hold a power over us, we can pull the carpet out from under them.

 

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