13 August 2013

I vote - therefore - I'm screwed

Winston says "blah blah....We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

Paul says "blah blah We simply cannot sweep injustice aside. Even if our own conscience allowed us to, I am sure, that in due course, the world and the people of our region would not. There should be no mistake about this - our success in resolving these issues will have a significant bearing on our standing in the world. However intractable the problems seem, we cannot resign ourselves to failure - any more than we can hide behind the contemporary version of Social Darwinism which says that to reach back for the poor and dispossessed is to risk being dragged down. That seems to me not only morally indefensible, but bad history. We non-Aboriginal Australians should perhaps remind ourselves that Australia once reached out for us."

Martin says "blah blah I have a dream that one day down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification – one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers."

Tony says "blah blah You don't get good decisions from government if all the decisions are simply made by one person. No one, however smart, however well educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom."

Bloody hell.

I have been increasingly demoralised by our lack of leadership, our lack of inspiration, our lack of political innovation, our lack of choice.  I appreciate that politicians are mortal, that we are all human, but I want to live in an Australia of which I can be vocally and justifiably proud.

I am sick of the bigotry, the racism, the discrimination, the name calling, the sledging, the politicking, the posturing.  I want equality, I want compassion, I want good education, I want sustainable environments, I want human rights for all, I want somebody, ANYBODY, to stand up and be counted.

I want somebody to tell me what they think as a person and not just as a party.  I want the parties to stand for something that resonates, something in which I can invest my vote with surety and passion.

I want words to be uttered with sincerity.  I want to make the global stage for the right reasons and not because we are substantiating every uneducated, red neck, small minded Australian stereotype ever uttered. When we are making America's top comedy shows twice in one week because our politicians are going viral - something is seriously wrong.

Australia is made up of really great people.  We have so much of which we can be proud - great minds, incredible talent, brilliant athletes, inspiring orators, prodigious surrounds, world class businesses and millions and millions of ordinary people who are decent, hard working, loving, funny and kind.

Where is this Australia being represented in our political shitscape?

And why doesn't it piss more people off that it's not?

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