Why do we vote? What basis defines our choices? What is the core driving force behind the men and women we elect to rule us? Yes they rule us, if we were buddies, the president would be in my living room right now, enjoying a Black Label saying “ Ok, thanks Neill, but I made a promise to visit the family down the street that are going to lambaste me for that MP I appointed, in my stupidity, and I really need to go face the music now”
I petition all political parties... Stop being so mysterious.
When I decide to vote one day… I want that party to woo me with reason. I don’t want promises, I want people who are going to make the wheels on the bus go; people that will put their behinds on the line because they are here to serve, in the interest of all people, as well as they possibly can, and to the very best of their abilities. Those people need to have extensive reputations of success, in effecting change, where necessary via referendum or additional voting opportunities.
So let’s vote for a party that understands my ideals…
I visited the EFF website.
I found no singular plan of action other than few lines of political propaganda, to which I am immune. I do not know who will be doing what… A vague list of ideas… Dream of “change” and well, general nonsense, depicted in colours that made me believe I was looking at the 1999 ANC web site…
So, nothing on that site is giving me a clear indication of who will be doing what and being accountable for it… But at least their web site is flashy.. If you have a passion for green (envy for the ANC), red (Their anger) and black (I am out of ideas, on this one)…
Let’s try the DA web site…
Impressive… Very… Blue.
Goodness.. Page 1: How to vote for us… Best way to chase me away! But I am looking for the party that is going to not fix things that are not broken, and fix things that are, so I will continue to meander through their web site. REGISTER to WIN!!! What will I win? Oh, wait, propaganda, oh I see… Moving on gently... Wow, lots of statistics, figures, amounts! The whole Wikipedia was dumped here! Amazing ! …If they only realised, we have already figured out how to Google. Other than the regular disgust (without doing anything), I see a lot of propaganda with no real references to back up any facts or whatever it is they are trying to do. I still don’t know who would be implementing reforms and why they are doing it… Who will be the head-honcho implementing it and who’s behinds will be on the line? Zille makes no mention of who would be in charge of anything… but we must “Believe”… Enough of this…
The ANC web site was next
REGSITER TO VOTE! Bang! In your face, tax-payer! Never mind that… Downloads! I’m hoping for the mother-of-all documents here… THIS has some potential! A promise of accountability? A decree to be signed by all MP’s ? An Oath ? A Vow of integrity? … 6 Pictures… for your downloading pleasure! Wait, Manifesto ! Oh, I see, the same blabber the DA was sending me… THIS DOES NOT WORK ON ME. Is it so hard for them to simply say what they are going to do, why they are going to do it, and who is going to be accountable?
Lowering my Expectations…
So far I have been to 3 web sites… NONE of them offer any real clue as to what and who is doing to do anything... I need at least a name… I can Google… Don’t worry; I would just like a name. Don’t worry, if the person you say is going to be able to fix a few things and make life better... Well I can find that info out by myself… I have lowered my expectations already; just a name, ok? Or, is it that they all shoot from the hip when deciding their cabinet? How do I know?
So, without further ado…
VF web site was next on my list J
Wait a moment… Stop right there (stop and stare)… Sweet Mercy, they NAME PEOPLE. Is this the light at the end of the tunnel, can it be? No. Just 9 faces of white guys … Riveting (I am white too, BTW)… anyone want to elaborate on what they do, what their skills are, how well they have done in the past… ?
So a few successes… with no documentation to back things up… but we grant these whities every little bit of credit. More pictures of white people ensue… great! Is this a blog, or a website of a major political party? I S(h)it here, confused. Their twitter machine is more like an old Volksie… e-toll, e-toll e-toll. I Want to know more about Dr Pieter Mulder… at least they have a degree of transparency and have not used the work “freedom fighter” even ONCE on their page.. Pretty impressive stuff… but a waste of storage space on whatever server they are paying for…
Ok, the inevitable… the IFP is next..
WHAT… IS THAT? (Says I, in a Russian accent )
3 Letters: W T F
Ah, click on ‘parliament, I think, I can’t read it … The link is in some font that even Geocities would have been embarrassed to host! (Back in the day… hence the reference)… Forget it: There is more valuable information on a porn pop-up link than on this site
… Rapidly leaving that site
What’s left? Helen Zille has got a Wikipedia, Jacob Zuma has got a pledge to get you registered, the EFF is, well, flashy, IFP… let’s not go there J
So I stand, stranded and without help… Why can’t a political party be transparent?
I don’t know, I just don’t know. You want my vote…? The “X” from my pen will be below the blocks, in that white, empty space, between the end of the pictures, and the edge of the page, where I will scribble on the left… “In my dreams”.
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