It’s creeping on up on election time and we’re already starting to see SA’s two dominant political parties getting one foot at a time into the usual matter of toilets.
But do we really need to put up with another season of shit literally being at the top of the national political campaigns?
The two usual suspects, the DA and the ANC, aren’t offering the millions of responsible South African cannabis users much of a voting option.
Sure, they have a lot of relevant things on their national agendas; education, employment, toilets, etc.
These, however, don’t seem that relevant compared to surviving in a country where possibly being arrested for simply consuming cannabis is right at the top of your personal agenda. Neither the DA nor the ANC show any signs of letting up on cannabis laws soon.
Whether it comes down to them being so addicted to prohibition that they can’t kick the habit, or being afraid of losing votes from voters who’ve been duped by the years of political cannabis bashing, either way they’re not changing their tunes on the matter of cannabis anytime soon. If anything, we’re seeing cannabis being dragged back to the political frontline as politicians use it to try and win votes with their “Drugs are bad” chorus.
No politician wants to be seen as soft on drugs. The rules of the game have long been; tour the country, make loads of empty promises, bust a move, sing a tune, hate on drug users and say a few prayers. It’s the Idols version of a political popularity contest.
A stark reality faces the politicians of today though. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to hide behind the pretences.
The excuses are wearing thin for why they need to blow billions of taxpayer Rands on jets, cars and houses that can now accommodate the ample posteriors of public officials who no longer fit into public size facilities or bare to make to make it up a flightof stairs.
Our politicians are muffing the toppings out of their moral personas. A Minister of Intelligence who doesn’t know that his wife deals cocaine doesn’t appear very intelligent, nor does a President who doesn’t object to his political party oppressing the freedom of liberties for which that very party fought so hard for in the first place.
The blood of oppression has barely dried and the liberators have developed a taste for the tactics of their oppressors.
You can probably tell already that I’m no fan of politicians. It’s extremely difficult for me to accept someone with a Jabba The Hutt physique being intolerant about my personal lifestyle choices.
There’s one politician that I’ll stick my neck out for though. His name is Jeremy Acton and his political party has long withstood the ridicule of its name… The Dagga Party of South Africa; often disregarded as little more than something to joke about, the DPSA is now setting its sights on next year’s National Elections.
But it’s going to take a show of hands from SA’s cannabis community to get Mr Acton on the ballot and hopefully see him all the way to a seat in parliament.
The game has changed completely in recent years, with the internet and digital media casting light into the political shadows. Revolts in Libya and Egypt, riots in England, Spain, Portugal and the USA being prime examples of the roles of social media and their effectiveness as a communication tool.
At the time of penning this article, the DPSA has over2,000 likes on Facebook, while the African Christian Democratic Party has less than 200 likes.
If this small group of cannaphobic homophobes can secure 2 seats in our parliament (which they do), surely we as the local cannabis community can secure at least 1 seat by anonymously putting an X next to the Dagga Party’s picture on next year’s ballot? Voting provides the ideal, completely anonymous, independently audited and secure means of being heard.
Having met Jeremy on a few occasions I can say this; He is committed, down to earth and on topic. Do I think he will be president of SA? Not holding my breath.
Do I think he should be heard? Definitely. It’s sometimes tough to get off the couch on a public holiday, I know. But it’s better than being dragged off the couch by cops who’ve just kicked down your door for that bit of green on your scene.
I’m not telling you who to vote for. That little X is an important and personal right. It’s one of the very few tools that we have at our disposal to guide our collective future. We may not all agree about every point of a political party’s agenda, but it is the items at the top of these agendas that will ring deepest for us.
I’m desperate for a shakeup in our obese political landscape. I’m tired of politicians celebrating their dagga busts with a Bells met ys.
I’m tired seeing scandal after scandal feed another month’s long commission that changes little; they’re million Rand band aids being stuck on billion Rand wounds. I’m tired of blue dresses, green tshirts, free KFC and poo politics.
It’s your X, make it count!
For more info please visit: www.daggaparty.co.za or like them on Facebook.
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