The fact that the EFF and ANC can collectively garner 70% of the electorate between them given its policies and track record of the last 5 years, is a sad indictment of a national mental decline.
So far not so good
To add insult to injury the incumbent government, with a dubious president of questionable integrity, seem to treat the masses as herds of sheep, turning a deaf ear to all their growing disapproval of said president and staff. Logic would suggest that the incumbent party would therefore replace the affliction, even if just to appease the masses.
When this replacement did not happen, it was believed that incumbency had grievously erred, that said masses would rise to the occasion and insist on being accounted for come election time. The arrogance and self-interest of the incumbency was laid bare.
Sadly, this does not seem to be the case. The previous stated analogy using sheep seems to be warranted.
One can only hope that the tendency to vote purely on racial lines and on past glories will, in future, concede to a more logical, self preserving voting electorate. One that will cast away all ideas of a racial divide and vote utilizing said logic and notions of a collective self-interest.
I would go as far to say that, if you base your vote towards a party on anything other than said party's track record / and or constructive policies, you are unworthy of living in a democracy.
Which leads me to another question and one that will surely arouse heated debate among those with the cognitive ability to process such profound questions. "Is it better to live in a democracy where the ignorant run rampant and yield considerable political power, or live in a society with an informed authoritarian, yet flexible, rule?" If you compare our democracy of the last 10 years to that of say, authoritarian China (which has done well), the question becomes not so arbitrary.
If you find the answer to this to be simple, you are a much wiser man than I.
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Your 2014 Election Summary
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