Vote for Change-The response of a non voter
I am a non voter and having read Bill's newsletter I have something to say. I was born during Apartheid and the first democratic elections took place when I was 10. That makes me all of 26 years old and I have never voted.
I do not adopt my attitude because I hate politics. On the contrary I am quite the heated debating kind. That said, I find it hard to conclude that every person who does not vote finds it easier to blame the world than take responsibility for their lives. I exercise my right not to vote simply because none of the parties in this country have shown consistency in their campaigns. If you look closely at what is happening, it is a bunch of politicians playing "who wants to be a people pleaser". The trend is to say what people want to hear so that those who are blinded by loyalty or fear simply vote.
My belief is that honest politics work and broken promises don't. The anger that has surfaced lately is simply because a goverment was meant to deliver and they have not. It's like a friend promising to do something and then breaking the promise without so much as an explanation. This is a blatant abuse of power.
My approach to life is simple. I know I am responsible for what happens in my life. I take full responsibility for my actions and therefore I have the ability to get up and do something about it. I choose NOT to participate in anything that is not solution focussed. In all the time the politicians spend shouting "mine is bigger than yours", I have yet to see an authentic concern or logical approach to the issues in this country. I mean how appalling is it that someone in government needs to be told that they can't build an unenclosed toilet because it violates human rights. Excuse my French, but, no shit hey!? So while government and opposition choose to fight, debate, blow vuvuzelas in parliament and waste money on reports and more reports that state the obvious, I choose to get to the point and do something about it as a responsible individual who has the capacity to.
I will not sit back and wait for politicians to come through. Half of them have even forgotten what their parties stand for.
Every day I commit to doing one thing for one person, one charity or one cause and I know that there are tons of other people out there who have realised this and who are giving governments, not only here, but all over the world, some healthy and stiff competition.
So long as people commit to helping one another and standing together all things are possible. At the end, if you feed a starving person, he will remember you, not the political candidate who said the reason he doesn't have bread is because studies show blah, blah, blah etc. You will have his vote.
Yours in patriotism,