TO VOTE, OR NOT TO VOTE?

06/06/2021

People, Party and Policy. What do we vote for? Is it the personality of a politician, the ideology of a political party or a policy that we consider beneficial for social development?

It is abundantly clear that some form of government (control) is necessary during periods of unease/disease like the one we have experienced during the covid19 pandemic. It is equally important and necessary that that government should be completely trustworthy and transparent. The best way (maybe the only way) to establish and maintain trust in government is for the people to be self governing. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matt 5:5

When we vote for another person to hold a position of governance over ourselves are we not effectively relinquishing our own small grip on power? By voting someone else (other than ourselves) into government we are effectively elevating that person over ourselves. What we may not realise is that, we lose our own personal power when we elevate and give power to another person. Whatever power we might have as a free and unique individual person is lost (at worse), compromised (at best) when another person is voted into a position of political power over oneself. No man or woman is without flaws and everyone else in this world is as liable as you to make mistakes! Why vote for that person?

Equal at birth, equal at death! Why choose to neglect or reject that equality during life?

Voting for a political party or ideology is no better than voting for a person! If you vote on the basis of an ideology/political persuasion then you cannot avoid voting for the people that promote and dispense that ideology. Nevertheless voting for a political party rather than an individual politician might be considered preferable and more noble (although in both instances you are giving up personal power). The trouble with voting for any particular party is that you are agreeing with and giving consent to ‘all’ of that party’s policy decisions. Unless you agree with every policy of one particular party how can you vote for that party? Likewise, no ideological party can develop policies to please and suit all areas of society. Socialist ideas will never reach into conservative minds. However hard a party might try to stand (or be seen to stand) at the centre of party politics, they cannot escape their own ideological foundation. Why vote for a party?

Ideological thinking is closed minded, restrictive and divisive.

Voting for individual policies may be the way forward! If you agree with a policy (or principle) then clearly it would be worthwhile voting for. It is also clear that it doesn’t matter where or from whom the policy comes, be it from the left, centre or right. On top of this and given the available technology, we can envision a time/opportunity when the common people don’t just vote on the ideas of politicians, but put forward policy ideas of their own. This is what is meant by the term ‘self governing’ - when the people come together as one and agree on a policy/principle to guide the development of society. Cutting out the need for politicians and political parties through self governance. Self governance removes the barriers of power that currently divide and separate the people from government. Having the ability to vote for policies rather than people or parties could be the starting point for self governing individuals and therefore society at large. Why not vote for policies?

Better to be governed by an overarching principle than by a flawed individual or divisive ideology.