I Trust I Can Rely On Your Vote

…electioneering season again. 

I don't know about you, but I get sick of the phoniness, the point scoring ,and the general pettiness that emerges during election seasons. I think we all look for authenticity in our leaders, and no more so do we look for it than during these times when they are putting themselves forward for re-election.

Look at Obama's inaugural campaign – he was fresh, little known, seemed to represent a compelling future full of hope…he was someone whose genuine character seemed to be the main reason that he was elected as the first African-American US president. 

On the local scene, who do you see that is genuine, charismatic or even just plain honest?

We are now under six months away from the next general election, and I genuinely cannot see any one party's politics or personalities compelling me to offer them my vote. Labour? Not sure what they actually stand for at the moment, and I'm not sure they know either. National? Hmmm…not getting too many educator's votes these days. Greens? No thanks. NZ First? Does anyone under 65 vote for them? Mana/Dotcom? No way. ACT? Dead and buried. Conservative Party? Again its that authenticity thing that I just don't feel from them. 

I know there is still a fair chunk of time to go before the election, but from a Catholic perspective I don't see anyone mirroring my values, beliefs and wishes for this country. It's unlikely that any party will, so any vote will be a trade off in some way.

What do you think?  Who's getting your vote?

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    Comments: 5

    1. bamac April 3, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Boanerges,

      For me,  so far this time it looks like a repeat of how I felt before  last election  …that it would be, not so much a case of voting for the party that I like but a case of voting against the party , the policies and ideals of which I fear the most .

      By not voting , I have been told, maybe would be helping the party I most fear or distrust   ( am not too sure whether that is true or not?)

      Mrs Mac

    2. Benedicta April 3, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Mrs Mac

      Ditto….same for me.

    3. the enthusiastic border-collie April 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      Ah, what a choice. The party duolopy has delivered us the most "socially progressive" nation on the planet.

      Re the "conservatives", why would I vote for party that denies like Peter on Holy Thursday and seems to think the Moon landings are a matter of faith. 

    4. Vat_Man April 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      It's the easiest vote for a Catholic.

      Two words – "Conscience" & "vote".

      List all the moral attributes of the party with a 'yes' and 'no' box then tick. The party with the most moral , I would say, one would then be obliged to vote for, provided the conscience is well formed in the ordinary, Catholic sense.

      If right morals are fostered in a society, then the economics will follow. When there is right morals in education, health, law, etc…society functions normally and positively.

      And, there is currently only one party in Parliament that ticks all the right boxes.

      Good luck!

       

       

       

    5. bamac April 3, 2014 at 10:41 pm

      Vat,

      You seem to have made up your mind with all your yes and no ticks … I find that I have a few question marks amongst my little boxes … any one else find that I wonder?

      Mrs Mac