…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?