I grew up on the right side, politically speaking that is. My Dad was always the most vocal in our family, and my thinking would sync with his, cause I thought it was a well-known fact that ‘Dad is always right’. I am also privileged to come from a family who are financially better off than your average ‘Ma and Pa’. So the right side heavily influenced my thoughts about money and financial protection. I thought if you’re stupid enough to not work hard, or save hard, then it was your own damn fault for being poor.
The last New Zealand election, I voted National, the centre-right, and now dominant party in NZ Government.
I am sorry New Zealand that I did.
I have learnt, through watching some outrageous sufferings, that my family is in a tremendously lucky position (though my parents do deserve all the credit in the world for their hard work), and vast majorities of people worldwide are simply not afforded such opportunities.
I vow to vote with my own conscience now. No longer will I support –
Needless environmental destruction.
Needless child hunger.
Needless financial inequality.
Needless economic failures.
Needless Governmental restrictions.
Needless inequality amongst fellow beings.
No longer will I look at the colour of the flag, the smiles of the rats, the polished promise of change. I have seen flags burn, rats bite, and promises left in ruins.
I am angry at politics, but not angry enough to leave it up to others. Every vote counts, every voice counts. I have one year before the next elections to study up, before I will allow my voice heard again.
Next time, it will roar.