I often said in my comments I’m glad I don’t have to vote. Of course I was always talking about the election in the USA. But suddenly I realized, that me too, I have to vote. And I have to do it this Saturday.
I’m an Australian citizen now and in Australia voting is compulsory. My dilemma is, that I have no clue which party I should vote for and who I want as our future Prime Minister. Not that it truly matters because if Australia is not happy with the Prime Minister, Australia just decides to swap the Prime Minister. Almost like underpants… But more about it here...
As I said, I’m truly undecided who to vote for. Therefor I thought it would be a good idea to use a link which should help you figure out which one of the parties suits your values the most (thanks to my husband for providing me with this link).
I started this little quiz, answering all kind of questions. Questions about health care, education, environment, immigration and also about same sex marriage. Yep… same sex marriage. The question was down the line if you believe that the government should support same sex marriage.
This single question really hit me. I mean, seriously? Should that even be a question at all? Did we not evolve enough to understand that love is love and that people should have the right to love who they love? No matter of their gender, race or religion?
The quiz gave me a direction but I can’t shake the thought that if I really choose to vote for this party I might not vote for the party that actually supports same sex marriage. They might, in the end, not even truly support my thoughts in regards to environment, health care and education.
The frustrating thing is, that you can actually never be sure about what you get when you vote. Not only is it totally non-transparent but of course all those promises made are most likely empty promises. Just to win votes.
And then? What will actually be truly done? And even if the party you voted for, which will then put our Prime Minister in charge, will win, you can never be sure for how long they will be in charge. Because if a couple of months from now their actions don’t satisfy, there will be a little shake on the chair game played and suddenly we end up with a new Prime Minister. Sometimes I truly wonder why bother at all? But hey, we live in a democracy and I believe that if you have the right to vote you also should. Maybe it is good for something after all…
Back to same sex marriage or better the right to be equal, or having equal rights: It’s been more or less a year since the US Supreme Court has legalized same sex marriage. In a way the world should celebrate that a decision towards love has been made. Unfortunately we have not truly arrived just yet, as Orlando proved once again. Unfortunately often it’s not about love. It’s about control. It’s about containing what’s out of the norm that is widely accepted as the way it should be. You can read more about my thoughts about same sex marriage here.
I hope that by going this survey in order for me to get an idea who to vote for my decision to want someone there who supports same sex marriage, who looks after the environment, who puts health care and education first is somewhere noted. I hope that it will be made aware at one point or the other, what people want. I hope that the world will vote for more kindness, more love, more peace.
My hopes are, that one day we will no longer have to decide on things like same sex marriage. That one day it’s just normal that you can love who you love. My hopes are, that one day we don’t have to vote for someone to protect our environment, but that it will be clear that we have to look after it. Every single one of us. My hopes are that education and health care will one day be just a normal thing, for everyone at any time. My hopes are that one day it will be more important to find peace rather than conquer, that happiness, kindness and love will be more important than money and power.
Maybe we will get there one day. But most likely this will remain a dream. A dream of someone, who truly hopes to make the right decision and put the right people in charge of the country she lives in and loves so much…