Election Checklist

Posted: March 27, 2011 in Election, politics

So how do people go about deciding for whom they are going to vote?

I think that a lot of people have a die-hard dedication to a particular political party and vote accordingly.  These people have minimal interest in political debate or rhetoric and don’t really consider issues beyond the platitudes and neat sound bytes that are provided by the people they support.  I’m not even sure that a lot of people understand and consider the political ideology of the party they are supporting and the implications of left wing and right wing politics.

Choosing the recipient of your vote should be a very serious matter.  The act of voting is an important part of democracy, but more importantly, not thinking when you vote renders the other parts of democracy impotent.  What’s the point of media scrutiny, debates and research if it is ignored by everyone except the converted?

When casting a vote, I believe that the following things should be seriously considered:

1.  What is your political ideology?  On the right wing to left wing spectrum, where do you fit?

2.  Does the particular candidate that you are voting for and the team behind him/her have the skill to conduct government?

3.  Has the particular candidate that you are voting for the the team behind him/her demonstrated good leadership and integrity, to be worthy of representing you in a government?

These are the three inescapable questions.  They interact, in that the team that represents your political ideology may not be the team that demonstrates integrity or leadership.  In that case one has to consider priorities or consider what kinds of changes you might be able to make in order to bring the team in line with your beliefs.  That is the nature of democracy, -active participation.  So many people say that their vote doesn’t make a difference, or that they can’t really do anything.  Is this just complacency?  When one notices that the system is broken, one can sit back and hope someone else will fix it, or one can get involved and try to effect positive change.


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