Post # 1
Sorry for the clickbait but I’m legit done
Nothing specific about current affairs. Not to do with the latest on Trump or Australia’s climate denying or whatever’s making headlines. This is hatred towards the fundamental nature of modern politics and how savagely depressing it is.
I used to be part of the youth conservative party in Canberra, Australia. Canberra is a left-leaning city, so even the “conservative” party was more central than right wing.
Anyway this one shithead (who I used to date until I knew better) got booted from the party from being a general racist, bigoted twat-bucket to the point that even the most right-wing didn’t want to associate with him. I’m talking a generally rubbish human who I once heard with my own ears laugh “haha f*cking r*tards” after his boss spoke at a school for special needs kids. Too right he got booted. I dumped his ass immediately and left the party altogether. Never looked back. I was 23 at the time. I cringe at that part of my youth, I really do.
He then moved to a more conservative state and yep, you know it, he’s been preselected for the next election. And he’ll likely get it, as it’s a safe seat.
It just shows how God-awful modern 21st century politics is. Half of them went straight to the party from university as an “advisor” or “electoral officer”, paving the way to be preselected for a seat. Which means they follow the party line, they don’t innovate, have no marketable social or life skills and generally spend their lives enacting policies that keep the planet in the dark ages replete with endless bureaucratic nothingness.
I’m just so absolutely angry at how apathetic I’ve needed to become to not let these things get to me on a good day. This is a bad day. I studied public policy at university and genuinely had a passion for making a difference. I felt good that the party had enough sense to reject the above racist tosser and prevent him from taking office, now in just 7 short years he’ll likely be right where he wanted all along. Face on television, kissing babies and shaking hands. Party politics is broken. What a time to be alive.
Sorry. Rant over. This isn’t meant to take a stab at either side, just the system in general. I can’t rant at work because I’ll just get too heated and honestly, I’m ashamed I used to date someone like him so I don’t talk about it much. So you all cop my wrath.
Post # 3
I’m not really familiar with Australian politics, so I didn’t completely follow. However, I can empathize as there has been a global shift in “Western” politics lately that has led to a lot of division and strained relationships. Sorry you’re feeling so discouraged.
Post # 4
I used to be fascinated by politics and current events. I was a proud news junkie and was always up on local, state and national elections. After 2016, I just stopped completely. It’s sad. I really did enjoy it but I’ve lost so much faith in humanity in general in the past few years. Plus misogyny seems to be at an all time high. Now I focus on other passions in my life (but definitely still make sure to vote).
I too grew up with people that now hold elected office. 99% of them range from a) people I would choose not to associate with all the way to b) really awful human beings… no exaggeration.
Post # 5
motogal : Right!?
Worst is we at university learnt the origins of the parties in this country (AU) and the core beliefs come from a place of necessity and dare I say…a place of good. And now it’s kind of all turned to shit.
But the Labor (left) party went from being a party to represent the proletariat, to one which is strong-armed by the powerful unions, propped up by the idea of “helping out the little guy”. Unions which have been proven, time and time again, to be as corrupt as the worst offenders of the corporate world.
And the right – the Liberals (ironic) went from representing the forgotten middle-class, the modern Aussie battler, to corporate bailouts, climate denying, and tax avoidance for the rich.
And the worst. The WORST. Is that any time there is a disaster. Any time there is some kind of upheaval. It’s never “ok let’s knuckle down and fix this”, it’s always “if only opposition party didn’t do x when they were in power, y wouldn’t have happened”. Finger pointing, childish nonsense.
WHAT HAS HAPPENED. WHY HAVE HUMANS TURNED TO GARBAGE!?
Post # 6
I don’t think you need to be to get OP’s argument, that politicans these days have no experience at all in being anything other than conscience free politicans and no vision beyond their own re-election.
I used to kind of despise people who didn’t vote or who spoiled their ballot papers saying “why bother, they are all the same ” Now I am as disilluisoned and as cynical as them, except I would never not vote.
Post # 7
elderberry : Never in my life have I cast a donkey vote, or voted without thought.
For the first time ever, I am considering drawing a giant penis on my ballot.
Not that the educated, proper girl inside me would ever let me do it. But oh, would I care so little about the outcome, that there’s a small childish part of me that just might take over my senses at the time.
Post # 8
I live in New Zealand and I can’t stand politians. Even one’s who start off with good intentions turn into lying politicians.
We’ve got career politicians in this country who have never had a real job in their life.
Also we have a system called MMP where politicians who don’t even get voted in, have too much say on government and end up running the country.
Post # 9
elderberry : Yup… that’s why I said I could empathize.
Post # 10
missviolet92 : This one dude got 19 votes at the 2016 election, and through party preferences and a resignation, ended up in the Senate in 2017. Fraser Anning. Embodiment of political rubbish. If you have a minute look him up – particularly around the Christchurch shootings…. safe to say he did not get re-elected in 2019, despite his best efforts (even starting his own party, lol)
But, I do have to say….I look up to your PM in a way I’ve never looked up to any world leader. She is fierce!
Post # 11
sbl99 : oh I remember him. Absolutely disgusting and didnt something happen with a kid egging him over his remarks?
Our Prime Minister loves to look good to the international community as she is probably eyeing up a future UN job. However she gets nothing done here & is super incompetent. Her party didnt win the last election. We have a system called MMP where a whole bunch of small parties formed a majority and got into parliament. Also here you again can be a list MP and not hold a seat / electorate so youre not voted by the people. We get two votes, a party vote and then our electorate.
Post # 12
The thing I hate most about political discourse today is the mentality that “If you believe X/vote for Y you must be stupid/a terrible person.”
I feel like we have lost basic empathy and the ability to see things from others’ perspectives. This also makes it harder to get stuff done politically.
(Of course, there are some beliefs that are legitimately deuumanizing. But most people try to lead a decent life, at least in my opinion.)
Post # 13
I live in the U.S. and sometimes I cry because I regret bringing my beautiful innocent children into this shit show.
Both sides need to do better.
Post # 14
I’ve been politically active since I was 15, not in the same party though. Both parties I’ve been a part of were minority parties and I’ve been yelled at and ridiculed in the street for it. But I refuse to back down. I refuse to give up the country to fascists and haters. Is it frustrating – yes, absolutely. I actually just cancelled my membershipin the party I was active in for more than 5 years. But that doesn’t change that I see it as my moral duty to keep going.
Post # 15
I honestly think that you should get to decide where a small portion of your tax money (say 10%) goes. As in, when you do your taxes every year, you get to say how you would like to spend that small portion (aged care, the arts, health, education). I really think if we did this, the need for politicians would reduce, we would have a more engaged population and budgets would reflect the people’s views.
But sadly, it’s just a pipe dream.