i hate politics

posted 1 week ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Newbee

Same girl, same. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

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
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Busy bee

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 # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper

baileybagels :  

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 # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

elderberry :  Yup… that’s why I said I could empathize.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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
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Helper bee

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
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Helper bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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. 

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