reply to post by Pilgrum
You are correct, and I am aware that we don't vote for the leader. My point is that we SHOULD be voting for the leader if we really are a Democracy.
And its those very leaders that tell us we live in a Democracy. A political party is just a registered name, but its the people in those parties that
bring those parties into existence. Much as a company is just a registered name but once the employees of that company perform their duties, then that
company comes into existence.
And when different candidates for the same party can have different individual policies, then its makes no sense at all to be voting for a party. Its
the individual, and their policies that should be voted on. It is our current system that needs to change, especially if our politicians want to keep
telling us that we are a democracy. Yes, we may be more "democratic" than some other countries, but that doesn't mean that we are a democracy.
But what do we have here..........................we force people to pick one of two parties. Yes, you can vote for another party other than those
two, but we have a 2 party preferred system which basically means your non vote for Labour or Liberal will eventually find its way back to either
Labour or Liberal. Just ask the people that voted for One Nation, only to find out their vote went to Liberal. But if you voted for One Nation, then
its a safe bet to say you didn't want Liberal in power. But due to little Johnny Howards last minute deal on the night before the election, 99% of
One Nation voters went to the polling booths not knowing their vote would be going to Liberal.
My whole point is, the people of Australia should be voting for the Prime Minister, not the party they claim to represent. If our so-called democratic
system doesn't allow this, then we are clearly not as democratic as we like to convince ourselves of, and our system clearly needs to change. While
we continue to operate under this system, people like Gillard can always do what they did, and how they did it. But by giving the power to the voting
public [which is what any true democracy preaches], it is the person elected by the majority that will be the Prime Minister. If they choose to stand
down, then we vote in another Prime Minister.
And from personal experience, the people who seem to miss the whole point are the people who class themselves as life long Liberal or Labour
supporters. Your vote should be based on policy, not bias mentalities. It is not a sporting game, and these are not sporting teams. they are political
parties which are supposed to be acting in the best interests of the majority. If you go by policy, rather than political party, then you'll find the
party you vote for will almost certainly change over time. And aligning yourself as a life long voter achieves nothing other than showing how
ignorant, stupid, and dumbed down so many voters are. No wonder the politicians get away with this most undemocratic system we have today !
We support America like a lap dog in their quest to force their version of democracy onto the world. Yet it appears it is us who seem to have the most
confusion as to what a democracy is supposed to be. But then again we can refuse to vote and not take part................oh, hang on, we get fined
for exercising that practice !
Yep, democracy at its finest !