Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Golput

I have been reading about people who are not going to vote in the up coming Indonesian presidential election, they are going to be 'Golput'.

They are effing idiots!

I kinda understand how rotten to the core Indonesian politicians are. Indonesia is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, even ignoring that, Indonesian politicians tend to be some of the biggest dicks in the world.

I would also want to have very little to do with any Indonesian politician, let alone vote for one.

Consider the recent Iranian presidential elections however. Each of the candidates were hand picked by the supreme leader, Ali Khameni. From all accounts Ali Khameni is a pretty conservative, hard line bloke (Ahmadinejad is his right hand guy).

Each of the candidates he chose follow his general policies; they only differ in shades of shadiness.

Yet, the more reform minded, liberal leaning people have sided with Mousavi and swept him to power (unfortunately a coup has stopped him from actually taking power). I doubt Mousavi is a reformist himself (he has enough blood on his hands while he was president back in the 80s).

It seems now though, that the people have given him his manifesto, rather than the other way around. It also sends out a message to other people in power what they need to do to appeal to the Iranian people.

Indonesian politicians might be greedy, but they are not dumb, you have to send them message they will understand at the ballot box. You have to make them compete for this and future votes.

If each presidential candidate is corrupt vote for the least corrupt; if each is a war criminal (I still think there's more to SBY btw!) vote for the one that has ordered fewer rapes, mass murders and torture sessions; if each is a selfish megalomaniac vote for the least selfish megalomaniac.

Voting is one of the few ways you have to change things for the better in your country.

Golputs want things to stay the same or are fucking idiots. Don't be an eejit.

11 comments:

triesti said...

the lesser evil it is...

delvi said...

yes second that, vote for the lesser devil

Lita said...

I think, I'm one of those what you called...effing idiots....
But I stick to choose not to choose

johnorford said...

That's too bad Lita

johnorford said...

yes, implicitly u are choosing the status quo.

A Feminist Blog said...

I know I had better not be one of those 'golputs' John. But as one problem relating to my changing dwelling place, I am not listed in those who vote this year. :)

johnorford said...

nana: doh!

triesti said...

how about trying to use your ID, nana? some places would allow u, methinks... i met some lurah with such policy last April..

A Feminist Blog said...

Well pak RT in my neighborhood said it was too late for me.

Rahma said...

I'm golput too John.. haha...
I think Im not an idiot.. just I think Im stupid when I vote but I dunno who they really are... I dont care and dont really give a damn with their bullshitness cuz I have no time give a damn... I'm kinda busy and stressful with my own business ... notthing to lose if I dont vote.. hehehe...

johnorford said...

that's too bad rahma!