“It’s your fault Tony Abbott got into power. You didn’t vote Labor!”
I’ve had this levelled at me a few times recently. I didn’t vote for Tony Abbott and his über-conservative party of troglodytes. I didn’t vote for Australian jobs to be lost, or climate change policies to be cut, or for even harsher treatment of asylum seekers.
Paraphrasing, a fictional character in David Gerrold’s “War Against the Chtorr” says:
As soon as you divide into them and us, you become one of them.
I’m often amused by genuine two-party hacks who believe the only alternative to Liberal is Labor, or vice versa.
The problem of course is this attitude leads to blind faith, and blind faith begets untempered narcissism; it begets contempt to the followers, and ultimately, it begets corruption.
Both Liberal and Labor in Australia are content that a certain element of the population will always vote for them. It’s the remaining percentage of the population that must be swayed in each election, and so policies are argued or positioned for the undecided voters, and even more so then for the swing voters.
Inevitably what happens when one party loses is that the adherents to that party, the true believers if you will, accuse everyone else of the defeat. They lied, or they cheated or they had more funds. Then finally, they were passively aided by traitors to the cause.
And there’s the rub of it.
True believers are political fanbois. They’re rigid adherents to a particular political system who make the system worse by encouraging parties to believe they have a core set of voters who will never sway, and therefore never need to be appeased. So entrenched policies designed to appeal to swing voters (the only voters who matter) erode at the core values of a party. The Liberals have become the Conservatives, and Labor has equally lost its way.
True believers are the sycophants who will as much as possible seek to blame everyone else for their party not being elected, without realising that entrenched moral turpitude is more than sufficient a reason to vote against a party, or even by proxy, two parties – both the major ones.
Sure, I voted Green in the last Federal election. I sure as hell wasn’t going to vote Liberal, but Labor too had lost my respect, and lost my vote. Saying you’ll vote for Fred just to stop Bob from getting into power, regardless of what Fred is like doesn’t ennoble Fred, it merely says you lack the capacity to think beyond immediate gratification.
Politics: it’s not black and white, it’s a rainbow of options, with a staggering variety between them and us.