Power to the People

Australia has a federal election this Saturday, 18th May. Like elsewhere in the world, people are disillusioned with their governments and the whole political process. There is distrust in the politicians, and unfortunately, in many cases this is justified. There is also apathy and cynicism when wealthy corporations and individuals, and biased media, appear to have the power to influence the outcome of elections.

But, the only way democracy can be hijacked, is if we let it. In Australia, voting is compulsory, many other countries are envious of this aspect of our democracy. Every vote counts, even donkey votes count. We get the government we deserve. I implore all Australians to get informed about the policies on offer and vote accordingly.

Don’t be swayed by the apathy, and the cynicism, and the bullshit, that is epitomised by the often heard remark, “It doesn’t matter who you vote for, they’re all the same.”

I love election day. And below is the playlist I’ll have booming on my back deck as I wait for Antony Green on the ABC to call the result.

12 thoughts on “Power to the People

  1. This strikes a cord.

    Also love the play list. Very fitting especially the first song ;). I remember when that song came out and the circumstance that caused it to come out. Very vividly!

    Canada’s next election date is October 21, 2019.
    Yes every vote counts. Our Canadian gov’s list of scandals, seems to get longer and longer everyday.

  2. Thanks Kat. When I put this playlist together yesterday, I was amazed by how much songwriting is political and not just Silly Love Songs (Sorry P. McCartney). Though, nothing wrong with a good love song.
    Also, I am watching a Danish TV series called Borgen and the parallels with the Australian political scene are remarkable.

    • Thanks Cindy. When I read your description of where you live – “It’s best not to wander too much out here, the people (and their dogs) are kinda twitchy. To reach The Holler turn right at the reeking chicken farm, proceed down a bunch of pot-holed semi-streets/dirt roads, past the abandoned refrigerators and occupied old RV’s and then things get kinda dicey.” – I just had to follow!

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