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Elections and all that

We have local elections coming up, and there are posters everywhere along the streets. Looking at them, it seems the parties think this is meant to be a contest in tackiness.  I mean, do they really think people will believe they are suddenly all caring and kind?  Maybe it’s just me, but all this election campaign stuff just makes me more and more cynical towards politics and politicians.

Which kind of makes me mad because I don’t want to be cynical.  Living in a democracy and being able to vote is such a privilege, and it’s sad when that is spoiled.

So here’s my idea: why not abandon all the posters etc.   Just give me a leaflet letting me know what you actually stand for, and be done with it.  I can do the rest!  It’s not going to happen, but it’s a nice dream.  [Incidentally, since writing this and before pressing publish, I came across this website Wahl-O-Mat which helps you compare what the different parties have to say on various issues.  Definitely a step in the right direction and so much better than posters!  I also realised that watching mainly BBC news has not really prepared me well for making decisions on Berlin issues…]

Sadly, there are also posters that are not just annoying but downright offensive.  Boy, freedom of speech is definitely a good thing but how sad is it that some people are so full of hatred and fear!

On a lighter note, here’s a poster I actually find amusing:

And no, I still have no idea who I will actually be voting for.  But vote I will!

Here are some words from Isaiah 32 I happened to be reading this morning

Some day there will be a king who rules with integrity, and national leaders who govern with justice.  Each of them will be like a shelter from the wind and a place to hide from storms. They will be like streams flowing in a desert, like the shadow of a giant rock in a barren land.  Their eyes and ears will be open to the needs of the people.  They will not be impatient any longer, but they will act with understanding and will say what they mean.  No one will think that a fool is honorable or say that a scoundrel is honest.

If only this was true of any of the candidates…

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