Today, the world stands confused. Britain has just made their exit from the EU, but now they march the streets demanding for a revote. America looks as though they are children fighting in a playground with their politics – Donald Trump will never shy away from being a diva and Hillary Clinton is currently being investigated by the FBI. Finally, we have Australia, with voting done and dusted on Saturday, we all thought that we would have a confirmed government by now, but no, due to the election being ‘too close to call’, we have no idea if we will have a Labor or Liberal government.
With the concept of possibly an Australian hung parliament (one where neither party holds majority of the lower house seats) being the case after Saturday’s votes, we are left with a government being formed not based on our votes, but a party’s abilities to convince those who are holding seats as an independent or from the Greens party to form government with their party. Is this truly reflective of what the Australian voters want? No. Not in the slightest. It is another example of how politics is based around ‘children’ fighting for power without concern for the Australian community.
It also scares me how much these adults abuse other people who are not a part of their party. As this was my first time voting, I was completely new to the scene and didn’t understand a lot of the politic jargon that was mentioned until I sat down and spent hours researching each party and their policies. But one thing I did notice, was the abuse that they liked to convey. The advertisements on TV only showed why you shouldn’t vote for the other party in terms of abusing them, twisting their words and manipulating their policies. But how does this actually help the party that set up this ad? I sat watching these childish advertisements just begging for a party to put out an advertisement that ignored other parties and put forward what policies they have themselves. I actually got to the point of considering what we call a ‘donkey vote’ – one that does not count at all. I never thought I would be one to consider that since I wanted to make my vote count but I didn’t support any party considering they were more interested in abusing other parties instead of concentrating on their own policies and conveying why they would be the best party to form government.
And then, while Australia was trying to decide who to vote for, we had Britain vote in a referendum to determine their future in the EU. In my opinion, Britain leaving the EU was probably the worst thing they could have done for themselves, and I think people are slowly starting to realise the true effects of their decision to leave the EU. Unlike Australia, Britain allow each person to determine whether they want to vote or not in all elections and referendums. A recent report from the Independent has shown that 72% of the population of Britain voted, which means that 28% of people chose not to have a say. And now in light of the results, up to 7% of people have said they regret their decision of voting to leave the EU. People stated that they did not think that their ‘vote counted’, when every single vote made a difference. And now Britain are left in shock that they are leaving the EU. They are regretting their decision and as a result there are marches and protest in the streets because people want another referendum; they want the decision changed.
Then we have America. I have three friends who are obsessed with the American election, but personally, I hate it. I think the American election is full of poor candidates and whoever is the next president will cause America to completely fall and become a ruined country.
The two major candidates who are still running for President, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, are the prime example of how American politics are ridiculous, that’s the only way I can explain it. Firstly, Donald Trump started out as an actor on ‘The Apprentice’ and now believes he has the power and knowledge to be able to run a full country? Even his own team did not believe that Trump would come this far in the election campaign and are now regretting helping him from the beginning (as some reports state).
Then we have Hillary Clinton, the wife of former President Bill Clinton, who is currently running to become the first female president of America. But from the email scandal, is she really the best candidate to become president? On Saturday (American time), Hillary Clinton was vetted by the FBI and was questioned for three and a half hours over the scandal, and yet, people still believe that she is the best candidate to become president, despite possibly being charged with criminal charges?
In my outside looking in perspective, no candidate running to become the President of America are up to the challenge. Whoever is chosen will just lead America into the ground and it’s going to be a horrific sight.
And so, with all this political talk, it has made me realise how ridiculous the world is when it comes to such critical decisions such as the ones I have spoken about. Honestly, we allow ‘adults’ who act worse than my 7 year old cousin to be in charge of our countries.
What do you think about all the political jargon that is going on at the moment?