I’m probably late to write a post on this but anyway doesn’t matter. Ladies and gentlemen, the election hype is all over and once again we get stuck with useless leaders on our government ranks eating their bellies up from the state treasury. This voting season was so overrated with the thought being propagated that we have to vote to change our lives. And what I found even more stupid were the people flying in from all around the world to come and cast their votes! They would be gone the next day and wont have to deal with the consequences of their votes!
I must admit that at one point I was convinced by this thought to go and let my voice be heard through voting even if my mind told me that all the candidates were utterly useless. But then, after many opinions (not from those lame 9 pm TV talk shows) and many ideas, I realized that even if I gave my vote to a pretty good candidate, and even if he is allowed to come and lead the government (Like that’s ever going to happen!), is it possible that hes going to purify the system and remove all sorts of injustices from it? What I mean to say is ‘Your votes might change the government, but who will change the system?’
Take an example, candidate A is an honest person and comes and jumps into muddy pond, the only thing that will then be required to be changed would be his own dirty clothing, because as it is obvious he can never cleanse an entire pond no matter how much cleaning detergents he takes with himself.
Enough about good and bad candidates, I am no politics expert, Heck I don’t even follow politics much (And by follow, I don’t mean keeping track of Kamran Khan’s irritating show! ), but even a simple person like me can bet on this that the system needs to change and not the governments! Democracy, I believe is a flawed system for many reasons, some of which I will highlight below:
1. ‘By the people, for the people, of the people‘ is synonymous to ‘Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side‘. And believe me this doesn’t happen sometimes, infact it happens all the time especially if you live in Pakistan. (Then again, the votes are never valid, so anyway)
2. Who brings up the popular candidates in the eyes of the people? Yes you guessed this one right, its the media which is financed and supported by the Corporate or by some political parties for their gains. Believe me, the media can make you look like the wisest person in the world one min and an idiot the next! No media is free, every media is biased in one way or the other and saddeningly, the media in Pakistan is biased for all the wrong reasons. Media plays with the minds of the people so if they endorse some candidate, would this really be fair to other candidates? I think NOT!
3. I have 5 candidates standing up for an election and all 5 of them are major IDIOTS, so should I satisfice myself and select the best of the worst or should I pump my mind and realize that its a joke being played on me by someone higher than the authorities?
4. Lets vote and select any of the candidate, and if he does something wrong, blame it on the people who got him up there and ask them to vote for someone else next time so that the cycle can be repeated again. Clever, eh?
Democracy may not be a flawed system, but the way in which it is being used is flawed. Recently, we saw the terrible rigging of votes in my country, I cannot help wondering that were the people expecting justice from a system of injustice? There is another point which we should consider that to expect honest leaders for a pack of dishonest beasts is far off cry, unless the entire nation (or at least most of it) becomes honest and pure, we cannot expect honesty at the top.
So this is me crying out loud that I will not vote (and I know one vote doesn’t make a difference because it will get casted off to Altaf bhai anyway) even if I get a chance to vote because I don’t believe in a system where killers are welcomed as friends and where hate-mongers will come on TV like they are innocent little pussy cats.