Voting the candidate, not the politics
It’s election time here in NZ, and the politics are flying. There are signs everywhere, televised debates, and hopeful candidates knocking door to door.
The Labour Party is running an impressive looking campaign. The National Party is slinging mud. The smaller parties are there but relatively quiet over past years.
And I have no idea who to vote for.
If I could pick by candidate, I would. I know which of the party leaders I would vote for, based on how they react with people, how accessible they are, and how they present themselves in the media. I know which local candidates I would vote for, based on their actions, their accessibility, their ability to listen actively and hear what people have to say.
Unfortunately, none of those local candidates are in my constituency. (Maybe I should move just for the election?)
And picking the party leader I like means I might get stuck with the politics I don’t agree with.
So then, do I pick by politics? But then none of the options suit me best. Each one of them leaves a key part or four out.
What I’d really like to do is mash all the politics together. Pick this bit from that party, that bit from another party, and more from here there and everywhere.
None of the politics suit, and none of my local candidates suit.
Are you sure I can’t just vote for the candidates I like in other ridings?
It’s a bit like Playcentre leadership, in a way. We shoulder-tap those people who we think will be good leaders, based on their skills and knowledge, and not on their politics. At Playcentre, I’ve purposely shoulder-tapped people for leadership roles, knowing that their methods and ideas don’t necessarily agree with mine, but confident that with their leadership we will head in the right direction regardless.
I want to do that. Elect candidates based on their actions and abilities, and not based on a political platform that may or may not be the candidates own beliefs. Vote the candidate, not the politics.
Heh. I wish.