No suitable candidate ?
Of late, the media has given extensive airtime to youngsters venting out their “there is no suitable candidate” views.
Here is our advice to these youngsters.
Here is the question you are asked to answer.
The better of the two is still not going to be perfect. The next time around, the choices offered will be probably better. Do not walk away from making a choice. You will remain with defective vision and the choices will be poorer next time.
Remember that there is no default choice in the absence of a perfect choice.
Do not get carried away with American and other western blogs bemoaning the ‘lesser of the two evils’ nature of their elections. Iterating the lesser of two evils is the foundation of their democracies. It got them to this point where they can dare question its continued usefulness. It is easy for them because the basics such as equality, justice, and the relevance of public services have been iterated upon. Obama or McCain, they will still drink water out of a kitchen tap.
We need a few iterations to get anywhere near that point.
We need to start from scratch.
Vote on issues that impact you visibly, not which have mere emotive appeal.
Factor in your own assessment of the trustworthiness and evenhandedness of the media while evaluating the emotive issues they brought to your notice.