A Beacon of Hope

Tena kotu katoa,

The times are calling to us: to the youth, the workers, the home makers, the investors, the politicians and the elderly alike, to vote in Saturday’s General Election; to exercise our freedom to move beyond selfish greed and demand a new deal; to demand that our island nation move on from the frontier tunnel-vision which treats our land and seas as a quarry for short term gains, while throwing away tax payer money to prop up and expand the increasingly redundant oil-based economy.

The times call for us all to heed the call of hundreds of thousands of fellow citizens, and millions across the world, for urgent investment in a job rich clean energy society.

The basic needs of all could be met by reinvigorating the principles of democracy, by everyone working together towards a nation that everyone can believe in: a nation that looks to the interests of its children and youth in the 21st Century; an nation that makes provisions for its ageing citizens; and a nation that retains control of its strategic assets such as its hydro dams, water reserves, and
banking system.

The times call for sea-change reforms in national economic policies, to stop subsidising the redundant frontier economy, the dinosaur motorway developments and short sighted energy projects.

The times call for all New Zealander’s to demand for community and local economic development as the home making backbone to build a nation resilient to the decline of cheap oil and its cycle of dependence the global economy and militarism.

This election will determine how well prepared and governed we will be as we face the challenges of the 21st. A new imperative for local and community economic development could engage our youth in a common enterprise like no other in the history of our Pacific island nation.

We must commit ourselves to building upon our nation’s proud heritage to forge a positive and innovative society, a decent regional neighbour and a beckon of hope in the 21st Century.

Alastair McKee, Wellington (23/11/11)
[with editing and additions by Robert von Garrett and the OW comms team, Wellington (24/11/11)]

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One thought on “A Beacon of Hope

  1. jwehi says:

    Hey there, I actually chose not to vote as a protest about the political system that is in place. I have been called many names as a result and even branded by the media as a irresponsible member of society. Let me explain that this was my protest. I am not uneducated, I am not stupid, I am at times irresponsible (aren’t we all) but my reasons to CHOOSE not to vote which I am entitled to is because giving a vote to a system that encourages poverty, sickness and greed is just not right. When the election results came in only 65% of the eligible voters voted. I ask you this question, does 65% really give these politicians a mandate to govern. What happens if we get that down to 50, 45, or even 30% of eligible voters! A government is only able to govern when it’s people give it a mandate to do so and support it’s elections. A drastic measure for sure and one that many disagree with but consider it, no matter who you vote for the intentions they have are honourable however the econmics, the corporates who control us as a society will not allow them to implement the things that really matter. What kind of government bows down to tihs kind of pressure? A weak government that doesn’t have the real needs of it’s people in mind. The government makes the rules and the laws that are meant to allow us to live in harmony and peace and yet they DO NOT DO THIS!! They make a law against drink driving that kills maybe 400 people, do they make a law that says making people fat or feeding them tobacco that kills them or not providing medicines that will save lives unless an unholy amount of money is paid to a corporation to do so when they are ready – NO THEY DO NOT!! So again why should I use my vote to encourage this further, hel I may as well have given my vote to the Tin Shed on a Boat Party, but that would have been a waste. I have protested in the strongest way I can, by using my vote how I think is appropriate. All around the world we tell nations vote for a system we know has the best intentions and by all accounts is corrupt, that surely is wrong. We are leading these people down a path of lies and towards most likely worse poverty than they have ever endured. Added to that the western world will never allow them to become an equal, that’s just not the way our governments work. Now I know some of you will put me down and say I have it all wrong. I’ll say to you now before you comment, how are you protesting, have I put you down, have I called you stupid, I called you uneducated. No I haven’t, because everyone is entitled to their own way……

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