… what's the point.
Every fourth year we get to elect our Norwegian parliament. Or rather: we get to elect the political parties that elect who will be members of our parliament and who will govern our country. Should think we had better things to do, but here we go again.
This year the election will take place on 11th of September, and the political parties have, as usual, been campaigning by promoting themselves and talking down each other, for months already. Should think they had better things to do too.
As the “clover” image in the headline above indicates: I have my mind made up well ahead of election, and intend to cast a vote for the Centre Party when the day comes. Not much chance that I'll change my mind.
The reason is simple, as the Centre Party is the only larger party in Norway that, both historically and at present, stands for something of real value to all Norwegians – a rare phenomenon in Norwegian politics.
We have a large number of political parties here in Norway, but when we narrow it down by looking at what the various parties stand for, there aren't that many political directions to choose between. And, once they have worked out coalitions after an election and a government is formed, there usually isn't much left of what we elected any of them for anyway.
Last minute campaign utterings from various parties carry little to no value to me, as they tend to drown in the roar of historical facts, failures and lies from the same people and parties.
Based on experience we should long since have ditched the entire political system, but I'm not sure if a high enough number of rational people can gather around a better alternative in time to avoid total disaster. Thus, we may have to live a while longer with a system that really isn't working for us, simply to avoid something even worse.
why do I vote?
Well, as long as I can find at least one somewhat palatable and capable alternative on the political menu for today, I can not come up with a good enough reason not to cast my vote. It really is that simple, to me, and I neither can, nor will, speak for others on the matter.
So, unless I catch a cold or something, I'll be there on election day this year too. Only time will tell if it all was a total waste of time, or not quite as bad as one could expect.
(15.sep.2017) Election over, and it wasn't a total waste of time even if the overall result could have been a lot better.
25.aug.2017 - added 'worst-form-of-government' link
15.sep.2017 - added updates after election, above and in sidenotes. last rev: 15.sep.2017