Who Am I Voting For in 2012?

Vote For Nobody Graffiti

Someone asked me the above question and I told them ‘Nobody’.

They laughed.

I didn’t.

I don’t expect much of the government. I expect even less from the president as an individual. As far as I’m concerned, the majority of politicians seeking office aren’t competent enough to operate a smartphone, so why trust them with a country in the 22nd century?

My expectations stop at the definitions of their existences. They are supposed to represent us the people and, in turn, effectively govern the nation so we don’t need 40 million people to hit the polls every time we need a decision to be made. We pay them to representatively manage and make decisions on country matters for us. It seems quite simple.

However, they have proven incapable of this, and so I don’t bother with them. All of them. For as long as it is a bunch of familiar names on the ballot, my pinky shall not be dipped in indelible ink. You may think that this is because I have a problem with the individuals in question. Alas, ’tis not.

My problem is not with the dynasties of abundantly wealthy individuals that own hundreds of thousands of acres of land. It is not with the MP/PMs who parade and pimp the slums in their constituencies to foreign donors to reinvest in poorism. My qualm is not with the 300 people who earn 10-100 times our salary but still have the nerve to only donate 8 million shillings collectively for famine efforts after refusing to pay taxes. It’s not with the power-hungry, money-greedy, power-drunk criminals who will massacre and violate masses of Kenyans and still smile and remind us we are one country while throwing up peace signs.

No. My problem is with the people that continue to put them in power time and time again.

the illusion of choice

I was looking at the polls the other day and noticed quite a few names from the Ocampo list and couldn’t help but feel abject despair for this country. Have we learned nothing? The people we accuse for last election’s violence are the one’s leading the polls in next year’s elections? And the people who would otherwise be front-runners on my list – the Martha Karua’s – all have a Mike Sonko in their parties or on their tickets, or a graveyard in their closet. One is almost tempted to look up Joseph Hellon and his Placenta Party to see what they are really about because they seem less culpable than a Ruto or Raila.

Recently, I compared Kenyan politicians to cellphone companies without explaining why. You see, the problem with them is that they are ALL faulty, deceitful, incompetent and ultimately have a finger in your pocket and a fist up your ass at all times. But you always have to choose one. And for as long as you have chosen one, you essentially have no right to complain; it was, after all, your informed choice. The only difference is, when Safaricom get stupid, you can switch to Airtel for 50/=.

Governments aren’t that cheap. Also, it’s a decision we have to die by for 5 years. So excuse me as I take my time to unequivocally REFUSE all the current candidates. A lesser evil is still evil; and when it’s in a parliament full of that greater evil, it’s even worse. But it’s at its absolute worst when fueled by an entire people who aren’t working towards change, only hoping for it.

Alas, what is one to do but hope? I doubt any old politician will turn a new leaf. I doubt even more that a new breakout star will rise and be embraced.

I’d vote for nobody because right now, I see no change ahead. Just more of the same.

You’re welcome to try prove me wrong.

16 thoughts on “Who Am I Voting For in 2012?

  1. “Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from [our] parents and families, [our] homes, [our] schools, [our] churches, [our] businesses and [our] universities, and they are elected by [our] citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant [people]. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There’s a nice campaign slogan for somebody: ‘The Public Sucks. Fuck Hope.'”
    – George Carlin

    • First, YEAH! A George Carlin fan! (For someone so smart, funny and insightful his has too few fans)
      To the point, when Old Honest Abe said “Democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the people” it wasn’t just some empty philosophy. It’s a near literal idea of what a democracy should be. Politicians have a simple motive, to get elected (And reap the benefits that come with it). We, the people, elect them. If we were to only elect people who stood for us and refuse to re-elect those who damaged this country we’d see a good deal of change. Because even the most selfish greedy bastard will make an effort to develop this country if his job depends on it. We should appeal to their self interest not some utopian idea of moral politicians.
      It’s one thing to complain “oh no, these people we elected are ruining our country” another entirely to go “oh no, these people we elected again are ruining our country again.”
      There’s a point it starts becoming your fault.

  2. I’m in a nobody state of mind too, have been for a while now. I might vote for Martha, but I don’t think she has enough support to go very far. Besides, I lost my ID 37 days ago and the way things are going, I might not have a replacement in time. C’est la vie.

  3. I have hope that people have changed and want better. Only time will tell if we can implement these wants…ask for more, demand more, vote for better people.
    They only gave 8m towards the drought relief n still havnt paid taxes…..sigh. Can someone with change to spare put up ads listing all the crimes these guys have committed against the nation and make it spread like the “the world is ending May 21st vibe”. Maybe if we drive past billboards reminding us everyday for the next year or so what these guys have done will we become angry enough to see past them.

  4. One thing is for sure…. “a people gets the leaders they deserve…” We are suffering our choices. If we can be asked…..we wouldn’t pay taxes, would steal make illegal Kenya Power connections[despite them selling more darkness than light] and would rather you part with a 500 to that traffic officer than get a ticket to attend court….. in other words…….. the system has completely failed….and those who know how to use the system well…….are the leaders…! Maybe we need the Recall Bill worked on soonest possible….!

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  6. The reason why we are stuck and all your comments suck is because you do not have any belief in yourselves to stand up to it and let us know that it is you talking. Anonymity, and hiding behind combinations of letters none can comprehend while you want the country to take you seriously as another genuine, sincere and concerned citizen paying his taxes and blaming those who misuse it and those who chose to elect such waste holes ain’t signalling any change.

    So zip it if you got no guts! Hon R. Tuju who is partially referenced here really does require the views for Kenya from Kenyans but I guess he meter better of with concerns and ideas not from the cartoonist monster masked faces.

    Who are you?

    • You’re saying we – as a nation – are stuck because I do not have a belief in myself to stand up and say I’m the one talking? Oh hush. I’ve voiced this opinion in the face of the candidates we all reference and only one had a retort.

      As for beliefs…I have a belief. A strong one. In the people. I believe that until our people can rise up and actually take this country by the cuffs, our leaders will be representative of the change we demand. A blog with 1000 daily reads is far from the problem Sny. I believe we need to consciously work at it DAILY.
      I’m on the ground daily working towards a change. And each election, I put my all in. Heck, I started monitoring elections as a volunteer in 2002 so the question is who are you to judge me? I stare at people like you pointing fingers at people like me and wonder if we’ve been witnessing the same atrocities and why you think I shouldn’t be frustrated.

      Choice and lack thereof is a right I’m entitled to reserve. This is me reserving it. Choosing the lesser evil is not a practice I like to engage in. If that bothers you, vote away.

      As for Tuju, I’m meeting him to discuss his strategy. I like the guy quite a bit and last I checked the cartoons(ehm…) which you reference made him laugh as well. But will they impact the election?

      Will they change this nation?

      Have you read enough into the work we do to really authoritatively question where we come from?

      You don’t deserve to know who I am.

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