Election Fever

I’m disappointed by the shameless prostitution and whoring I see around me. More than a few “council election advertising space (jokingly?) for sale”s; countless “vote for us”s to be seen in every direction, and facebook “vote for me okay kthxbai”s.

I’d understand a facebook group if it was actually used for anything other than profligate self-promotion; for purposes of advancing a campaign by promoting a cause or initiative, I’d understand. Pity then that a survey of the facebook groups reveals a, likely lonely, possibly solitary, group of potential councilors who promise to actually try and do something concrete (which, to the best of my knowledge, is a requirement). Kudos to them. As for those with pages essentially saying:

we have [stock positive qualities], we’re going to do [whatever it is councilors are supposed to do], we’ll [do our best], so [vote for us]

or worse,

[groan-inducing pun or supposedly catchy slogan], [you know who we are] [so vote for us!]

well, no scorn or disdain from this corner; merely honest opinion: it is difficult to masquerade emptiness as a meaningful cause and campaign. I don’t respect any of you any less; I am convinced that you are very nice, perfectly okay, and highly capable people. I can’t claim to fully understand the difficulties of running for council, but I’d dare say it is tough, and you are most deserving of admiration. So, forgive me for directing my ire at you poor fellows who stand as figureheads of a voting process that, perhaps, pretends that it doesn’t, but knows full well that it depends far too much on who you know, and how well you’re known, rather than meaning or truly demonstrated drive.

It does sadden me to see it again; the campaigning and the cries for attention, the pretense and, finally, the voting. The scent in the air is an all too familiar one. It dates to secondary school, when cruder jokes, worse puns, and more laughably and clearly unfulfillable promises abounded; when elections were won on hilariously bad taglines, and when we all knew in our heart of hearts how it really worked.

But then again, it might just be me. Just me who sees posts won on popularity and remembered-because-they-were-so-bad lines, and dies a little inside. I know, you know, those running, those voting, they know, how this will really be won. There will be toil, there will be tears, and there will be sweat. But, let us not be deceived. Rather, I urge you,Ā  go, vote for your friends; keep your promises, maintain your honour, stand by your companions, and, whatever comes, know where you stood in their time of need, but, still, remember just how much the result matters, and not one jot more.

And if you start to feel that selfsame scorn brew, or the familiar disdain rising again, or even feel your nose turning up at the sight of more desperate cries for votes, don’t. Maintain the respect for those who run, and hold your sorrow for a flawed system. I shall endeavor to.

Forgive the ravings of a bitter, bitter fellow, and instead give thanks for a screening process that we may have some belief in. A procress that weeds out the truly incapable, and let us exercise recklessness with impunity, knowing that, whatever the result, the student council will have some modicum of competency. Hope the powers that be erred not in their choices.

Another edit, another disclaimer:
I’m sure that there are people you know very well, your longtime friends that you are certain are fully capable and deserving. Vote for them, and urge them on. Help them in every way you can. Personally, I have the highest hopes for capable, deserving, and well-suited people in student council. I have my vote, it goes to those whom I know full well should be councilors, to those worthy, and to those friends whom I love to support them in their endeavour.

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5 Responses to “Election Fever”

  1. dennis Says:

    hello jingxiannn. šŸ˜€

    i have to agree with you, sadly. its the truth about campaigning. unfortunately such ‘tactics’ apply to the majority, so everyone’s doing it because not doing it only makes you lose out. šŸ™‚

    yeah. so dont feel so sore about it and just take a look from another angle. things may just get better. šŸ™‚

  2. rj Says:

    great writing style la, thumbs up.

  3. clarence Says:

    dude, you lack humour. your post damn dry. WE ALL KNOW THE ELECTION IS A FARCE SO WTF. the campaigning adds NO VALUE WHATSOEVER to the the value of the school. but then again, neither do I.

    Plus – thats just the way things work. you think everyone so smart? why the hell would bush be president otherwise. a good number of people on earth are retards who don’t think before casting their votes – you srsly have too much faith in mankind.

  4. jx1992n Says:

    I never did aim for humour. Maybe some dry humour, in which case, then, as you have so eloquently stated, I have. Pffft, pathetic wordplay, innit?

    Anyway, I’d write for myself; any pleasure you derive, you’re free to take though. That aside, I agree; farce, lack of value and all. Blame the system. That’s what I concluded. Blame the system and follow your heart. Whoops, forgot your profession that you don’t have one. Well, you get the point.

  5. clarence Says:

    huhuh i r hartlez bastord???

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