So yesterday was election’s day in Portugal. All of the good portuguese people went to give their opinion on which party should rule for us. I’m not a good portuguese but I got up and voted. I woke up complaining about life and it lasted until I put the cruce where I wanted to and left to go shopping.
Why did I go vote? Because not voting is as bad as not breastfeeding your newborn. If you’re a mother you’ll get what I am saying. You become the black sheep, you get stained. I should participate in the voting process because my right to do so was won by our ancestors. Even more if I am a woman. It’s like by not voting I am stabbing womenkind in the chest.
And I shouldn’t vote. And I tell you why.
I don’t know anything about politics. I’m sure I’ve already told you this. It’s true. I’ve also spent all the time between one voting year and another, NOT learning anything about the parties and NOT forming my opinion on what I think should be right for my country. I have not won the right to vote.
Why didn’t I vote blank?
Voting blank is giving an opinion. It’s saying that you know all the candidates and you think that none is worth it. I actually think they all look-alike but I feel I don’t hold enough information to stand up and say this.
Why did I vote?
This year I decided to vote. I decided that this will be my first step to change my attitude. So I found a party that in general stood up for things I appreciated.
But, in my opinion uninformed people like me shouldn’t vote. Having the right to vote is having the right to have a voice in what goes on in our country. Do you understand how irresponsible is to let these people to have a voice?
My boyfriend was listening to my ramblings and asked what my solution would be. My solution was to have someone test your knowledge beforehand. They would ask you if you knew the names of the parties in the campaign and what they stood for in general. If you could answer this, you were free to give your opinion. If not, please study and come back.
By the look in my boyfriend’s face I know this wouldn’t be a well received idea, but that’s my opinion. And I would fail the test.