Don't you just hate those little questions that kids ask each other in the playground?
Ones like, "Would you rather die by baseball bat or being run over by a horse?"
I sure do.
I particularly hate it when that same question resurfaces years later in the form of the New Zealand General Election.
To be extremely Frank, Frankly speaking, I pretty much dislike every "viable" voting option at this point, to be quite Frank.
My thinking is very torn. My heart sways away from the minor parties at times, thinking that perhaps they don't do enough (with the exception of Jim Anderton :P) or achieve enough 'voting worth' as they make too many of their concessions in forming the next Government.
At times I dislike the idea of voting for the two big parties, due to my fear of things like a Brashean Strategic Deficit (giving fearsome slash-n-burn power) looming over the horizon and of course my eternal dislike of Helen.
Frankly, if I had to compile a preferred PM list, it would be empty.
About one week ago my choices were either National (large party choice) or UFNZ/Progressive (small party choices). Yes, I admit I only originally gave Progressive a look because Paul pointed me in their direction.
In terms of my possible National vote, I asked myself, is hating Helen enough?
Looking at the New Zealand Political landscape gave me pause for thought (compared to my own Ghandi-like status :D)... enough to cause me to go to a couple of websites and compare some party policies once and for all.
So perhaps the high-flying Greens wouldn't be so bad after all... except for the fact that I could probably replicate the practical outworking of their policies well enough by voting for other parties without suffering from any of their hangovers, erm, hangups.
Maybe Progressive? Then again, a current Parliamentary share of two seats doesn't inspire much confidence. If Jimmy can work magic like that, surely he'd be better working it under the auspices of an existing party? Maybe the United Progressive Outdoors Future New Zealand Party. Then again, he'd have to have a pretty big arm-wrestle with Mr Hero-Haircut himself for the place of top Dawg.
UFNZ? For some reason, I just sense a loss of integrity. Good on some levels, but if somebody is going to try and take my vote specifically as a Christian, then they sure as "hell" better make sure that they act accordingly. I mean, who expects reprobate to act any different? But the man of God should live transparently.
Ok, so what about my old potential... National. Well, after consideration of policy I actually realise that I can't vote for them in good conscience. I mean, I just don't agree with the actual way that they want to go about doing things. There isn't much to it. They aren't spawns of Satan or anything, I just make different choices. So I'll have to agree to disagree and vote elsewhere. Besides, hating Helen isn't really enough reason to actually vote for National.
That only leaves...