I just had a wonderful idea!
So most places, every three or four years, everyone gets to join in with politicians’ self-validitation games and go vote in an election, yes? Yay! But this self-validitation is only for politicians.
Not for anyone else.
But um… why?
Because I think everyone else, in all other jobs, they should be validated and happy too! Like, everyone should be able to do the same thing at politicians! And make people validate them! On a day they choose! So then everyone can all feel super-loved and happy because all the attention and votes and interest!
Just like politicians do!
Like, every three years, we could have film and music and writers and food and coffee and carpentry festivals where everyone in the whole country HAS to go and tell people they’re fabulous! And pick one of them as a winner!
Lots of fun! And even more fun, there’d be rules!
Like, say, if you don’t want to go to the actual festival-day, you’d have to buy a book or a song or a cupcake or whatever beforehand. And you wouldn’t be allowed to forget either, or then you’d have to go to the actual festival, because obviously the people organising everything are busy and important and are only doing it for YOU, not themselves, and they don’t have time for your entitled bossy individual needs, thank you very much, so just stop being difficult and go! Now! And no, it doesn’t count if you really, really meant to have done it and forgot and will next week, promise, as soon as you have time. No! Too late! Go to the festival! This is important!
Or, at least, it’s important to the people organising it, who might win, and I can’t think what could possibly go wrong with letting the people who might win a contest organise it too, and also giving them the power to make everyone else join in… what could go wrong with that?
And also, the bit about buying a song or book or meal or occasional table beforehand? That has to be over the postal mail, too! By law! No I don’t know why either! It just does!
Because over the internet, that’s way too simple, I suppose. You have to suffer for it! And queue! Or you won’t appreciate having done it, I guess, if it’s all too easy and obvious. Obvious, like, I don’t know, a phone app or something so you can do it while you get coffee! Like you do for paying bills! But no, that’s too obvious.
It has to be old-fashioned and serious and use paper and stuff!
And wait, also, we need more festivals! Because there probably aren’t enough festival organisers to really make this completely fair. And there might be fights between organisers, or whatev. So instead of one big book or cupcake or music festival, you’d really need to let everyone do this! Like any smaller part of any business or hobby or craft at all! So instead of just having one big film or music or food festival, we’d have lots! We’d have all the fesitvals! For everything!
Same as how just when you get done with a federal election, and think that’s all finished, oh wait, yay, now it’s time for a state one. So same thing!
Because then, as well as big festivals, you’d get to have little specialist niche festivals, and STILL make everyone come. By law! So stringed-instrument-only folk-music festivals and high-performance electric-hybrid car-shows and a festival of floaty red dresses, but only floaty and red and dresses! Or a festival for cupcakes flavoured with orange but iced with non-orange icing! Or a day for bushwalking, but only bushwalking in parks but not the actual bush. Or I don’t know what else… anything! Until every single day is a something day and most of them are several things days, and every one of them you HAVE to join in!
Because, like, why should politicians be the only people who get to MAKE everyone join in with their validation?
No, um, really? I don’t get it. Why should they be? Why is politics such a special job? Like, why can’t we make everyone go to ComicCons too? Or join in a national Bakery best-bread-prize Day? Or a most-polite-about-dealing-with-patients-stupid-medical-questions-because-they’re-scared Nurses prize Day? Or actually, a thank-you-SES best-dressed-in-orange day?
Um, I’m actually almost serious about this… like why not?
Because it seems like there’s way more important jobs than politicianing, is all.
So this is my grump for today. And I had started going on about this a bit… as, um, might be obvious? And I was going to keep going on about it all day, too. Except it’s only lunchtime now, and partner is already bored with it and wants me to stop.
So now I’ll tell all of you instead! Ha!
Oh, um, because today is a state election here, and because here you have to vote, so I get snotty about being made to go out just to join in other people’s silly hobbies, is all… like have politics if you must but leave me out of it, please… :)
And yes, before anyone scolds me and wags their finger, yep democracy yay its all so terribly important oh my… except how part of democracy is being able to choose NOT TO JOIN IN… oh wait, no it isn’t… :)
And also, with the part about having to actually go to a place and stand in a queue, and actually deal with all the super-yay political sign-holding people, who all get their super-validateds too… um… since I can do my actual money banking on a phone app, and that’s secure, why can’t I do that to vote too? Um, seriously? Especially since how that would actually let them check for people voting more than once, because phone numbers, and because how you have to prove who you are in the first place to get a phone… um, is this just so obvious I’m the only one seeing it? Sigh.
And also, it would let them count things instantly. So they wouldn’t need to take up the TV all night with election coverage. And also, they could text you a reminder if you haven’t remembered to yet…
Oh wait, actually, that would be really annoying.
Um, forget I said anything :)
So anyways, this is my rant for the day, and probablys for the whole year, really. So I picked well! Like a really important issue to address!
But now I’m done :) Now I’m stopping.
I’m stopping because now I have to go and stand in a queue and vote. Or not vote. But I still have to go and stand. Sigh.
Update because apparently i don’t pay enough attention: so actually there is an app, it turns out, but you don’t get to use it unless you live a long way from a voting place… like in the outback i suppose, rather than, um, sydney. or if you have reading difficulties, which I don’t quite get, since wouldn’t you also have reading difficulties on an app? as in, getting rid of the 500-line senate voting form would probably help more with fixing that…
And then again cause i’m dumb: oh i see… reading difficulties like eyesight problems, not reading problems… which makes a little bit more sense :)