Good afternoon everyone,
It’s election time in Norway, Monday is the big day. And although I know alot of my readers aren’t of age yet, I felt the need to make a post like this one, with the help of my own little politician of course. Fictional as he may be, Maaya was always more politically active than me, so I let him inspire me as I was writing, and as a result, I became more aware of the importance of politics, and my own heartcases.
The beauty of a democracy is having the power to shape the government, to choose who will govern for the next four years. Or rather, it’s about choosing who doesn’t get to govern.
It’s all about what you burn for, or course, but in my opinion what we should focus on is the right to live. Obviously we can’t have it all, it’s difficult to get someone to fix both the educational systems, more money for the schools and health sector, welfare, psychiatric help as well as enviromental and animal rights issues. In the end, it’s hard to get it all, and it might be hard to choosse what matters the most. For instance, I would love to see a bettering of the psychiatry, but the party that promises to focus the most on that are also for a lot of things that I’m opposed to.
Where am I going with this? Maaya can answer;
“Awareness. We need to be aware of what politicians stand for, what they’re against, and which parties are for ‘our’ cases. There are way too many countries in the world that actively practice discrimination on a daily basis. Denying someone the right to be themselves, whether it be based on religion, skin color, gender, sexuality or anything else, is wrong. I don’t understand how someone can for instance say that they want to fight against racism, they’re against discrimination and segregation, but then they won’t approve of gay marriages? That IS discrimination. It’s a violation of human rights. Not that it’s a human right to get married – that would be a privilege, in my opinion. But it’s a violation against humanity when you deny someone the right to be who they are. Saying it’s a violation against nature to be homosexual is ridiculous, look around and you’ll see that humans aren’t the only mammals where individuals are drawn to same-sex partners.
If you don’t like it, nobody can punish you for that, and nobody can force you to change your mind (even if they would like to with all their might). But, telling an entire nation that “you’re wrong, this is wrong, you are a freak.” and going as far as to punishing them for who they are – that is going too far.
You would never accept that your country say…banned a certain kind of religion for instance? That would never fly anywhere, unless we’re talking about a dictatorship. In a democracy, this kind of move would never be acceptable – or shouldn’t be. There are parties out there that continuously make suggestions or promises that are nothing short of discriminating – not to mention backwards. We’re in the 21st century, you can’t write homosexuality of as a “disease” or “unnatural” act. In that case, heterosexuality should also be banned, or how about banning an entire race?
What’s scary, is that a lot of political parties with absolutely horrifying plans appeal to a very large election-base; the young voters. A lot of voters know nothing more than that the party of choice is promising them things like lower alcohol prices, or lifting th ban on public consumption of alcohol etc. Kids care about partying.
Isn’t human rights more important?
So please, when the time comes to vote, have a look at what your party of choice has on their agenda regarding equality laws, views on homosexuality and other cases you care about.
Don’t let those who went first, who fought for these rights, have fought for nothing. We need to fight back, and make sure they never step on us again.
There was alot of me in that too obviously, but for me this year there are two important agendas; the continous right to be allowto love and marry whoever we want in this country – regardless of gender, and the abolishment of the fur industry.
I wish all countries could be as open as we are, that everyone could be considered equals despite who they fall in love with, but knowing that there are still politicians out there who want to take this away from us, who still think it’s an illness and want it outlawed makes me realize that there is still a long way to go still. But they won’t win, right?