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Why I don't vote

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

With the next general election coming soon, there is a call by some for those of us who don't want to vote to do their 'civic responsibility' and take part in the electoral process. I will confess here that I have long been one of those who don't see any reason to vote.

Now, first of all, I just want to say to those who think that those of us who refuse to vote don't have a say in how our country is run must stop talking rubbish. As long as we pay taxes, and, in my case, as long as some of us have to spend an eternity at the tax office to pay taxes, continue to pay, we do have a say in how our tax dollars are spent.

I have sort of given up any hope of us ever becoming a great nation - at least in my lifetime. This alone is enough reason why I don't vote. We simply do not have the type of leaders who can transform this country into a great power.

We have mediocre leaders who think it is an act of national pride when they try to fool the world into thinking that we are poorer than we are - just to get more aid. We have leaders who think we are great just because we have athletes who can win races and other entertainers. We even have leaders who are making great plans with the reparations money that they are planning on. Is this what I should vote for?

We have one of the world's highest crime rates. We are almost bankrupt. There is no hope for most school leavers. These days, I have seen so many child beggars, I have to wonder.

Yet, our leaders tell us that we should be thankful for our condition, as we are not as bad as Somalia, Liberia, The Congo or one of those failed states. This is the disdain that our leaders see us - and I must vote for them?

For the most part, we have had leaders who have hijacked our Independence. They are childish and, as such, they have childish aspirations for us. I don't like living in a country that thinks being mediocre is greatness.

MICHAEL DINGWALL

Kingston