Parliamentary elections in Croatia are two months away and the dirty campaign is officially starting. It is time to start making popcorn for news shows and indulge in the fine entertainment only politicians can create. PR agencies and spin doctors, thank you for the exquisite job you are doing.
Pots are calling the kettles black. The ruling party consisting of ex-communists is calling out the opposition for being a Yugonostalgic “red danger,” while the opposition is blaming the ruling party for bringing the country down to its knees, something the opposition also successfully did 10 years ago.
Like a bunch of kids in the sandbox, destroying one another’s mud castles and screaming:
“You’re mean! No, you’re mean!”
Except, those kids have more credibility and their conversations make more sense.
While I’m watching this circus and all the freaks involved in it, I start to wonder who will get my vote in December. The parties are showing off their programs, speaking about changes, promising prosperity but I don’t hear anything new. All those promises were already made years ago and we are still stuck in the same place, battling foreign debt, unemployment, poverty and listening annoying stories about magical land called EU, savior of all transition economies.
Nothing changes around here, and the faces promising a change are the same we have been watching for the past 20 years. How do you believe in someone who repeatedly betrayed your trust and ignored your best interest? How do you believe that this time it will be different and things will eventually get better?
Well, you don’t.
The principle of voting for the lesser of two evils is something I will settle for on these elections. One could argue that this is a wasted vote, but this whole campaign is a waste too and I will just continue in the same direction.
Honesty is a concept unknown to the world of politics, but if I could I would give my trust and my vote to the person honest enough to say loud and clear that we are in the situation that will require extreme sacrifice in order to improve. Someone who will honestly say that no one can be spared of that sacrifice and that everyone will equally carry the burden of it. Someone who will stay away from unrealistic sugar-coated promises. Someone brave enough to cut the incomes of representatives in the parliament and make them a part of a change they constantly promote. Someone who will work for the people and not against them. Someone who will listen to the voice of the nation instead of ignoring it. Someone who will cherish the responsibility that was given to him or her on the elections and will never take for granted the trust of the people he or she works for.
Speaking like a true dreamer, I live for the day when someone like that will appear out of nowhere, make people recognize the great potential of this country and make this a better place.
A place to be.
The article was originally written in English.
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