Think! … Your Country Needs It.

It is becoming more and more evident that people are losing the ability to think for themselves and are swayed by pleasant words, platitudes, sharp-looking suits and stuck-in-a-rut thought patterns.

People who blindly follow a leader, political ideology, belief or value system without questioning, are fooling themselves with a false sense of security.

Sadly politics at all levels is about popularity not ability. People vote because they know of a person and not necessarily what they stand for or what skills and experience they bring. Traditional party voting patterns are not agents of growth or change, they are merely a resignation to the same old thinking that holds our country from moving on.

Research is required into each candidate in each electorate and to all parties in the national race for power.  Whether the party is blue, green, purple, red, turquoise, yellow, polka-dotted or striped, it is the responsibility of all those eligible to vote to research each ideology the best they can and vote based on their own conclusions and personal values systems. Sadly I don’t think many people do.

There are ample occasions to meet and question candidates at this time of the election cycle and throughout each term of government. If the government is going to represent the people the people must present themselves for representation.

If you hadn’t noticed there is an election in a few weeks time in New Zealand; how about exercising your brain and take every opportunity to question all candidates before making your mind up.

Think for yourself, question, debate, research well and exercise your right to vote for the sake of our great country.

Paul S Allen

About Paul S Allen

Kiwi singer-songwriter based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Musician (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Keyboard); Photographer; Poet; Thinker. I have food allergies so ask when you invite me for dinner. Lumen accipe et imperti. (receive the light and pass it on) Email me:

Posted on 11/10/2011, in Community, Government, Leadership, Think and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Ken Bateman

    Lesson in Socialism

    An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

    The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”.. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

    After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

    The second test average was a D! No one was happy.
    When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F…

    As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

    To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
    Could not be any simpler than that.

    Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2011 elections. These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

    1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

    2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

    3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

    4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

    5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

    Can you think of a reason for not sharing this? Neither could I.

    Oh I feel so sorry for Winston, Phil, et al…. Looks like John has the right ideas after all.

  2. I was trying to keep party agenda out of the conversation here. This is not a forum for a party politics. It is a place to encourage people to research and think and to come up with their own conclusions.

    I hope you have researched deeply all parties policies equally and fairly and without bias before coming up to the conclusions here.

    Or have you relied on the studies of others?

    Thanks for sharing it but it does show your political bias.

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