Patriot Voting System
South Africa is considered as having a free and fair election process. It is one thing that our Democracy has that most of our fellow African neighbours struggle with.
What this means is that we the people hold the power in our Democracy, not the government and not any political party, including the ANC.
The problem is that South Africans don't seem to understand how to use this power to create a better life for themselves and the people of South Africa.
The Patriot Voting System looks to address that by guiding people on how to vote that has the best chance of delivering results for the people and holding politicians accountable.
South Africa's Immature Democracy
Unfortunately, South Africa is not a mature Democracy. According to the EIU Democracy Index, South Africa is classified as a Flawed Democracy. Until the ANC can lose power and regain it all without anybody losing their lives, we are not a mature Democracy.
Currently, the ANC government is not being held accountable and has been elected into power five times in a row, even as their track record in government gets worse with each election. This means the people are not using their power to hold the government and politicians accountable.
You can see symptoms of our immature Democracy in many ways. An example of this is how the ANC voting base is relatively stable, but the opposition is fragmented with new parties registered with every election.
When voters don't hold the politicians accountable through their vote Democracies slowly rot and South Africa is seeing this rot in the form of rampant corruption, services and infrastructure crumbling, laws that infringe on citizens rights and government pushing for more power and money.
Voter Loyalty & Political Accountability
Political accountability is vital for a Democracy to function and thrive. If the ruling party does a poor job or is caught in corruption scandals, and voted back into power. Then voters are not holding them accountable and saying what they did was not that bad, re-enforcing the poor behaviour and performance.
In a functional Democracy, the people hold the power not the politicians, and when voters do not hold the ruling party accountable the people are giving up their power.
With immature Democracies, there is a tendency to hold opposition parties to a much higher standard and accountability than the ruling party, further perpetuating the rot.
This loyalty is the wrong way round. Voter loyalty for an opposition party is vital when trying to hold the ruling party accountable. When that opposition party becomes the ruling party, that loyalty should fall away and be replaced with critical observation.
What Is Wrong With How We Vote?
When one party gets elected into power regardless of their performance, out of loyalty or long past actions, then there is no voting based on issues and what is best for the country and people.
A few examples where voting in our Democracy is suffering.
- Voter Apathy: An estimated 9 to 15 million South African's eligible to vote are not registered and 10 million registered voters don't vote.
- Voter Education: Voters incorrectly look to punish the ANC by not voting rather than voting for another party, helping keep the ANC in power.
- Apartheid Fear People are scared to vote for another party fearing the return of Apartheid, even though our Constitution makes this impossible.
- Fragmented Opposition: The opposition vote is spread across several small parties that struggle to exercise over-site because they too small.
- Constant New Parties: People frustrated with the lack of political accountability try to take matters into their own hands by starting new parties.
- No Opposition Loyalty: Large numbers of opposition voters jump from one party to the next, switching with each election.
- Miss Information: The belief that foreigners can vote and their vote is being bought by the ANC leading to further apathy and anger.
- Leveraged Desperation: Poverty and peoples desperation is leveraged through promises and bought by the ANC through small one-time handouts.
- Identity politics: People vote for political parties where the leaders look and speak the same as them, rather than what they stand for or do.
Why Do We Need A System?
Many voters regularly express they have had enough of the ANC but don't know who to vote for or have given up because they don't see any point in voting.
We need to acknowledge, accept and embrace our immature Democracy. Once we accept this reality, we can change how we the people vote as a group to work towards a common goal, regardless of race or economic situation.
To achieve this, the people need a guide and social contract that we all can agree on and use together to a common goal.
- When living in an immature democracy you cannot vote for the party that you connect best with.
- When living in an immature democracy you cannot vote for a party that best represents you.
- When living in an immature democracy your only hope is to vote based on Democratic principles.
How Patriots Vote For Democracy
If we want our Democracy to work for the people and accept that we live in an immature Democracy, then Patriot Democracy encourages the following simple guidelines.
- You must vote, always!
- You do not vote for the current ruling party.
- You do not vote for parties that would undermine Democracy.
- You do not vote for newly created unproven parties.
- You do not vote for small insignificant parties.
- You do not vote for parties that promote hate and violence.
- You do not vote for bottom feeder parties with no moral backbone.
- You vote for the biggest opposition party that respects peoples rights.
- You vote for the biggest opposition party that promotes Democracy.
- You vote for the biggest opposition party that you can live with.
Moving Beyond Identity Politics
When people decide to vote for a party because the leader of the party is black and Zulu speaking, or white and Afrikaans speaking, or from a particular religion or culture, Democracy suffers.
Identity Politics is one area that hurts our Democracy a great deal because we can't hold politicians accountable for being black or white. We can't debate policy or what is best for a country when voting is based on race and culture.
When race-based identity politics is the dominant form of voting, there is no political accountability, and voting is an emotional choice. For voters to embrace the real power of their vote, they need to put emotion and race aside and vote based on what is most likely to change their lives for the better.
Ignoring The Theater & Sideshows
There is always a lot of theatrics when it comes to politics. Politics often attracts some very large egos, and when these egos clash it makes for a lot of drama.
Politicians often use a lot of dirty tricks to distract from their shortcomings and manufacture drama around their opponents.
Patriots should ignore the drama, and should not let it affect their vote. Vote for political parties that promote Democratic principles and is not the current ruling part.
The Patriot Social Contract
If we can all agree we want the same things, then we can all vote together as a nation to achieve these goals.
To achieve this, we identify the 5 biggest opposition parties with the best track record fighting for human rights and defending Democracy.
If we all agree to vote for one of these 5 parties, and only these 5 parties, they are then forced to work together and hold each other accountable, and we the people can give these 5 parties a mandate to focus on what we the people decide is most important.
Once we remove the ANC from power, it does not matter who gets voted into power next, because if they do not perform and give the people what they want, we vote them out and we keep voting until the people get want they want. A better life for all.
What people say is often meaningless. We can only measure action and what people do. By looking at the battles political parties are willing to fight and stand up for we can see what matters most to them.
The way a political party fights its battles is also a good measure of the parties respect for human rights and Democracy. Do they follow processes and respect the outcomes, or do they prefer to use bully tactics and disrupt processes?
How a political party functions internally is also a good measure of how Democratic a party is. Are leaders and party representatives elected and once elected are they held accountable based on their performance? A party willing to remove a non-performing leader is a sing of Democratic lead political party.
We can also measure a party based on its friends and the parties it goes into coalitions with, and once in a coalition how they then behave and operate.
Patriot Democracy Recommended Political Parties
In an immature Democracy, we do not have the luxury of choice. We can only vote based on size, morals and Democratic principles.
The largest parties in South Africa that promote Democracy and make it a core value from largest to smallest.
- Democratic Alliance (DA)
- Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)
- Freedom Front Plus (FF+)
- African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)
- Congress of the People (COPE)
These are the only parties we believe South Africans should consider when voting. We believe these 5 parties provide voters with enough choices that most people should be able to find something that agrees with them regardless of background, race or economic situation.
These five parties are the ones that have been in parliament and local government fighting the ANC, standing up for peoples rights.
Do NOT Vote For
Political parties that are anti-democratic, corrupt, promote violence or only focused on self-enrichment, Patriots should avoid at all costs.
- African National Congress (ANC)
- Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)
- United Democratic Movement (UDM)
- African Transformation Movement (ATM)
- Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)
- African Independent Congress (AIC)
- Agang SA
Careful The Bottom Feeders
There are several smaller parties in the do not vote list because Patriot Democracy classifies them as bottom feeders.
A bottom feeder political party is a party that will do anything to feed off the scraps of the ANC table. They have no moral backbone and are only in it for themselves.
Some of the parties on the do not vote list were once decent democratic options, but became bottom feeders over time and have slowly become part of the rot.
Some of the parties in the do not vote list promote violence and uses intimidation as means of bully tactics, and these practices have no place in any Democracy.
What About The Rest
Any other party is too small to consider. Voting for a smaller political party in an immature Democracy is, unfortunately, a waste of time.
Once we transition to a more mature Democracy, we hope to be able to vote for a more diverse group of parties, including some of the smaller parties that stand for specific issues.
Until then we do not recommend voting for smaller parties.
What About New Parties
Every election sees new parties form and register in the hope of making a difference. It takes years for a political party to grow big enough to make a difference. These new parties also have no track record that we can measure.
We recommend avoiding new parties. If they survive and over time grow to become big enough to be worth considering and have some form of track record we can measure, we might revise the recommended parties list and include other parties.
Making the Choice
We encourage voters to vote for any of the 5. The goal is to concentrate the opposition vote in these five political parties, forcing a politically diverse but strong opposition that is most likely to work well together.
If you have voted for any of these parties before then vote for them again. Alternately you could look to apply a selection process.
Our preferred selection method is to start with the biggest party on the list and ask yourself "Can I vote for this party and live with myself?". If the answer is yes, then that is who you should vote for, if the answer is no, then move down the list.
If making a choice is proving difficult or stressful, we recommended a random selection process possibly using a dice. Numbers 1-5 are the parties numbers from biggest to smallest and if you roll a 6, your role again.
When making your choice, it's good to keep in mind what is most important. Voting and concentrating the opposition vote to hold the government accountable. Nothing else matters in an immature Democracy.
National Vs Local Elections
All these parties should be available when voting in a national election. However, in a local government election, it will depend on there being local councillors in your area contesting the election.
We are confident that some of the five should be available in most areas, but not all five will be available everywhere.
Patriots are encouraged to use the system the best they can, even if it is a local election. Our local elections will set the stage for our next national election and gains we make now can be built on later.
If we all going to agree to vote together, we should also state what we expect from the parties we vote for and what are our goals.
The ANC has decimated the economy and chased businesses and investment away with bad laws, policy uncertainty and complete mismanagement of government resources. Crime, racial tensions, poverty, so much of South Africa's problems, are connected to unemployment. We would expect the parties we vote for to urgently address unemployment and lack of investment with a full review of all ANC policies, laws and trade agreements and removing all barriers to investment and job creation.
The public has been bombarded with news about corruption in government for several years now, but very few have gone to jail. It is time we start seeing high ranking kingpins in orange overalls. We would expect as a matter of urgency for special investigation units, courts and prosecutors to be set up and given resources in all 9 provinces with the mandate to find, investigate and prosecute government corruption.
Taxpayers money has been flowing out of government for decades, but the people never see it as we pay more for a lower quality of life. It is time the government starts delivering services to the people. We would expect financial management of taxes to be strictly controlled, a plan for government debt and the repair and turnaround strategy of government-provided services, with affordable, stable and reliable water and electricity urgently prioritised.
The ANC has deliberately sabotaged land reform, and all South African's are sick of the land issue being used as a political weapon. Every committee and expert has repeatedly stated that the failure of land reform is the government's implementation. All South Africans want land reform addressed so we can move on as a country. We expect the systems and processes designed under Nelson Mandela to be fast-tracked and prioritised. Title deeds processing and handing-over need to be urgently addressed, along with resources allocated for land claims courts to be expanded and prioritised. All lease based land reform cases reviewed and converted to full title and ownership agreements.
Crime and violence are out of control across the entire country, with families not feeling safe in their own homes. It is time to start getting serious about crime and violence in South Africa. We expect rural safety to be address with the commando system reinstated and the police reservists system strengthened and expanded. A full review of all current, previous, local and national systems or organisations revolving around crime, safety and security. This review would including the Scorpions, Hawks, IPID, NPA and all special investigation units, past and present.
The Patriot Coalition
The Patriot Voting System does not require any form of cooperation from the Patriot Recommended Parties for the system to work. The people can force cooperation on the parties by concentrating the vote, forcing them to work together.
What would be ideal, is if the 5 recommended parties of the Patriot Voting System came together and formed an alliance under a memorandum of understanding where they agreed to work together and to only go into coalitions with each other. Any coalition with parties not part of the alliance would need to be agreed upon as a group.
The Beauty Of The System
The Patriot Voting System is simple and also elegant in that it removes all guilt or difficulty of finding a political party that you feel bests represents you and focuses only on what matters most.
If a different party is giving the chance to lead, and they betray the trust of the people, we use the system again to give somebody else a chance.
With the Patriot Voting System Democracy and the people of South Africa come first, and party loyalty last.
The easier it is for a countries leadership to change, the more we progress to a mature Democracy. Hopefully, then we will be able to vote based on issues that represent us as individuals. Until then there is only one issue to vote for, and that is voting for Democracy using the Patriot Voting System.