10,000 people attended. For the first time I was one of them. I have just attended my first political campaign rally. The soaking wet steps leading up to the famous Sage Gateshead were packed with people, some having to turn around and find another route in.
As you would be able to tell from my blogging habits, politics has never been a passion of mine. I do vote but I never preach about it. I never tell people to vote. I imagine this comes from my dislike of religious propaganda being fed to us from an early age. I don’t think we should make people vote if they do not want to. That would be a problem surely, with people inevitably voting in a party they know nothing about. Surely it would be better to teach the value of voting and create the passion to do so.
I have a strong desire for a freedom to vote, that is for sure. If that was about to be taken away from me, I would fight. During the speeches, I had a couple of questions, linked to what I dislike about the religious aspects of the world. (There had to be a link somewhere, right?!)
Should kids be brought up in a neutral household, not being heavily influenced by the party of their parents?
Undoubtedly they will. I saw young kids holding banners and wearing stickers, clearly oblivious as to what was actually going on. Do parents make politics easier to leave for children compared to religion? Do kids anywhere face being disowned or hated for disagreeing in politics as so many face if they were to leave a faith? It doesn’t seem this is the case. People do not have that deep emotional connection, but feel free to disagree with me on that.
Should people have the right to go door-to-door?
I have a little more time for those trying to get their political view heard, so long as there isn’t a threat of eternal damnation if I disagree. One of the speakers told the crowds not to worry about posting to Facebook and knocking on doors, just get the point out there. This was met with a roar and applause. Could religion get away with such a speech? It would, but I wouldn’t be happy. Not that I am happy with being told what political party to join, I have learned that too many people in this world hold incredibly illogical views. Does this trend change when they enter the voting booth? One can only hope.
These were my main thoughts as I attended, I always find myself alienated in some way and over-analysing when I should be clapping and chanting his or her name. I have a detachment from the crowds, which isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. I have always wanted to look at such crowds instead of walk with them. It helps me from being dragged into various ideologies which can be hard to leave. This is why I regularly blog from an atheist mindset, I much prefer to be as outside of the circle as I can get, which does make it hard for me to engage as much as I could, or harder to become attached to a movement, with only a couple of exceptions.