Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Death Penalty: A Watershed?

Of all the ACDP's policies, the one that many seem to struggle with is the issue of the death penalty. For many, the haunt of crime is enough reason to flee to supposedly safer shores, but the thought of punishment by death seems too drastic a step.

I do sympathise with this view, and I'll admit I'm somewhat on the fence when it comes to the death penalty. It's a very strong action and of all the Biblical principles, the practice of the death penalty, at least in the New Testament, is not a stand-out.

Even so, my concern is that those who don't vote for the ACDP because of the death penalty have lost some perspective. No other mainstream party stands against abortion, but are happy to promote abortion as an effective birth control measure and as a grant of power to women.

Now let me see if I've got this right: we're happy to kill innocent unborn babies, but we're not happy killing convicted murderers. Um. What did I miss? Maybe a voter can argue that they prefer no abortion and no death penalty, but that choice is not available, so which side of this watershed would you fall? And is that really such a hard decision?

Monday, October 29, 2007

First-time Welcome

Welcome to the brand new blog: The ACDP Insider.

Political parties are usually something of a black box, spitting out all kinds messages for the media, but leaving the general public wondering just what goes on behind the scenes.

This blog is about reversing that trend a little. No, it's not an official mouthpiece and there's no official communication here that you can splash on the front of newspapers, and of course I won't spill the beans on internal disciplinary matters. But I will tell you what it's like being on the inside of a political party, how the engine room works, what drives people.

Now the ACDP is not yet South Africa's biggest party, and by no means its smallest either, but it's an incredibly interesting party too. Some of the ACDP's policies definitely kick out against the trend and cause you to stop and think twice, maybe thrice. If you're ready to think outside the box, ready to question what you've always been told on the telly, I just think you might enjoy heading this way for a few nuggets too.

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