Voting is a big responsibility. (Yes another political post.) Thus my dilemma...
I'm a reformed Islamist, I think that's the only way to label me. I grew up in a big Islamist home but have turned more "progressive"* (or as my mom would say I'm a left-leaning liberal) with every passing year.
I don't want Islamists to rule the Parliament. They're not transparent enough, the have fishy deals with the government, and are bed buddies with too many "breast-fed" bedouins** (say that five times fast). Also I don't see economic development as a major issue for them which I think needs to be a top priority.
I also don't want liberals to rule the Parliament. Although they are much more transparent than Islamists, their ranks include too many Kuwaiti bourgeoisie and they are somewhat out of touch with the people. The more power they have, the bolder the schism between 'within-the-wall Kuwaitis' and 'outside-of-the-wall Kuwaitis'. Another thing is that quite a few of them are too secular for me to be comfortable with.
My initial thoughts were that I'd give half of my four votes to liberals whom I believe share my priorities and the other two votes to either Islamists or independents. A talk with a friend who shares some of my religious/political ideas made me unsure.
"Our parent's generation has fought too hard for you to be supporting hardline liberals," she said. Good point.
In the 60's Kuwaiti women (within-the-walls) were mocked if they chose to cover their hair.
It's a different situation now, over half of Kuwaiti women wear hijab (I heard that somewhere...but I'm not sure how true that it is).
But isn't the pendulum swinging to the other side now? Liberalism is making a comeback. Islamists had their big-break in the 80's and 90's which also saw the death of liberalism in Kuwait. (Liberals were Arab nationalists, post-occupation Kuwait saw the tides turning on them. More like a Tsunami.)
Should I be helping the pendulum swing to a place I'm more comfortable with?
What would that mean on a ballot?
As a Muslim what would be the right thing to do? Vote Islamists although I feel like they've lost the essence of Islam and are power-hungry politicians (not all). Or vote liberal to teach the Islamists a lesson and give them time to restructure their priorities and platform issues; despite lacking morals (again, some not all!).
* I hate that word. "Progressive". It's so presumptuous.
** "Breast-fed" bedouins are those who are still suckling at the country's teat. And don't ever want to be weaned. Demands include violating diwaniyas, KD 50 allowance...etc... Not all are bedouins actually. (Btw..dissing bedou is my prerogative.)