My closest friend is American, he used to support to Bernie Sanders, he told me that he was forced to choose for Hillary Clinton by “lesser evil” (the same argument, based on people, why people should choose Jokowi) assumption in the last election in his country. After Hillary loose and the strengthen of Donald Trump regimes, he often grumbling over the progressive group that decided not used their vote or golput as the one caused of Trump’s power.
Nowadays, he told me that America shows the wide phenomenon on pro-democracy solidarity that he never watched it before. Means, by the power of trump’s regime, caused two massive effects; 1.) strengthening the group solidarity; 2.) create the ‘established group’ of Democratic Party that should be rethought in candidate expulsion, this is caused by the loose of the vote in the last election.
In Indonesia 2014, the full endorsement by civil societies toward Jokowi-JK is contributing the big winning of them. However, after-election, several promises and commitments on democracy was abandoned. Indonesia’s democracy is stagnant or WORSED. What is the key that we took it from America before election 2019?
1.) The power of coalition that supports incumbent clearly underestimates the bargaining power of civil society in electoral alliance 2019. We are “creative class”, we don’t owe the massive potential, but we have abilities that cannot be underestimated in quantity.
2.) Based on the point number 1, the incumbent regimes hoped to get some support from this community. Meanwhile, they realise that half of this civil society already lose their interest on the incumbent candidate and choose to be golput. Now, they desperately control the public narration to give several scenarios in 2019 as same as 2014, no matter how bad is Jokowi it will be useful to vote him than Prabowo.
3.) In the same time, the incumbent over last 4,5 years, repeatedly insulting the public’s reason by pawning the values of democratic civilisation only for fear of confronting fundamentalist of Islamic groups and reactionary, anti-democratic organisations that are often backed up by the army. The calculations are clearly the fate of their electoral in 2019, so the principles of democracy have been trampled often to maintain power alone.
4.) Instantly, the first supporters group of the incumbent has recognised the anti-golput campaign, and ‘lesser evil’ narration is effectively used for those who support the incumbent ( ironically it comes from the pro-democratical group) that still believed in Jokowi. Meanwhile, after the trampling on the principles of democracy, they still have the support for the civil society groups, the incumbent is aware that the OFFERING of civil society is WEAK and the standard is LOW. Betrayed repeatedly his voice can still be used for a five-year electoral moment.
5.) This condition, learn from America, we should do another experiment. How if we declared our voice on #TinggalkanJokowi2019, let Prabowo and his fundamentalist community roled the power for next 5 years, and maybe at that time, they able to recreate the solidarity that scattered over this 4,5 years? Or golput cane be one of the solutions?
6.) Right now, let us show the coalition group on an incumbent that OUR VOTE AND ASPIRATION IS NOT CHEAP. Almost 5 years we got betray, don’t ever think that we can not scream. (Abdullah Bin Zed, Batch 2011)