Friends, you may think that every politician sees you as a powerful arbiter of their fate. In fact, this animal more accurately represents how you are regarded by politicians world-wide.
You will note four things: The first is that the animal is blindfolded and is therefore unable to see what is going on. This can be achieved with people rather simply. Just tell lies. It doesn't matter how big the lies are because few are going to check the facts and, even if they do and you are caught out, few people will remember. One monumental lie that stands out in my memory is that Iraq had nuclear missiles which could reach Australia and we were at risk.
Another method of blindfolding is to get into bed with the media barons. The media then acts as an unofficial P.R. unit for any government that enables it to increase its profit. It does this by softening its reporting on the favoured Party and vigorously attacking the Opposition. Another way to blindfold is to wrap yourself in the national flag, join in invasions and occupations in a small way, talk incessantly about terrorists and repeatedly tell the sheep how you are protecting them.
The second thing to notice is that the animal is begging. Voters, forgetting that the government is using their money to fund their activities, become beholden to the government for handouts, usually in the form of tax relief or increases in things like child-care allowances, medical insurance rebates, etc. At election time people look to see which party is going to offer the biggest reward.
The third major thing to notice is that the animal is standing on a very thin, narrow surface and is at risk of toppling down. That is the nature of democracy. It is fragile and insubstantial.
The forth thing, and perhaps the most worrying, is that the animal, for small rewards, has allowed itself to be totally controlled by its handlers.
Voters should remember that the steel cage of despotism and Big Brother is never far away!