Tuesday, July 5, 2022

‘Just an opinion’

They get into power, eat fancy foods, drive latest models and forget all about their promises to me.

Over the last 10 years, I have watched them talk, listened and seen them; I have witnessed a growing trend favouring re-election, either consecutive or alternate, of politicians. If we add the attempts to hold on to power or to return to it via relatives (children and brothers), it turns out that few have actually left the political stage, while many others are trying to continue or even return to office by hook or by crook.

Funny though how I still find people voting for them, same people over and over again, what I call the “re-election” fever or, maybe, the personalization of politics.

Truth is that nothing is as dangerous as allowing one single citizen or party to remain in power for a long time, because the people grow used to obeying him and he gets used to ruling them, resulting in usurpation and tyranny. But do we see it that way as the youth?

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truth less ideals that have been instilled into them. Each time they come into contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded. How many of us are sleeping with our degree certificates in between the mattress?

When a political leader and or a party starts thinking that he is indispensable and that he cannot be substituted, a small dictatorship is born. Is this what we might be headed to, when they say “gaba kitla bare kgona”, (they will never beat us). The statement means so much, I for one personally think it means ruling forever, but is that a good thing.

I don’t believe our current government is by the people, of the people, and for the people. This is the only valid government regardless of how it is achieved. Our government, looking at it very generously, is by the people through their elected representatives, of the elected representatives, and it is for people according to what the elected representatives think the people want.

Elected representative translates to “politician” in this day and age. At this point, I shouldn’t have to say more about our political system; it should all be self evident from the words “career politician.”

But I will.

“A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves,” said Edward R. Murrow, the famed late American journalist.

The reason why most of us may not be voting is simple: why should we, if it has no positive impact whatsoever on our lives? Ultimately, in a gross philosophical sense, the motivation for not voting is the same as the one for voting. People say they vote to make a political statement, to have a say in things (albeit indirectly). I say not voting is making an equally valid political statement, but one that is made about the whole system, not just a candidate.

Basically, all that I am saying is that politicians and diapers have one thing in common, they both should be changed regularly and for the same reason.


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