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|Lately when reading the forums, the editorials and opinion pieces, by real journalists and amateur writers and even the trolls, I have noticed a hardening of fronts when it comes to politics in SA, constructive arguments rarely being part of it. |
I have thought about this a long time, wondering what happened that we have come to a point where we really don't want to listen any more. We have made up our mind, and arguments seem to run in circles. Most of the time, good arguments are made, but important factors that seem inconvenient to admit or even mention properly, are either dismissed, barely insinuated, or completely omitted.
There are articles out there that talk about our state of education and low number of black graduates due to finances etc, but forget to mention the ANCs part in lowering school standards to increase pass rates, leaving young people ill prepared for tertiary education.
There are stories about racial tirades and emails from some of the DAs members going public, stating that this is the proof that its a white party, but fails to mention the almost weekly racial attacks of the current ANC government.
The other day I read an article by a young black columnist, writing an article trying to tell us, that all white people earn thousands of rand daily (so obviously wrong it hurts) for doing nothing, but not in the slightest mentions the billions being sucked away in corruption of the government.
It happens on both "sides" though, the DA being what it is: a political party that has its own agenda.
Ill be the first to admit that the current government is a problem, but I will always listen with an open mind, provided proof and decency is part of the discussion. Take Pierre de Vos for instance. Though I may not always agree with his articles, especially when he goes out on a white apologist rant, but at least there is proper argumentation and mostly an explanation of why the author believes what he is writing.
He has become an important indicator when it comes to constitutional topics in this country and for that the man has my respect.
What I just don't understand from most media contributors, be it professional or amateur, is the total lack of arguing both sides. Yes, it has come to a point, where most of the educated middle class (irrespective of race) that is not connected to the ruling party, can no longer apologize for the current atrocities of the ANC.
Yet still there are people out there that prefer to take a simplistic view: "its all your fault, we have nothing to do with the problems we have right now."
Whether this entails the usual "its been 20 years since apartheid so get over it" or "all our problems come from apartheid" I think if we are all honest with ourselves, we must admit it is both.
But there is one major difference: Apartheid is over and there is no way to correct it. One may be able to equalize and correct the consequences, but it cannot be changed. The corrupt government however is currently in power, and they are siphoning huge amounts of money right now.
To make things worse, the only way to correct the afore mentioned consequences is through money.
Money for education, money for grants, money for houses. The very same money that is disappearing.
Therefore, if we fix the corruption, there is a chance we can at least alleviate the consequences of apartheid. Its not a hard argument, yet I will bet that someone will comment that its all wrong and the current government is innocent on all charges.
And it is the ANCs attempt, to make us believe that their own corruption and ALL problems are caused by racism and apartheid, that makes people so unrelenting and uncompromising when it comes to the ANC and almost anything that comes from their mouths.
After reading some of freedom charter, looking at the NDP and some of the ANC history, I have come to realize that it is not the ANC that is at fault, but a combination of bad apples and intimidation tactics, as well as the inability to take ANY criticism, that is the key problem.
It is the fact that Pule and others that have actually been caught red handed, either face no consequences or mere slaps on the wrist, that raise my contempt for the government.
It is the arrogance of etolls, the whole spytape saga including complete lack of respect for the constitution of Zuma personally, that makes me question anything the ANC utters.
It is the hypocrisy that the real money makers and mine owners seem to not be touched for selfish gains of the political elite that negates any moral statement that is made by them.
It is Nkandla and the disrespect towards a whole country, that makes me have nothing but contempt for our so called president.
None of this seems to appear when I read anything from any ANC cadres or most young writers that support the ANC; it is as if all these problems are just a figment of our imagination.
I am sure that this exists for the DA to, and I welcome anyone to bring up these topics, provided there is proof and yes, decency, something that is disappearing rapidly.
Reading another article about all the misdeeds of the DA in the Western Cape, there was almost no real evidence, and some of the info presented was easily disproved by simple googling. An article like that can only serve one purpose: propaganda...and for me one of the few excuses to call people on treating us readers like idiots, to respond a little more earnest...but again, no racial tirades, no direct insults!
So what's my point you may ask?
We have come to a point, where we no longer discuss anything. Most of the time, accusations fly, followed by insults about anything from race to intelligence. I have attempted this, maybe to see if there is anyone still out there that will discuss views, possibly trying to add constructive ideas to our collective thoughts.
I am going to try this....I may not always succeed, but as things stand now, we are in a viscous circle of accusations, insults and sometimes, absolute stupidity.
Finally be aware that your contributions have an impact, positive or negative. If you state that all whites are rich and get free handouts on the backs of the poor black population, or write about how all blacks are corrupt to the core, you are feeding racial tension, and that makes you part of the problem, not the solution.