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Democracy and Politicians

08 April 2014, 10:11

As a citizen of a democratic country I feel that any party, no matter who they are, have the right to freedom of speech. This being said, I feel that ALL parties should also to the best of their knowledge speak the truth and not just tell the people what they want to hear. And most importantly, parties should be held accountable for their actions.

Unfortunately there are certain issues that arises from this, which I will get to in a moment.

Definition of: Politician

1:  a person experienced in the art or science of government; especially: one actively engaged in       conducting the business of a government

2a :  a person engaged in party politics as a profession

2b :  a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons

1. a person who is active in party politics.

2. a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles.

3. a person who holds a political office.

4. a person skilled in political government or administration; statesman or stateswoman.

5. an expert in politics or political government.

Now referring to def. 2b in the first quote and 2a in the second quote, it is abundantly clear that politicians are associated with, shall we say primarily power struggle’s...

Which leads to:

Definition of: Democracy

 1a :  government by the people; especially :  rule of the majority

  b :  a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections

2: a political unit that has a democratic government

3: capitalized : the principles and policies of the Democratic party in the United States

4:  the common people especially when constituting the source of political authority

5:  the absence of hereditary or arbitrary class distinctions or privileges

1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

2. a state having such a form of government: The United States and Canada are democracies.

3. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.

4. political or social equality; democratic spirit.

5. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.

In both above mentioned quotes we see the first point as: “Government by the people”

So, this leads me to believe that if we, the people and no matter what our background and racial references, choose to vote, we are in fact in good sense voting for a person that with reference to be a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power  than about maintaining principles.

Is this really so far from the truth? Has this not been seen for decades passed? Is this not the current affairs that we find ourselves in? Common sense would at some stage need to take hold, however we just don’t allow it to.

People of colour: Black, Indian, Coloured, even Chinese and a whole lot of other mixed cultures. WHO ever decided that it should be put like that must please be handed some kind of prize, as this has been used for every past discrimination in South Africa’s history.

Whites, also a colour, is blamed for Apartheid... This is in fact very true, as it was the whites that institutionalised it. Def: establish (something, typically a practice or activity) as a convention or norm in an organization or culture).

However, is it known to the general population that the pass laws, and in fact segregation, not Apartheid, in general were in fact implemented by the British? I guess not. Also people keep on hammering on the word Apartheid... Another Afrikaans word with so much hatred linked to it. What is the difference between segregation and Apartheid? And yes there are subtle differences before everyone gets on the bandwagon, but the core component is the same: Non Whites vs Whites ... Nie Blankes en Blankes.

However, that fact is useless as it was a white government that spoke Afrikaans that perfected the Apartheid system.

Some of you at this point may ask where the first mentioned definitions and the just above history lesson meet each other? Well it is actually quite simple.

Apartheid regime (NP):

“a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles.”

Post-Apartheid regime (ANC):

“a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles.”

Is this not the bottom line? NP (old) vs ANC vs DA vs Agang vs EFF vs a hundred other parties...

Is this not our failure as the people of the country. We read about, and hear about all the promises all the parties are currently making. Are promises not measured by past successes and failures. Are they not measured by how the people were served instead of the politician got served?

To be honest, I think we really deserve what we (and this is not a colour thing, this is a South African thing) as people (the all inclusive rainbow nation) in South Africa currently have. We deserve high crime, corruption, poor education, unemployment, poor living conditions, little to no sanitation, some – little to no power, poor SABC programs, poor road infrastructure, poor transport infrastructure, high food prices, high inflation, high interest rates.

We deserve this, as we have a democratic system: a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections.

This is OUR doing. We all voted. And 5 years from now we will be in the same, if not worse situation, because WE CHOOSE to be there... Good luck to both the ANC and DA, as well as the other parties out there asking for you vote, no begging for your vote. Just remember that when voting it is not for a black or white party, it is for a better future...for all not just for some, supposed to be.

So be careful before you squander you vote on the 7th of May 2014, when you elect the next politician, however some may say pick the lesser of two evils.

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