I’m Wide Awake in a “Political Nightmare”!

2016-11-02 09:34

I often get that creepy feeling that I’m experiencing a nightmare – only that it’s a political nightmare, and I’m wide awake!

I think that I get this feeling because I’ve become conscious of the very mixed and confusing messages emanating from certain of our politicians.

I say “mixed and confusing” because these politicians are so often saying one thing, and then doing, or supporting, an entirely different thing.

Our politics is becoming quite surreal – for example, we’re seeing the public and the media talking quite OPENLY about ‘state capture’ by named individuals/groups … and yet, bar a few concerned citizens/politicians, nothing appears to be done to stop it.

The individuals/groups, alleged to be involved in ‘state capture’, appear to be “untouchables” to many of those in/close to power!

Can you imagine the suggestion of ‘state capture’ being made during the early years of our democracy – in the Mandela or Mbeki eras? I certainly can’t – it simply wasn’t an issue, at all, back then!

And now we watch whilst our country, and its economy, is being quite openly sacrificed on the altar of self-enrichment by a privileged few!

The crass behaviour of some of our leaders now appears to be becoming the norm!

We see the ‘rational’ becoming the ‘irrational’, and the ‘unacceptable’ becoming the ‘acceptable’.

We see billions of Rand being wiped off the total value of our stock exchange in a single day – and that, of course, means billions of Rand being wiped off our citizens’ retirement investments in a single day – all because of highly reckless and self-serving decisions being made by certain politicians, or their proxies … and we just watch!

Our universities are getting trashed … and we just watch!

Our economy is on the verge of being rated downwards to “junk status” … and we just watch!

Our SOE’s, like ESKOM, the SABC and SAA, are costing us taxpayers billions of Rand … and we just watch!

So how can we end this nightmare … this feeling of being paralysed and helpless??

Well, as a starting-point, we should consider this well-known quote:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. (Edmund Burke, an Irish political philosopher).

So, that’s telling us, very wisely, that we need to raise our voices and, importantly, speak as one!

But I believe that before being able to effectively speak as one, we need to address what I call “racial politics” ie where race, by and large, determines political allegiance and support for certain political parties/leaders.

I believe that we, as a nation, will always have problems when people blindly support those of their own race, be they in the right or in the wrong!

Unless this attitude is changed, we will continue to have great difficulty in ending this nightmare that we’re currently experiencing!

“Racial politics” and, with it, the “closing of ranks” to protect one’s own, is often having the (perhaps unintended) effect of protecting those who are harming our country!

We need to put racial differences/prejudices aside and unite, as one, in order to take our nation out of its “death-dive” and put it back on course to being a peaceful and successful nation.

The priority must be to grow the SA economy to provide more jobs for our people, and therefore with more people available to provide the taxes required to help the nation’s poor and unemployed.

If we fail to unite as one, in order to do this, our children and grandchildren will inherit a proverbial wasteland.

It’s clearly an “all-hands-on-deck” situation!

Put racial differences/issues aside - identify what is wrong in our land, and speak out very loudly (but peacefully!) in condemning it – EVEN IF ITS BEING PERPETRATED BY PEOPLE OF ONE’S OWN RACE AND/OR POLITICAL PURSUASION – the stakes are too high to do otherwise!

South Africa first!

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