It's time to wax political again. Once more it has been suggested that I might take up the mantle of electee and run for a political place. I admit that, very rarely, I consider this idea seriously for but a moment, then reality kicks in. I couldn't betray myself and my ideals I don't think. How much of myself do I have to sacrifice anyways? Even if it is for the supposed "greater good", is it right that we ask of our leaders to betray their core principles? If they cannot even hold true to themselves, then how can they remain true to any of their promises? Anyhow, I digress back to a point earlier made.
Our political system is damaged, it's death throes are beginning to show. It is beyond repair, but in true Shakespearean fashion, it is taking it's time to bid all Adieu and exit stage left. This death-knell is what is needed, and should be encouraged and accelerated if possible. A new system of governance is needed, one where the elected officials are constantly reminded that they are not our overlords, but are the servants to the electorate. We need electees who have integrity, who are willing to listen and carry out the will of their electors, not career politicians who espouse fancy speeches, hollow promises, empty platitudes or hollow cliches. We need a system whereby the people have more say in the actions they wish their government to take, not to be led into disaster after disaster by attention starved photogenic morons or insidious, out of touch fools who think by contracting their name will make the bovine fecal matter spewed forth from their mouths believable. All this, of course, is achievable only on one condition.
For any change to take place, the electorate must desire it. The people must cast off their apathy and their backseat driver sniping comments in front of the television or behind the newspaper and actively engage in the running of their state. This Tory-led coalition has coined the term "Big Society" as part of the continuation of Thatcher's shambolic "Care in the Community" but, it can be appropriated into something unexpected; we, the great unwashed who are not the elitist 1%, can take this concept to it's ultimate conclusion. We can take back our country, demand our voices be hear and acknowledged, force the changes we wish to see and forge anew this nation in our own image.
For too long we have lain quiet, our silent assent from the dark night leaving open the opportunities for the uncaring, self-centred career politicians to rape and pillage our institutions, to lay waste to our rights and liberties. This should be the time when we stop letting them treat our outrages as nothing more than a 30 second TV news report or page 15 bottom corner by-line. Our financial system is in tatters, our political system just as morally bankrupt. Let us strike while the iron is hot, before the vulture swoop past for another meal. Let us deny them the opportunity to rebuild the system using the old playbooks, and begin writing a newer one, one where we learn from the lessons of the past and avoid them, one where we realise that Machiavelli's Prince was a satire, where Orwell's nightmare vision of 1984 was a warning. utopia it will not be, let us not delude ourselves, but it can be a beginning, one where we can be proud to leave the system to be improved by our children, and their children.
posted on 6:59am - April 29 2012 | posted by Nemo Metis
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