Editorâ€™s note:This is a guest post from Danielle Edwards – a Literature and History student and an aspiring Journalist.
What an uncanny coincidence that this weekâ€™s posts have all been laced with political themes! Perhaps itâ€™s the inadvertent consequence of the omnipresent political influence of our global leaders. We just canâ€™t seem to get away from their decisions on the type of food we eat, our energy sources, matters of education and even our domestic lifestyle.
You must have noticed that politicians- from France to Latin America – all seem to share common characteristics. In fact it is clichÃ© that: â€˜all politicians are the sameâ€™. If you ever attempt to defend a politician, I dare say you would be â€˜putting your hands in fireâ€™.
There are 5 things you should know about all politicians. Iâ€™m no astrologer, so expect exceptions. But donâ€™t be surprised if there are none.
1.â€˜Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reasonâ€™. ~Author Unknown
The name Robert Mugabe comes to mind. He liberated Zimbabwe in the name of freedom- once dominated by racist and oppressive White people. Through his leadership, it became the â€˜bread basket of Africaâ€™. Today, heâ€™s still in control, uniting with thugs to persecute the opposition- and one U.S. dollar is worth $ 54217199510 Zimbabwe Dollars.
After all, diapers- unlike pampers- can be used after washing. In other words, Iâ€™m not suggesting that we do away with any politician for good- but leaders certainly need to be made aware of the fact that they can and should be replaced from time to time- something they often forget.
2.Politicians donâ€™t believe in loyalty- but they can only survive with yours.
Donâ€™t be surprised if the most principled politicians youâ€™ve ever met switch party allegiance to suit their means. They may proclaim to be the most ethical, decent and god-like creatures youâ€™ll ever meet. But when power hits the palate, itâ€™s a whole new ballgame.
Power isnâ€™t like a drug. It IS a drug. And itâ€™s addictive. Some people will do anything for drugs, and a politician will consider doing almost anything for power. So next time you dare to put your TRUST in a politician, think twice. Some of us canâ€™t trust our girlfriends, boyfriends, sisters, parents, in-laws, classmates weâ€™ve known for 10 years or even our children. So why are we so willing to trust politicians?
Some men change their party for the sake of their principles; others their principles for the sake of their party. ~Winston Churchill
Churchill knew what he was talking about. He was a politician too.
3.A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation. ~James Freeman Clarke, Sermon
Whether heâ€™s doing good or bad, a politician is always thinking of the next election. Bill and Hillary Clinton have shown the world just how much foresight lies within our politicians. Even when they canâ€™t run for the next general election, theyâ€™re paving the way for their wives and political cronies to win. That way, the well never runs dry.
So next time youâ€™re about to believe a politician who promises to fix all your countryâ€™s problems during his next term in office, remember that itâ€™s in his interest to fix none of those problems when elected. If there are no problems left to be fixed, there will be no need for any more politicians.
4.In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. ~Charles de Gaulle
Somehow, Iâ€™ve always had this ridiculous notion that a good politician should be a servant to his people- not a â€˜headâ€™ or â€˜masterâ€™ or â€˜chiefâ€™ or â€˜lordâ€™. And maybe if more people felt the way I do- and didnâ€™t lionize and idolize politicians, or clap for every single thing they said, or praise and adore them, or request that they fulfill their â€˜visionsâ€™ and â€˜dreamsâ€™ and do us favours and miracles, instead of jobs- they would probably act the part of a humble servant too.
I firmly believe that if we donâ€™t treat politicians like they are any â€˜greater than usâ€™, they will inevitably have difficulty acting like they are. We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. ~Stewart Udall
5.Politicians are supposed to pull the wool over our eyes.
Have you ever wondered how Germans living 65 years ago could declare that they were oblivious to the fact that over 6 million of their neighbours were being forced into concentrations camps and crushed in gas chambers overnight? Or why politicians are always so opposed to the media?
Theyâ€™re supposed to trick us. It can be mathematically explained:
Knowledge = Power
Politicians + All the Knowledge = Politicians with All the Power
But luckily, God gave us eyes to see through politicians, ears to hear the lies, noses to smell a rat, tongues to taste the sweetness of democracy and bitterness of oppression, a brain to think for ourselvesâ€¦ and hands to vote.
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