Election Year is Here

A butterfly was on its’ way to the heavens when a human hand slapped it and on some cracked pavement it crashed. Someone walked over it, the sole that crashed its soul. People were marching. Undoubtedly, Election Year.

The tension in the government translates itself in the unbearable intensity of the heat. Celebrities get pushed aside as the spotlight stretches itself to accomodate all key players of the parliament. Everyone’s ears are tuned to hear the latest gossip about the possible candidates. Comedians, commentators and commoners such as myself, forced to substitute afternoons of uselessness only to replace them with more uselessness, only this time in portions of speeches accompanied by the national anthem.

It’s Election Year.

Promising posters otherwise pretentious to people who dare pose a question. Aspiring journalists scampering and scurrying arround for scandals. Reports and results; riots and fights allegedly out of the blue arising.

Election Year.

Opposition parties opposing the essence of  competition, formulating speeches on some other party’s bad behaviour, forgetting to highlight why they would be the expected kind of saviour. Voters selling their votes, selling themselves short to the first who offers them a bottle of water. After all, it’s hot!

And it’s Election Year.

Free merchandising being thrown to the people. Clothes with the candidate’s smiling faces, covering ragged hearts of people whose space to have a say has been ripped away.

Election Year.

Exciting time. For me, at least. Me, I watch the commotion, comtemplate the noise and the baby-kissing elder-hugging politicians, the people-loving understanding missions that these people preach and watch… as it all unfolds, after I finally, for the first time, get to cast my vote!

Election Year… is here!



The reality

It finally happened. Sooner than I expected, too. Sitting in my Politics lecture, I was finally accused of “being into authoritarianism”, after publicly challenging the concept of Democracy.

Isn’t University a “platform for academic debate”? Well, I thought so too. What I didn’t think is that a few questions would lead to such a statement. Me! I’m all for liberty, human rights, freedom, etc, etc.

Being free is nice. Believing we’re free is even better. However we must be realistic and assess the effectiveness of this Democracy we keep singing about. Countless conflicts have been going on, millions of people have been dying, all in the name of “democratisation”.

I’m not saying countries should bow down to their authoritarian regimes and remain ignorant as to what’s outside the cave, but the concept of “fighting for peace”, “dying for peace”, grinds my gears just a bit.

Let us take Northern Africa for example. The Arab Spring, which has really never ended, aimed to break free from the authoritarian regimes that had been in place thus far. Which I agree with. I do want to see my fellow africans free to exercise their liberty. But I remember sitting through a talk on Africa’s political context, and someone had a good point, “who says Democracy is the best regime for Africa?” Does anyone take the time to consider such a question? Or does it seem too ridiculous that Democracy may simply not be the best solution in a specific case?

I get that Democracy “works” in the USA and why they’d want to spread it all over. Thanks, Captain America, saving the day as always. But Africa is not America. We have a different history, a different way of doing things. There are social, anthropological, you name it, differences. And all these factors should be taken into consideration, before we start invading countries, waving our superhero flags and saving the world from “the conservatives”.

I’m sure the Greeks were genuine when they came up with Direct Democracy and self-government and all those really fancy philosophies, but as I see it, we have not yet proven to be fit enough to govern ourselves. And although giving power to the people sounds beautiful and is very politically correct, the 51% might just happen to be a bunch of people sitting around playing Angry Birds and not caring about what’s happening in Syria!

That said, I’m not into authoritarianism. I just don’t trust the people with the power. (in that case, us)