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A little girl asked her father, “Do all fairy tales begin with ‘Once upon a time’”? The father replied, ‘No, some begin with – If I am elected!”
Since the past month or so “If I am elected” fairy tale has begun to resonate in the American media. It’s fascinating, alluring, disconcerting and stale to observe the debate over the TV channels. The hopefuls for the Presidency amongst the Republican’s for most part are obviously placating their voters in most ingratiating manner they possibly can; the extreme right to the Tea Party enthusiasts, the not so extremist to the liberals within the Party. The sum and substance of their fallaciousness being, down with the incumbent; Better days will follow! “In politics, absurdity is not a handicap!” Napoleon Bonaparte.
Samuel Johnson made the famous pronouncement that, “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” on the evening of April 7, 1775; facing a deluge of protests, he clarified; it’s for those with ‘false patriotism’ and yet the protests continued. An unknown bright spark saved the day and Samuel Johnson;” Politics is the last resort for fools and scoundrels,” he/she modified the phrase and this has come to stay ever since, politician’s muted protests notwithstanding. Although, a handful counted on finger tips for their stature and contributions are known and addressed as statesmen and leaders to segregate their presence from the rest.
Some use the word “politics” to describe the process so well, “Poli” in Latin meaning “many” and “tics” meaning “bloodsucking creatures”; I am certain the description has universal appeal! But then in a democracy the politicians are institutionally permitted to indulge in politics and we are constitutionally obliged to assist them. A dichotomy? Nothing alarming, ever since Pluto or may be earlier we the masses have been at the receiving end and accepting and continue to do so. To an extent exposures and media have restricted the politicians but then again, their methods do change and the story remains the same, bloodsucking continues.
How so ever that I may wish or desire I cannot become a politician by any stretch of imagination. As per a report circulated by National Association of Chiefs of Police from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Behavioral Analysis Unit,” a politician is one who has superficial charm, an exaggerated sense of self-worth, glibness, lying, lack of remorse and manipulation of either lack of remorse and/or guilt, shallow affect, a lack of empathy, and failure to accept responsibility. The lifestyle behaviors include stimulation-seeking behavior, impulsivity, irresponsibility, parasitic orientation, and a lack of realistic life goals. While not exhibiting physical violence, many political leaders display varying degrees of anger, feigned outrage and other behaviors. They also lack what most consider a “shame” mechanism. Quite simply, most serial killers and many professional politicians must mimic what they believe, are appropriate responses to situations they face such as sadness, empathy, sympathy, and other human responses to outside stimuli.”
The comparison to a serial killer is significant; in a nutshell the Report possibly signifies that the politician may not be serial killers in reality but they are psychopaths in essence! Are we ruled by a bunch of psychopaths who could have a changeover for the worse? Viewing as an insignificant individual it appears to me as farfetched, but again the past underscores my assumption; the World Wars, the Korean War, The Vietnamese war, the Arab Israeli Wars, The Gulf Wars, The Indo Pak wars and so on are a manifestation of mindset of serial killing on an enormous scale. Who ordered them? The politicians! The strong arguments for doing so are well archived and non-judgmental.
Democracy breeds and needs politicians; like a subaltern with a baton in his knapsack aspiring to be a general, the politician aims and struggles to attain power to rule and govern. However unlike the subaltern who is guided and follows a well tried and tested set of rules, regulations and traditions, the politician uses and devices any and all means to attain his goals. The checks and balances and the pressure and pulls do significantly affect his march, but they do not hamper him from using short cuts and illegalities that enhance his stride towards his goal. We have seen these bizarre phenomena not only in India but world over.
Do we accept status quo in silence? Do we have any alternative? I have no answers. Do you?