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Prophets of Politics

 Fidel Castro with Nikita Khrushchev.
Fidel Castro with Nikita Khrushchev.

Owing to the longstanding (now boring) standoff between politicians, leading to anxiety, suffering and educational & economic & social losses among the mass, also known as voters, remotely these days as 'people', there is a growing wholesale abhorrence against politicians and their profession (it has come to that) even if the fault lies with one group or the other.
Also, this criticism of BOTH parties and sometimes their leaders, seldom the two alliances of largely signboard entities, is a novel way to show one's neutrality, which one is definitely not. Usually, when one know that one's supported party/ leader/alliance is at fault, that person conveniently switches to the 'neutral' mode because one is then defenceless. So, in these trying days and nights, if you come across more people towing the neutral line, you can be sure that they have discovered that one of the parties/leaders/alli-ances is now more at fault.
The wrong doings however do not stop the 'spoons' (English for chamoch), often disguised as talk show guests, to keep on supporting their party/leader/alliance of belief, and faith is always blind. The talk shows continue to fill up air time with misinformation (politer way of saying 'lies') by ill-educated knowledge sinners, dubbed sarcastically as intellectuals by again the mass, the voters, and the 'source' of all power; whatever it may mean in political jingo, in the real world 'source' translates into 'informer'. Several of them are killed each year by the wielders of power.
Those of you interested to continue to be entertained by jugglery of words, twisting of sentences, and misusing of facts at such shows, where nowadays some hosts are also rolling the neutral ball, this is a request from those of us who are 'retired hurt' to make a hard list of the predictions and commitments of these talk showman/woman and catch them by the scruff of their neck in the coming months when they will fail in their commitment/s and/or their predictions shall fail.
These prophets of politics, including some politicians, after their exposure, should be banned first from televised talk shows and then from politics for three years and finally from seeking public office for five years. That may, just may, deter them from vomiting in full public view late each evening all that they do not digest.
Another improvement could actually be initiated by the TV channels, which should not invite a guest more than once in three months. In that way the guest would lose his/her status as an 'intellectual', whatever that means.
Television channels, present and future, yes there are several in the gutter line, should record, transcribe and publish every word that their guests utter, so that in the court of law it can be shown as evidence when indeed they file a lawsuit for not being called thrice every week.
A good friend emailed me some quotations on 'politics' and the people involved in it that may shed a lot of light on what others think of them. In fact a politician has these same opinions about his/her opponents; only he does not believe that his/her opponents believe likewise.
Here we go:
"Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other."
—Oscar Ameringer, "the Mark Twain of American Socialism."
"I offered my opponents a deal: 'if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them".
—Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952.
"A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country."
—Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman
"I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."
—Charles de Gaulle, French general & politician
"Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks."
—Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981)
“We hang petty thieves and appoint the bigger thieves to public office.”
—Aesop, Greek slave & fable author

"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber."
—Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher
"Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river."
—Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician
"When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become PM; I'm beginning to believe it."
—Quoted in 'Clarence Darrow for the Defense' by Irving Stone.
“Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.”
—John Quinton, American actor/writer
"When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes. When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land."
— Desmond Tutu

P.S. Every now and then do watch a talk show, if only to make you believe what a wonderful person you are.

Have a great 2014!

Published: 12:00 am Friday, January 03, 2014

Last modified: 7:03 pm Friday, January 03, 2014

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