As a non-Christian, I still found this article about the lack of good people in politics very thought provoking.
It’s easy to believe that if only more good people entered politics, they would easily clear many of their rivals, of their votes. The Trumphet
blames end time prophercy for our predicament, and that’s where I started thinking of the other reasons…
1. TV and Power Certainly Mix, but Does TV & Democracy?
Both the English and American democracies became democratic many decades, before television, became a major force of influence (in the
And it (just so happens) nearly all, the major heroes (I could list from the top of my head) (and I suspect many other people could too!) rose to
power, either without the use of telivision at all, or with it only being a small addition to their long climb.
For example one can liken…
President Lincon to George Washington,
Washington to Winston Churchill
Churchill to Admiral, Lord Nelson
And Nelson Mandelia can be likend to Martain Luther King
But who in government today would you liken to these great men? (And maintain a straight face!)
2. Too Much Information
Perhaps TV is just making the public more informed of the faults of our leaders?
E.g. Winston Churchill was the first man to want to gas the Kurds (back in the 1920’s occuptauion of Iraq)
"I do not understand this squeamishness about the use of gas. I am strongly in favour of using gases against uncivilised tribes."--Winston S
Churchill, Great Britain’s then Colonial Secretary, referring to the Kurds, in an official communication, 1921
He was also very racist, pro nationalistic,
"I do not admit that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America or the black people of Australia by the fact that a stronger
race has come in and taken their place."--Winston S Churchill
exophobic, homophobic, (and very free spirited, in how he talked and thought!).
He went down in history as a hero, because without him (as leader) the British war effort against Nazi Germany may well, have ended in a truce. After
all Germany was (itself) far stronger than us; and it was acturally 3 years into our war, that their empire peaked in 1942 (having conquered France,
and most of Russia-Europe in the meantime!).
But (as a British Jew) there can be no doubt Churchill had every incentive to fight. After all, even with a truce, he (and his entire race) would
still have faced the long-term threat of descrimination, deportation and even death, by “British” political actions, sponsored (or perhaps even
ultimately demanded) by the Nazi Germany. For Churchill there was no choice.
However given many of these things aren’t widely known today, could it be (that providing he learnt to keep his mouth shut) these views wouldn’t
necesasarily hinder a Modern Churchill today?
3. Media Agenda Driven, Political Correctness, Demanded from Our Representatives
It’s the “providing you keep your mouth shut” element that provides the first telivision test against candiates having any morality. I believe
that (because Churchill believed himself to be a good in mind & intent) he would not have kept his mouth shut. If so, he would today be branded a
racist, nationalist and therefore told the only party where he could expect to win support is the BNP.
The problem with good people is we are relucant to make “the end” justify “the means”. Today all of politics is built around deception, and we
see it almost every time a politican “answers” a question.
Almost by definition, A-moral people have little problem surrendering their beliefs in exchange for gain (like towards, power!)
And whenenever someone resighns out of conscience, a consequence is that they leave future wrongs, to be made without their oversight-influence.
The lesson of Mikhail Gorbachev…
Gorbachev was the Russian leader who destroyed Soviet Communism by saying he supported it (and just wanted to reform it). Then once in power, he
planned the replacment of Soviet Communism with experiments into both democracy and Capitalism. The idea of change, provoked a brief, military coup,
against him. But these conspirators lacked popular support, and had clearly failed when President Yeltsin made a pro-reform speech above one their
Tanks (evidently with the full support of its crew!!). And said:
"Soldiers, officers, generals. The clouds of terror and dictatorship are
gathering over the whole country. They must not be allowed to bring eternal night."
Thanks to the Soviet conspirators, both the Cold War, and Soviet Union ended in chaos. But had Gorachev not been unlawfully overthrown, he would
almost have certainly ended both the Cold War, and the Soviet Communism anyway.
Gorbachev & Yeltsin became heroes, not by resighning, or by resorting to terrorism-illeagle activity. Instead they did it by having the nerve to
participate in what they opposed, in order to change-progress it. Surely a lessen for us all?
What other obstacles to good people in power, does this forum see?