WESTERN POLITICIANS: COWED, UNFIT FOR PURPOSE & COVERING THEIR ARSES
The alternative to politicians is unclear. Perhaps it’s the nature of combative politics that’s at fault rather than the people themselves of course.
Though western mainstream media comment freely concerning the Chinese government I’m willing to bet you have almost never heard the same kind of ego-fuelled idiocy and mendacity that is commonplace in the West.
It isn’t simply the constant carping that’s the problem or the intrigues, back-stabbing and internecine warfare, although none of that helps. In my view, the most major problems arise with what has famously been called ‘being economical with the truth’.
If you live in the West let me ask you this simple question:
How many politicians can you name that you can say you trust, one to tell the truth no matter what and two, to manage your country well?
There is a well-known syndrome that may or may not have been given a name. It’s where a politician keeps constantly to a specific narrative, always holds firm to what the current establishment view is and backs his seniors all the way… until he or she retires and then we hear a completely different story.
Only in his or her subsequent memoirs when he or she has little or nothing to lose do we get a chance to hear something like the honest truth. We then hear the doubts about this or that policy and the criticism about this or that politician or leader that he or she was afraid to voice previously.
While in office certain narratives are agreed upon and loyalty is expected from all concerned. There are heavy penalties for those stepping out of line. Take Tulsi Gabbard for instance. I am willing to bet you haven't heard much or anything about her for quite a while now. Her reputation was meticulously taken to pieces because she decided her conscience would not let her remain silent about what was happening in Syria.
Tulsi Gabbard was made an example of for being candid, for speaking her mind and pointing out certain things that almost all other politicians across the USA would not touch with a barge pole. There is safety in numbers so why raise your head above the parapet, why rock the boat and any other metaphors that indicate your duty is to cover your arse rather than truly serve the interests of the people you represent or take your share of responsibility for the effects of your nation’s foreign policy.
Currently, there are two particular nations that require to be treated as global pariahs if you wish to maintain yourself in good standing in the USA, UK and EU. These are China and Russia. You do this quite irrespective of any facts. It is extremely unlikely that you make ANY investigation of any actual facts concerning these nations. You know which way the wind is blowing and that’s ALL you need to know. Why piss into the wind, right?
This is the feature of western politics that in my mind is the most heinously irresponsible and potentially lethal to millions. Keeping your head down, making sure you mouth the right criticisms, nod that lowered head solemnly when some elite western official tells you of how ‘aggressive’ and/or dangerous China and Russia are… even though you’ve seen not the slightest piece of evidence… you just keep nodding and snarling on queue.
For year after year, the charade of asserted wrongdoing has gone on in a relentless fashion until you could be forgiven that between them Putin and Jinping created the common cold between them. This despite no evidence being shown of any wrongdoing of any major kind. Meanwhile all the politicians I mention above find western intervention not even worthy of an eyeblink. Hundreds of thousands can die, millions be displaced, entire regions fractured and Mr, Mrs and Ms Politician in the West apparently have little (and usually nothing) to say.
Except, as they cast their eyes down on the hymn sheet of views handed down from above, to say how terrible are China and Russia.