Fez – In Morocco many commoners naively think that being a politician is easier than being a lawyer, an engineer, a teacher or a doctor. The concept of politics is often misunderstood and most of the time is interpreted as a means of social climbing and economic evolution.
The issue, however, is not how to be a politician and make a fortune behind it, but how to not become a silly joke or a childish toy. It is time to bid farewell to politics and declare the death of politicians and their cheap products that are sold in second-hand shops.
Politicians are like some women who use make-up to beautify themselves and hide their natural features. Their camouflage, however, is futile, since everyone can see it clearly. Indeed, many politicians have gained a huge fortune due to their tricky principles and false ethical morals—but these are no more than commercial slogans to be consumed by common people.
The notion of opposition in the West is completely different from the one in which we believe. The difference is that in Western countries, opposition means controlling the executive power of the government through the application of political programs, the agenda and strategies that were promised to the people in electoral campaigns. Once they win the election, Western politicians embark on carrying out these promises.
The spirit of “We the People, from the People, to the People” is deeply ingrained in the Western way of thinking and becomes a daily practice. Citizens are elected to serve their community and embody the philosophies and objectives highlighted in their political parties’ programs.
in Morocco, the spirit is, “We the People, from the People, to the Elite.” Our so-called “representatives” are more interested in elitism, and the last thing that comes to their minds is the oppressed, downtrodden class. I still say, and shall go on saying, that when you are in Morocco, do not be astonished or surprised at our tameness, domesticity, and subjugation to the rules of the political game. We are easily manipulated and governed by emotions, particularly when it comes to political preaching.
Take for example the last popular slogan of the so-called Arab Spring: corruption. It was the compelling force that drove thousands of people to take part in the 20th February Movement and protest in almost all cities, declaring, “the People want the collapse of corruption.”
Corruption is a commercial product that is fabricated, packaged and advertised by the political groceries to lure and grab the attention of voters; this tactic is not new, but it has lived for decades in political parties’ shelves, and they resort to it whenever appropriate. But fighting corruption was there—hidden, stifled, and suffocated by the power of human nature and innateness.
It is time to say enough is enough. Leftists, conservatives, communists, extremists and liberals should stop selling fake illusions because people are no longer naïve: they are starting to measure and evaluate things on the ground, rather than words on the page.
We need to be the People, from the People, to the People, and not to the Elite.
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