In the past week we were witnessing an interesting episode in the unrelenting speed with which our civilized world is declining. And no, I am not even referring to Elton John parading his non-synthetic child in front of willing and wheeling cameras, nor about a real or tricked Greek middle finger in a German tv show. In the end, they are only side struggles, interesting only for the synthesized media community.
Instead I am talking about the aftermath of the Israeli elections. Indeed, two facts are highly relevant for understanding how far we have wandered away from essential democracy and honest-enough politics.
First, the US government blamed Netanyahu for having stolen the election by stating that those who would vote for him could rest assured that there would come no two-state solution. Apparently that simple, non-clouded nor cloaked, easy-to understand statement drove many more people in Israel to vote for him than the pollsters had forecast (for weeks on end). Lots of Israelis must have switched their intended vote in favor of such a policy overbight. How more democratic can an election be? A majority of people in Israel ostensibly want a prime minister that proposes a solution for their troubles that does not include a two-state framework. Moreover, many Israelis must have thought that this particular issue - the shape of the state of Israel - trumps all others, including economic issues.
Surprise starts when the US government, on the “morning-after”, did not lose time to denounce this last minute statement of Netanyahu as a disgraceful “tactic”, and destructive for the democratic ideal and process! While the United States in general, and its political scene in particular, is undoubtedly the most advanced nation in the world in practicing speech fabrication (in the White House with TelePrompter) and inventing truth-proof spinning, it is difficult for a neutral observer to arrive at any other conclusion than the fact Netanyahu made a simple, “unspun” statement. And many people in Israel said “yes”, yes we understand and we want it that way. One might call this a populist slogan (born out of despair perhaps), but one cannot deny its democratic merit: not money or defamation of opponents, nor clever redrawing of electoral boundaries have gotten Netanyahu his majority, but an easy-to-understand proposition. Democracy in action, even though our European or American self-anointed standard bearers of “Democracy” do not like it.
Surely, the second fact brings us back to basics. Indeed, a day (or two) later, Netanyahu – perhaps not coincidentally on US television – returns to the fold of politics as usual by constructing a statement that creates and leaves some room between “yes-two-sates” and “no-two-states”. To stay in the spirit of the Promised Land, it sounds now like: many settlements are perhaps not in Israel proper, but, if you look closely and with the right glasses, you will see nevertheless that they are definitely in Israel. Obviously this is the democracy that we experience every day, and all over the world. It is the democracy wherein the “resident democratic powers’ scheme to hang on to power. And indeed, if all competing factions agree to follow the same strategy, then what choice does the voter have?
Democracy is not of this day and age. The political system that we are living today is a weak, dark shadow of what enlightened minds hundreds of years ago have put forward as an advanced system of government. Marx may have been wrong on many things, but he nailed it on corruption! And after a few centuries of democracy, the power of the democrats has corrupted the democrats, more and more, and still more.
March 20, 2015