Corruption and Incompetence: a formula for disaster.
By Luis F. Brizuela Cruz
I remember a time when our leaders would sometimes walk on the shady side of the street and every so often a scandal would ensue; temporarily or permanently affecting their political careers. But I also remember clearly that, for the most part, an individual who had chosen the often dubious and controversial profession of “politics” would come across as smart, sociable, affable and capable of at least some common sense persuasion, amid any turbulence in his or her world. It was a balancing act. We, the constituents, would come to accept a sort of compromise for their misdeeds, in favor of their convincing abilities and any type of betterment that their programs and policies would bring our collective way.
Well, a lot has changed in the world of politics in recent times. In both the national and local political arenas, we have had to contend over the last several decades, not just with increased levels of corruption, but with astonishing and often embarrassing levels of ignorance and incompetence. What has made this phenomenon particularly intriguing is the fact that a large percentage of the population has failed to recognize it or simply has decided to go along with it. This type of disconnect on the part of the constituents completes the list of ingredients for a formula destined to bring an enormous degree of affliction and misery to future generations.
The evidence of the consequences of the erratic decisions -enveloped in corruption- made by those who allegedly lead us is everywhere.
The running of any town, city, state or country should resemble the management of any private sector business and it is a known fact that no private enterprise endures past a specific number of poor decisions, or an ultimately negative balance sheet. How is it that the administrators of our various societal branches are able to sustain incongruent calculations of their respective coffers by simply demanding more and more taxation from a citizenry that has been mired in a prolonged period of economic duress? How is it that handouts and never seen before levels of cronyism and nepotism have managed to subdue the democratically required percentage of the population in order to continue the march to an inevitable collective demise, while electing and reelecting the individuals whose performances are completely detrimental to the well-being of society?
It is distinctively clear that, for some time now, our towns, cities and our nation have been governed by individuals who fundamentally reflect the traits and tendencies of a decadent society.
October 2, 2014
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