Going Physical
19 December, 2013
Going Physical
Some might think that it should be a terribly big deal whether the politicians in Georgia box or wrestle publicly inside the premises of the legislative body, but I wish I were a professional psychoanalyst to better explain the fistfights, occurring from time to time in the Georgian parliament. It is so funny that these guys want to lick each other instead of sparring, making use of their smarts, if there are any, instead of their physical mass.
Physical clashes
have taken place in the Georgian parliament many times before, and this is no longer awfully surprising to anybody who witnesses them on the spot or sees them on the television as they occur. One of the recent rows happened in the parliament a week or so ago, and it was not very interesting to have been looking at it because there were no skilled fighters to watch.
Those clumsy swings of untrained hands and the awkward charging towards each other with shaking thick slabs of fat on the hips made the arena an unsavory picture to observe. This was all on the surface – just what was available to behold. On the inside, things must have been more complicated. Let us make a modest attempt to analyze the incident which might be bluntly qualified as plainly as ‘The Fistfight in the Parliament of Georgia’ – nothing less than this! The entire world knows that Bill Clinton went exotically physical within the sacred walls of the White House, but America is still around – as big and strong as it has ever been. The same exactly way, nothing will happen to Georgia if a couple of hotheaded parliamentarians give a couple of shiners to each other every now and again. After all, it is very boring to be talking and behaving all the time. Why not to go for a nice fistfight for a change! A fistfight right in the middle of a serious political agenda might be a nice attempt to refresh one’s prim and grim political self. On the other hand, an observing philosopher or a psychologist might want to go deeper into the situation to provide the people and the government with a serious deliberation on the subject. In the land of traditional gentlemanly demeanor like Great Britain, the legislators are whistling, shouting and pounding, but the country is taking this kind of public behavior as granted. We could do the same thing here in Georgia. We could assume a fistfight as part of our political performance and be done with it, but there is some latently existing tolerance towards the way the Western legislators are playing the unruly boys and girls, and the way we are doing it here in Georgia. Part of me says that the tradition of making noise in the British parliament is an accepted conventional instrument of expressing the Nay, upheld by the system, whereas in Georgia, a fistfight is an indicator of absence of intellectual ability to do the day’s business in the parliament. Fistfight here is understood as the sign of immature, nervous and not very intelligent personalities, admitted to the law-making process incidentally. The nervous system which is apt to make a person proceed to physical settlement of accounts with an opponent is definitely irrelevant to operate in the name and on behalf of the people. Governments ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’ cannot be based on that kind of nervous system. Nothing is simpler than to know that a person resorting to physical power instead of intellectual for solving a dispute, cannot and should not be admitted to doing the nation’s business in whatever category. Let’s put it straight: physical fighters in the parliament versus intelligent disputers of national agenda have to be excluded from the responsible process of ruling the country because they cannot do the job that is incumbent on them. In the parliament of a country, physical resolution of conflicts instead of intellectual overpowering of an opponent is inadmissible, and reconciliation with the deplorable fact means dropping of the governing level in the country all the way to nadir. A parliamentarian, going physical at work looks weird and out of place, and will never cope with the incurred duties the way people want him or her to perform at work. Then, why is there such a vacillating attitude? Kick them out! Don’t let them govern us! We the people are offended. And if we are not, we have lost our self-respect and dignity. If we the governed remain indifferent to the fact of parliamentarians beating each other black-and-blue inside – or even outside – the parliament building, our sense of a citizen’s proper pride is wasted. I cannot and will not take it easy! I don’t want to see a fistfight in the parliament of Georgia just as the American people did not want to have heard about oral sex in the Oval Office. Down with the fallen intellect where the brains should be working, not the physical strength! Going physical in the parliament is a disgrace – no more, no less! And, let’s call a spade a spade!

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