Democratic Maturation
20 November, 2014
Democratic Maturation
As it seems, the pro­cess of democratic maturation in Georgia is very much alive... and it is kicking too. Slightly though! I have rarely heard in my rather long life in Georgia – be it socialist or capitalist – that a minister has explicitly declared his or her resignation, grounded on political principles that are valuable to that particular minister and the team the minister represents. Neither have I known that members of a politically organized group act collectively and unanimously
only because they think their political credo is impaired for some substantial reason. What a gorgeous season in Georgia’s political calendar – ministers are leaving their posts voluntarily! They are not waiting for an axe – they are leaving on their own, without any dictation from outside, not even being afraid of anything to happen to them as a consequence of their openly demonstrated sense of political freedom. Moreover, I have heard that they are not showing even an iota of regret about their spacious cozy offices, complete with state-of-the-art design, furniture and equipment. They no longer care about their luxury chauffeured cars and the gratis mobile phones. They don’t give a darn whether they keep or lose their ministerial armchairs and numerous fringes into the bargain. In a word, they are taking it all very easy. They only need to have their political principles intact and respected. Congrats, Georgia! Finally, your sons and daughters are turning into the kind of politicians who truly look and sound like full-grown contemporary ideologists – judicious, sophisticated, secure and dignified. Now, why should I be so keen on emphasizing the fact of those recent voluntary resignations of political figures in the country? Because I have a good reason to be: Georgia’s predisposition for westernization derives from the necessity of its modernization, which is definitely conducive to the presumed enhancement of our people’s standard of living. So, it is thought and expected that Georgia’s Euro-integration is the shortest way to a better quality of life for our people and society. On the other hand, the time of joining the European family of nations has turned out to be a little longish. Procrastination of our full membership in the cherished European structures is obvious. Giving a more thoughtful consideration to the situation, there must be numerous causes in Georgia, instigating the tardiness of the process of ascending to European standards, among them – the absence of purely western political culture, skidding economy, depth of psychological barriers, off-kilter human attitudes, soviet carry-overs, level of overall public education, anachronisms of the revolutionary post-soviet time, overgrown political ambitions, exaggerated reliance on how good or bad the governments are, penchant for street-wise politicking, words-no-deeds model of action, unending territorial strife, lack of useful employment, popular tendency of leaving the country in quest of a better life, and an outrageous traffic pattern, if you wish – you just name it! All these qualifiers show every step of the way or loom behind the corner. Not belittling for a second this nation’s intelligence and political experience, I would love to recognize that we are still in the process of learning. And in this course of lifelong national self-education, a paradigm of voluntary political resignations is working on further amplification of subtlety of our political culture, which brings us closer and closer to what is considered European and Western in general – more civilized and humane than anything else that has been invented by humankind so far. At least, the generic judgment is that the Western pattern of organizing human societies is more optimal than other political philosophies, known to man today. This is why Georgia is looking West more eagerly than any other direction. And the resignations of political figures, clearly performed at their own discretion – in utter consideration of their political principles – happens to be a sample of behavior, purely belonging in the Western political culture. Therefore, I would like to emphasize the meaning of recent ministerial resignations in Georgia and find in those gestures more positive than negative charge for the future of the country. Freedom of political thought and action are not that easy to acquire, especially in the wake of almost a century-old totalitarian rule which was imposed on Georgia and many other nations by the weird times of socialist revolutions. Since then, the revolutions continued to occur every now and again, as if it was bequeathed to former soviet nations to remain in perennial revolutionary mood and modus. The impression is that, among other socialist sisters, Georgia has emerged as one of the fastest learners of the new ways, like democracy, societal liberalism, political freedom, national liberation, cultural modernity, flexibility of international behavior, spontaneity of thought and philosophical treatment of the post-communist development of life. The recent widely talked about ministerial resignations are very much in unison with what makes Georgia a potential member of the famous Western family of nations. The loud Georgian resignations might not even be worth of that much attention and verbosity but I cannot help being excited at how fast Georgia is growing politically. The West is not making a mistake that it wants to trust Georgia’s western future, but the irritation caused by Georgia’s westernization is not negligible at all. This is why this nation and its current leadership cannot afford being nonchalant towards what that part of the world thinks and wants. Hence, Georgia is compelled to go for the multilateral game it is currently playing. To witness whether the game is a success or failure is the matter of time, but it is also true that any miscalculation might end up in a disaster for this country. I am not sure at all if the recent political resignations – as unexpected and impulsive as they seem to be – were astutely precalculated or not, but they have sounded and looked as a perfectly organized western type of a political showdown. So please don’t get overly surprised at my being impressed as much as I have been. Things like this are rare on the stage but if they are out there on certain interesting occasions, they are prone to further hone our political acumen, thus only helping our society to be better off. Let’s call it all the precious moment of Georgia’s democratic maturation, picking up both – velocity and quality. Let’s just wait – there is more in store for us to be watching along the thorny way Georgia is dragging on!

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