Who built the highway?
04 December, 2014
Who built the highway?
The case is truly anecdotic if not deplorable at all! I heard the news on the television about the inauguration of a detour road around Kutaisi which is meant to give a slack to the largest city of West Georgia in terms of moving bulk of the traffic from the inner city to its outskirts, plus to let save thirty minutes of time when traveling from east to west. Doubtlessly, the news was good, but the content with which it was
filled by the government and the comment that was rendered by its opposition, made the entire event sound a little amusing, to put it mildly. It sounded like a tug of love between the two contending parents who wanted to grab custody over the child and to take entire credit for all the good things that had been given to the baby, although not important enough to sweat it out from a given opportunity so enthusiastically. The Government boasted with having done a good job in the shortest possible time, belittling the role of the previous administration, whereas the opposition hurriedly charged back, emphasizing its crucial part in the entire deal. Meanwhile, what had happened is that only a routine construction was finalized which is subsidized by foreign money. Just a twenty-mile long highway was inaugurated. Nothing more than that! The whole big talk and vehement controversy was suggested for the public ear to hear and the eye to see how well the government is working and how badly the opposition had operated in its own term of office. The opposition was also quick enough to catch a chance to tell people that the government would never have been able to have the road built unless the opposition’s relevant efforts were in place when they ruled the country. I cannot believe this regular issue was made such a big subject of controversy between the ongoing and never ending cat-and-mouse game between the government and its opposition. Here is another sample of skirmish between the wrestling sides. Recently, Georgia ranked quite high in the rating of business corruption risks of which the government confirmed that it feels very proud, but the opposition insisted that the credit for Georgia’s leading position on the said list belongs to their party. This is just a couple of fresh examples of their permanently heated controversy which does not seem to be working to the benefit of the nation. Just the opposite – the impression is that the confrontation between the government and its opposition is part of the whole weird political process which is in no way working to improve life in the country. Beware, folks! The two squads of belligerently poised boys are out for a life-or-death clash, and you may very well catch shrapnel in case they let their remaining political bombs and shells drop on the battlefield. And the battleground is the entire country of Georgia, shredded and dismembered even without this. Locked in mortal combat, the two opposed parties are so full of hatred for each other that sometimes their hatred seems to be biological, not just political. What could divide those two groups of the same national content so badly? The apple of discord is probably the access to power. What else? Do these guys – on both sides of the aisle – really think that Georgia has and will always have enough nerve and patience to be listening to their interminable and unrelenting political skirmish, saturated with personal abhorrence? Do they really hope that our worn-out people have enough time and tolerance to continue imbibing their verbal claptrap which is not giving anything good and helpful to the over-exhausted people of this country of so much trouble and strife – both bygone and current? I wonder if the young, handsome, educated and well-dressed rulers of Georgia and their opposition are aware that this nation is at this time faced with major problems of various nature that are threatening its existence so clearly that even a naked eye would not miss the calamitous picture. If yes, then why so much valuable time and effort of theirs is being wasted on their insubstantial discourse that is not actually helping Georgia in any thinkable way? If not, then why do they want to continue holding on the helm of the nation so tightly? Nobody is telling them to hold back or even alleviate their reasonable and constructive political argument. I am only trying to suggest that their competitive altercation on trifles like ‘who built the highway’ is not turning into any good for Georgia. I am not pushing the sides to be friendly and affectionate to each other. I am just saying that this open aggressiveness and unrestrained personal abomination for one another is a sheer loss of time and nerve which could only be working against our national wellbeing. If this is so indeed, would it not be better to give way to healthy constructive dialogue between the government and its opposition instead of tiring out each other in vainglorious attempts to look better than the other side does? They probably do not quite realize that their intellectual potency and political sharpness, put together, has an absolutely different and more significant function. And their main function is to let their political confrontation build the country – not to deconstruct it. Could they be missing the point that much?

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