Editor's comment
Belligerency vs. Continuity
03 April, 2015
In October of 2012 there came an edgily and extensively awaited-for change of hands in the Georgian government, and it was stridently and smugly qualified as a peaceful transition of administration of the country, which had never happened before in history. Now the question is if it really was as nonviolent as it was characterized and enthusiastically applauded by our friendly West. Formally yes, actually not! There has been persisting so much and so expressly demonstrated hatred between
the formers and the currents that both sides are ready to publicly puke at each other several times a day if they had a chance. Their pugnacious standoff is no fun to watch any longer. The internecine hostilities in Georgia are now going so far that both the government and its opposition are getting seriously distracted from their main job, which is taking care of the welfare of our people. Members of current administration and their opponents are passionately but vainly jousting on their minuscule political arena, which is hardly recognized as something significant by the nonchalant and indifferent international community. What a shame! The national clock is ticking away with no hope to be reversed, and the only thing those cocky young politicians are developing in the country is their miserably contentious and disputatious interaction, saturated with foolish bellicosity, which is in no way working on the wellbeing of our embattled and impoverished people, not even understanding what those talking heads want from each other. The valuable time, needed for building the country and on providing for the future of our population, is being extravagantly wasted on interminable aggressive political polemics and strong-headed arguments anywhere you go – governing edifices, public places, newspapers pages, radio disputes and television shows. Those ubiquitously heard and deafening verbal altercations between the ruling and opposing sides are getting so noisome, irksome and irritating that lighting the TV-set up or putting on the radio makes you convulse in trepidation, overwhelmed by painful expectation of hearing the same politicized gibberish again and again. If the 2012 governmental transition was so peaceful and nonviolent, why then so much futile, feisty and defiant quarrels and warring is taking place almost every step of the way, leading into nowhere? The opposing battling sides are most probably not aware that it is our thoughtlessly relinquished and stressed-out people, who constitute the only victim of their endless bickering, yielding in zero result. The ever-fighting governors and opponents do not even have the faintest clue how much they are harming the poor governed, using the Georgian people’s political energy on endless contests in which their litigious nature is clearly revealing itself. And they are indulging into their ineffectively combative bouts against all accepted rules that are successfully working in the civilized world, not recognizing that compromising, conciliatory, accommodating and cooperative dealings would only work to the benefit of Georgia’s fatigued people. Georgia is learning much from the West, but it is missing on one particularly important feature of the Western polit-operational means and ways, and that would be a sense of succession and continuity in political life. Understandably, it should be only natural on part of a new government to be willing to operate more effectively than the one they have substituted – at least in a watchful public eye – but it is also extremely important that the sense of continuation and progression does not leave them. Prudent and logical succession between the governments of various times and peoples makes a nation’s future only stronger and more reliable, which, for some unlikely reasons, we are not capable of recognizing and doing in Georgia. Why? Because the thought about people and motherland is receding egregiously and thoughts about personal benefits and prosperity start prevailing as soon the governing reigns are found in the hands of those who acquire access to administrative platforms either through elections or revolutions. In fact, the nation’s standard of leaving usually has nothing to do here with who comes to political helms or goes away from it – they are all alike as peas in a pod in terms of taking care of their people. Hence, the growing indifference of an electorate, overwhelmed with numerous electoral frustrations in the last quarter of a century. The electoral cycles in Georgia are working as they should, but also, they are always accompanied by revolutionary and rebellious moods of our electors, who do not know much for making a good choice and do not have any good tools to make the wisest possible and the most balanced choices when they are standing in front of the fateful urn to be fed with the ballot paper. Belligerency vs. Continuity characterizes not just the governments of this country but it is a natural condition of existence of our society. Governing elite are usually drawing at traditions – old and new – and the political disposition of the entire society, who needs to know better what to do with their right of making a right choice at the right moment. And the rightist possible moment is when we enter the polling stations to send our chosen reps to panels where we are finally ruled from. Belligerency vs. Continuity does not pay! We have to understand that controversy makes sense if it is based on logic on both sides. Controversy is good, only without pointless belligerency which is killing the so much need continuity in politics.