Editor's comment
Impeach the Mayor? Then what?
26 November, 2015
It does not take excessive political qualification to know that democracy has turned out to be a complicated brain-twister and a sizeable pain in the neck for Georgia. We could not manage to fit comfortably enough into this noble ideology. We were so relaxed, and it was so easy to operate in those bygone but blessed times of socialism. Who would ask you to make independent political decisions or question the judgments of those who were assigned to govern us?
All was happening robotically and without any headache – electing and voting out, hiring and firing, acceptance and dismissal. What political debates are you talking about? The nature did not know a horse of that color. Who would even use a single perverted word against a big bug like a mayor of the city! Only if a higher authority did not want to keep him hanging in there, he would be done away with momentarily. Mayors certainly toiled away but never depended on public vote, and the only opinion that mattered to them was that of those up there.

OK, let us fire him, but how long will the new guy take to clean our tragically polluted air in town which relentlessly truncates our longevity every hour we spend in this city? How long will it take, if ever, to tackle the practically insurmountable problem of the round-the-clock bumper-to-bumper traffic that becomes absolutely unbearable as we witness and ‘enjoy’ it?

On the other hand, why was that so bad? And why is it better that our contemporary post-Soviet mayors are mostly thinking of the ways of keeping their cushy and rewarding jobs for as long as possible, and when their time is up, bending over backward for getting elected again. Look at the current Tbilisi mayor, and you will immediately understand what kind of sugar and joy it is to be in his shoes. I would hate to be sailing in the same boat with him, although the honor is huge. Why the hell do I need the post and the honors that come with the territory if I have to listen to the worst malcontents in town day in day out, and be compelled to endure all the mud that is slung my way? Well, that could all be worth taking and swallowing if digestion were not so hard, and if it were part of a healthy constitutional process, based on sturdy and righteous political principles, giving an equal opportunity to all who deserve to be elected. Some people deem this mayor a little out of place, and the opposition thinks he either has to go voluntarily or be impeached, the reason being a lack of his mayoral ability to take good care of the city in general. If this is true, he should certainly go and cede his conspicuous seat to an abler man. There is also a doubt that such a onetime mechanical move could help much. OK, let us fire him, but how long will the new guy take to clean our tragically polluted air in town which relentlessly truncates our longevity every hour we spend in this city? How long will it take, if ever, to tackle the practically insurmountable problem of the round-a-clock bumper-to-bumper traffic that becomes absolutely unbearable as we witness and ‘enjoy’ it? How long shall we need to take care of the parking predicaments in town where every possible kind of vehicle is unceremoniously sitting on sidewalks belonging to pedestrians? How many years do we need to correct the deliberate wrongdoings of warped architectural minds in this miserable place which looks like anything but an urban conglomerate built according to a plan and construction logic? How many centuries do we need to correct the behavior of our pets in our streets full of animal mess? And finally, how long do we have to wait until this society learns how to take care of the place where we spend our lifetimes? Democracy is not a panacea. Democracy can help only in case we know what it means and how it facilitates our everyday life. Democracy cannot be omnipotent to let us discern between right and wrong. Democracy is only a partial tool to let fairness and justice reign. Democracy is not enough to make correct choices when we are voting for our leaders. We also need some brains for taking a right option. Democracy is not for arbitrary voting in and out individuals by impeachment every step of the way. I am more than certain that our problem is more organic and systemic than we might admit. Individual leaders may not be capable of overnight improvement of our lifestyle. High standard of living takes nations tens of years to achieve, if not hundreds. It takes them to sweat it out in persistent and painful labor for many long years. We could oust this mayor and bring in another one but I am afraid this is not going to be a helper. The dilemma needs to be looked right into the root. The available amount of money could also be a setback. Is this city budget enough or not for making our lives better even if it is allocated as wisely and calculatingly as possible? You can count and recount it again and again but you cannot stretch it to the extent of universal wellbeing because it is not enough to take care of the swarming problems that have menacingly gotten over our heads! I understand that wise planning and good performance means a lot, but the amount of funds is also paramount for making right decisions. Paucity of money is always a dilemma. And impeachments are not the best way out either.
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