Change of Government
28 June, 2012
Change of Government

The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on! Governments come and go, and this is not a big deal at all, especially in a country like the United States of America. Others too, for that matter! Progress is a curious thing to watch – life goes on and even if someone tries to stop or talk against progress, it will still happen inevitably. 

One of the symptoms of national stability, democracy and maturity of political thought in general is the government’s

and the people’s balanced and rational attitude towards the change of government as such. In America for example, most of the people wouldn’t even care who the government is – people have to do their good job of survival, and the governments are not the best helpers to this painful extent. Moreover, in the United States, one can’t even say decidedly who the highest authority is out of the three branches of government. Is it he President? I wouldn’t say so! Presidents are simply the stars of politics in America. They are just an ongoing talk of the country if not the entire world. Occasionally, they are the subjects of public veneration. Oftener – the victims of vilification! That’s all! They are never singularly supreme decision makers. They consult as a rule. You know, consulting is a very big deal in America. You have to consult all the time. Consulting makes things go smoother. Consulting matters a lot. And the change of power in the country – also the result of great public consultations – is just another regular thing to be taking place. Americans know well that one government should go out and another must come in, and they usually take it easy. The process is enviably simplified: You win the elections – you fill the White House. You lose it – you find something else to do with even a greater pleasure, knowing well that every cloud has its silver lining. Who would kill himself in America over being elected or not being elected? To put it more bluntly, it is a curse to stay in the White House forever. The great George Washington himself said No to the continued presidency. Presidents are humans too, and they want to have fun as anybody else does. And the presidency is not the fittest place in the States for having fun. Presidency is a huge burden to carry, and those who happen to be in that burning chair of a chief executive, often dream to retire and embark on the life-style of a regular happy camper. In America, change of government is a recognized inevitability and it happens without the slightest vestige of pain in the neck. There is a strong system working there, providing for an easy and amusing procedure of vacating the White House. This indispensable procedure is full of benevolence (at least so demonstrated) and reason on both sides – the incumbents and the future dwellers. I am in no way close to the powers that be in Georgia, but if this is not the case here, I would do all my possible best, if I were them, to inculcate the same style and content in the still rugged terrain of our political reality. This would be another good thing to adopt from our newly acquired friends of Euro-Atlantic beliefs and tailoring. You see, the useful socio-political patterns are ready to be accordingly used, and we need not invent a wheel. All is devised and done. Just go ahead and copy it. Is copying too hard? Maybe, but do it anyway! And the sooner the better!

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