This is the best we can do…

“Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain’t going to do any good; you’re just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it’s not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here… like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There’s a nice campaign slogan for somebody: ‘The Public Sucks.”

-George Carlin

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2 responses to “This is the best we can do…

  1. Building on this quote, comes the idea of social interaction between classes (weather morally, economically, and – most importantly – educationally)

    We all see many intelligent Jordanians on the internet, but where is their impact? I think before rallying a dozen of intellects to march for justice, we should focus on making the public think on one level, at least a tolerant level. When tribalisim or greed or power-thirst isn’t the mother of the chosen ‘nuwwaab’, and people think rightfully, it is time to start pushing for a change.

    When all classes are on the same level, and people tell eachother honest opinions -rather than just being nice and agreeing with whatever a person from another mind-level says- then the tolerance between people themselves is enough to start a change.

    The country should be ready for change before we ask for it. Remember a year ago? The people throwing rocks and cursing at Dowwaar el Daa5iliyyeh? People like that would be eliminated if they are educated to think, and if they actually understand people rather than scream. Maybe and most probably (IMHO) it is due to how they were raised (which goes hand in hand with how they were educated). It is a long road to make them more tolerant, but possible, and well worth it. Other countries had to suffer wars to unite them and make them feel eachother’s and their land’s worth (best and biggest example > Germany) such that they would literally work to (literally) rebuild it. We can do it one person at a time, and we should start. I think we got lazy as a country.

    Say what you think is right and do what you want, and well, the repercussions (sp.) will be part of the ‘battle’ to change minds. With the aid of honest, truly patriotic bloggers (looking at your links list you can see a few) to spread awareness about what happened (if it takes an extreme turn). If nobody disagrees, nobody is affected. We should have the courage to do it. If you disagree with something, say it, the other party will get pissed maybe, but they might think about it.

    I hope you understand what I’m trying to say. But basically: the battle is to fix ‘us’, so we can fix ‘the country’, and to fix ‘us’ we need to interact more rather than hiding away, with everyone being in the ‘to each his own (car)’ (see what I did there?) mindset.

    Just my honest opinion.

  2. “We all see many intelligent Jordanians on the internet, but where is their impact?” These intelligent Jordanians, as many before them, have no chance in changing a system that simply does not accept change. Many of the members to enter the government (be they ministers or a3yan) are considered to be highly-educated and aware of the current situation. Once they enter the system, they are forced to be quiet and play along or they are simply tossed out after a smear campaign (like Khassawneh).

    Ideally, it’s true that we should be ready for change, and the way to doing so is to raise political awareness and by education, which is quite a long process. So do we stand idly by to just wait for this? Of course not. We need to be interact as you said it, but here you’re back to the same dilemma: a system which does not allow you to create tangible change.

    I do not have the solution. I hope that Egypt’s revolution will prove to us all how to really reach a democratic state where officials are held accountable.

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