Re-Thinking Democracy

by Emmanuel Omoh Esiemokhai

Part 1

My fervent contention is that in unorganised societies, especially in Afro-Asian states, democracy is no longer a viable political system, because the national conditions and social developmental histories of these states do not seem to be in tandem, with Euro-American civilisation and temperament. From the wanton destruction that one witnesses before, during and after “democratic elections”, one is perhaps right to posit that elections are mini-civil wars and instruments of mass destruction.

I therefore call on the international community to re-think democracy. I also call on political thinkers in Asia and Africa, to evolve alternative ways to change or affirm governments without this mass destructive system that has resulted in the deaths of ordinary civilians in African and Asian states in the last twenty years. Construction and reform in states can be achieved under multi-party or populist organisations. The aspirations and direction of a state can be agreed upon and every citizen should be sensitized, so that the community can participate in government from the ward level to national governance.

Political consultation among the representatives of the local, regional and federal parties should serve to accelerate development, after the agreed objectives have been widely canvassed and approved of, by the people.

If there are a major state policy in issue, referenda should be organised to resolve such major political agenda. There is always unique political advantage to a state, in which the CONSTITUTION reflects national solidarity, justice, good judgment and equity.

A nation’s historical and basic philosophical beliefs shape its political culture. Mimicking democracy, as it is practised in Euro-American states, may prove unhelpful because, a lot goes into the movement of ideas that have shaped Euro-American political thought through the ages.

The Village Government system should be modernised and tested as a new frontier political and practical system in African states.

Part 2

Democracy does not begin nor end with the existence of political parties that have no concrete programmes for their people or the state. Democracy does not mean the occasional casting of the vote. The system should provide citizens with the opportunity to continue to participate in decision-making and implementation.

The people have a right to know how their finances have been spent. So, at the end of each year, an expenditure report should be published, so that it will become clear how much was used and how much is outstanding.

The people should exercise more rigorously, the right to recall their leaders or representatives, who are not performing. In the electronic age, this process should, relatively be easy to accomplish. The pulse of the people is now easier to monitor.

Waiting till the politicians damage the state beyond repair is unwise. Being hypocritical after the state engine has knocked is unhelpful. Sending errant governors to jail is retributive, but disallowing them to run on the treasury in good time, is preventive and is indeed a better option.

Democracy is now in the hands of those, who engage in speculative dogma and in making inane proclamations of good intentions. A new fiscal allocation whereby funds are made directly available to appointed village heads should be considered. The advantage of this system is that the entire village will know how much funds are available for development for that year. Accountability will be better assured since the village head could lose his head if he embezzles the people’s money.

The villagers will insist that they get water, light, good roads, both within the village and the major road linking their village to other villages. This was the way our ancestors governed our communities before the intervention of European rule. Those, who violated the norms of proper behaviour, were adequately sanctioned through imprisonment or ostracism.

The acknowledged village head, allocated responsibilities to elders, tested family heads, councillors and farmers. Under our home-grown societal arrangements, schools were built, dispensaries were maintained, colleges were rehabilitated, and markets were repaired. Development was everyone’s business until the contract system caused everyone to leave everything to the contractors, who, at times, would not perform and also got away with it.

Development was slowed down by endless wait for feasibility studies, award of contracts with its attendant horse-trading, mobilisation fees that vanished into the rat-holes. Very often, the contractor, who comes from some out-of-the-way place, performs shoddy job or does not perform at all. He leaves the job with impunity, but smiles all the way to and from the bank.

In terms of elections, these end up being unsatisfactorily conducted. The money spent on printing ballot papers abroad, producing ballot boxes, purchasing ink and other electoral infrastructure, and which after the failed elections, are discarded ,could be used in building factories, schools, colleges, markets and in support of agriculture. Election budgets always end in the wilderness.

In view of the mayhem we witnessed during the April 2007 elections in Nigeria and recently in Pakistan and just in Kenya, these strengthen my suggestion that we evolve a new political ethnology to change or affirm governments without massive lose of innocent lives in Asia and Africa. We need to re-think democracy

Unfortunately and lamentably, some politicians are quick to accept negotiations when offered sinister accommodation in a “GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL DISUNITY” They jettison the dead, civilian, political activists!!!

This is why I strongly believe that some politicians in the service of the Luciferian hierarchy Petra history informs us that around 7 BC, there existed thumaric inscriptions which graphically condemned those with misplaced consciences, who feel no shame, know no shame, and have no pangs of conscience. These, of course, are dead souls.

Under the shibboleth of democracy, they irreverently have been destroying nations and souls. Democracy, which the Greeks, Romans and European thinkers fashioned out of high ideals, has been bastardized in Asia and Africa. Political mechanisms put in place to facilitate popular choice of rulers, the rule of reason, logic and robust argumentation have been turned upside down and inside out by Luciferian elements, who represent no-one but their fetish and morbid interests as well as their inordinate inclination to power and earthly riches. These will take us to no-where!

The most indelible and frightening concern of politicians in Asia and Africa is how to continue in office even when they are overwhelmed by the intricacies of governance.

They adhere to no ideology of statecraft and so, are ready to negotiate with forces

of negativism in order to remain and misgovern.

Constitutional democracy is bound to suffer in the hands of leaders, who, have no notion of law, economics and political science, and so, rely solely on avangardists and advisers.

The Village head knows how to ensure security, order and the advancement of his kiths and kin. Some Asian and African leaders, who pretend to be democrats, resort to oppression. They react instinctively to opposing views and respond with untested ideas and dogmatism. This sets the state ablaze. Political machinations with divisive potentials become the order of the day. Political hallucination grips the ruling cabal. The state totters to the brink.

During the next elections, the devil manifests and then the states is immersed in a ghoulish enterprise. Such political theatres can never empower the democratic process. They do not give the people enough remedial opportunity to attain their goals. We must begin to re-think democracy before we are unwittingly pushed over the top and over the bend.

A people, who refuse to think for themselves, but blindly accept the way of life of other people, will face occasional degradation Such people will remain poor imitators of other peoples’ ideals.

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