Sunday, May 30, 2010


From : Dejenie A. Lakew, Ph.D.

Doing the undoable and expecting the expected. Therefore getting the unexpected.

It is always important to know that life of any type, the part which is left behind is a school that we have to learn from it. That is to say:

The past should not be kept idle in a museum of history, instead it has to be used to serve not only the present, but the future as well.

A plan to a future therefore should at least start from failures of the past and reasons, incorporated with new ones.

Complete freedom of expression and existence of a free press is the sole and cardinal element to the existence of a democratic social & political processes. One without the other is a democratic paradox and therefore a mockery on the process to say the least.

The validity or fallacy of a press and its prints or ideas have to be determined only by its readers, not by governments and/or authorities. The job of a government is to protect those fundamental rights of individuals and society, accessing and transmitting information freely. People use their natural rights to access information without being couched or guided, learn and make fair, well informed and better decisions for their daily lives in which political decisions are a part. That is why countries who have good visions to their societies invest a big part of their wealth on expanding schools, colleges, universities, research centers, technological institutes in order to equip their societies with scientific knowledge, capacity of critical thinking, so that they always make learnt, correct and stable decisions to solve problems that are either, natural, social, economic or political.

But in between, “Complete freedom of expression and existence of a free press “, there are important things people should look at, without which political participation is just a show case not caring about the results.

First, government is the sole guarantor and provider of – equal service of protection of safety to all, equal provision of media to all, an absolute equality of all in front of the law including those with arms, and an independent and free judiciary system.

In order these things to be practical at the same time, the police & army should reflect proportionately the diversity of the citizens of the country. Without that again, it is inconceivable that equality of all under the law will be true particularly in places where society is divided by ethnic lines and where the central government declares that, first individuals should play their ethnicities in order them to be in the larger group. Everybody knows that strong and sour medicines are sugar coated in order the patient to take it, and should be swallowed instantly. Therefore in such types of political territories, political prescriptions made by the ruling group are all sugar coated to disguise and pass a time, until political surgery is made. Therefore, it is political maturity that is expected from the other groups, knowing what tests sugar does not mean it indeed is a sugar to the end, in fact it is a palatable sour peal given to a political patient to sedate him until he swallows it and latter when he realize that it was a sedative that was given to him, the political game was over.

One example suffices to show the fallacy of participating in a game where the probability of winning is zero :

If you play a game which is known for its savage course of treachery, mischief and use of any means available at the disposal of the players that will result in a huge gain or lose by the players’ standards, and yet you allow all the judges, center, side, front, above, behind, even timers of the game to be from your opponent, then of course you will lose 100%. Because all the people running the game are not there just for the sake of the game but they are there in the game given key places in order to make sure their team wins. It is therefore up to you to let that happen and willing to participate in that game. The sad thing though is that you represent your constituents and they want you to win with zero mathematical possibility but by a miracle and the other group also represents constituents including all the people who run the game and want them to win with a winning probability of one (=100%), victory guaranteed.

The same thing is true with politics of the type we see in third world countries. Specifically, in a country where the society is divided based on diversity for political purposes in which political peals are used to sedate a group(s) of political patients, where political competition is deadly, and with:

1. All the army and police both local or federal, and the judiciary
2. Those who give food rations for political end
3. Those who work in polling stations -- civil and army
4. Those who observe the votes
5. Those who count the votes
6. All possible supportive personnel who run the show using government resources
7. Those who took the best and last part of the assignment which is reporting the results
8. All members of the judiciary, in case of complaints that will give legal protections to their victory

are all from one group, then it is extremely naive to participate and expect a sensible results in such kinds of political run-ups and elections.


1. Make sure that all personnel’s who run the show should be free and all
participants indorse them to be in that place.

2. There has to be free and equal service of law and judicial system to all
citizens-- which is guaranteed only when the rank and files of the police &
army are composed of all its citizens and reflecting its diversity
proportionately and free from any type of political engagements

3. There has to be equal usage of government resources to all--- as government
assets are assets of the people of the country

4. Above all, there should not be what is called political prisoner what so
ever in order a political system to be free and democratic, so that targeted eliminations
will not take place.
If such a thing happens to one person then it is a matter of principle of the ruling group, and therefore it will be a matter of time and degree of danger that anybody will or will not be in that category. When the time is right that a person is exactly on the target point on their mobile target finder, then that person will have that fate.

It is only when these things happen that a political run-up and election results have to be legitimate. The people give legitimacy to their electorates to make political, economic and social decisions on their behave and the elected people have gotten a power of legitimacy from their constituents and by default from the constitution of the country to represent their constituents.

Therefore not only in politics, but in any human interactions and transactions of any sort, only correctly set principles -- principles that stand firm and visible, pass the test of time, last longer and remain faithful partners to all individuals and or political groups with a mission of good will to all.

The above principles should therefore be implemented before anticipating and running any type of political participation against any ruling group that plays the type of political games I have indicated.

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