Sunday, November 05, 2006

The one thing my country doesn't have is... (Argentina)

...honest politicians. A lot of things have happened in my country, a lot of people have learnt their lessons, a lot of companies have changed, a lot of things have changed, but politicians are still corrupt...

Maybe it's unavoidable, nothing in life is free, and favors have to be returned, specially in politics. Those favors are usually the ones that will send your honesty to the thrash-can.

Picture this: you are a young man, trying to make a difference for your country. That's why you decide to join what seems a respectable party. You work hard, you start building a name inside the party, people begin to support your ideas. You are rising as a new political figure.

But you know that if you want to be the guy running the show, you are going to ask for favors, you will have to forge alliances. You can't rise in politics if you don't have some of the big guys supporting you. They are the ones that can make you or break you. They can manage the press, they have the power...

What happens when you discover that some of your allies are corrupt? Do you look the other way or expose them? The dilema here is that if you expose them, you are never going to have the support you need to get to the top, where you can make a difference...

In Argentina, young politicians look the other way, and some day, someone reminds them that nothing in life is free. All the alliances they forged and the favors they asked to gain power have to be paid back...

In my country noone, and I mean noone, can reach the top spot in politics without getting his hands dirty, sadly, that's how things work. Maybe, that's how things work everywhere, just that corruption is less evident in other countries, and they have at least the decency to put politicians in jail whenever corruptions is exposed.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Irene said...

I totally agree with you, we here in Malaysia is very much corrupted too and it's one of them in the list too. Sigh...

12:21 PM  
Blogger Jock said...

Well, it´s exactly the same from Brazil!

Even when a honest politician comes into the political world with good intention, very soon it starts to work on the "political machine".

6:47 PM  

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