Truth to say, politics by itself and in itself cannot be really bad or “dirty”. It is the art of governance. It is the science of social organization, the knowledge of maintaining peace by promoting order among the people, the competence of putting up good State representation. All these fundamental agenda of politics are not only good but also necessary and praiseworthy – specially so in democratic nations. The conclusion wherefore is obvious: Politics is socially essential and valuable, basically commendable and practical – specially so when it pursuits truth, affirms justice and promote peace among people, irrespective of race, color and creed.
Wherefore, what makes politics disappointing, disgusting and at times even abominable, is how many politicians errantly and at times even erratically practice politics. Such as a matter-of-fact observances as transactional politics, political patronage, politics by convenience and other censurable political options and decisions, are definitely dissonant with the objective nature and the ontological finality of politics. In other words, it is the odious and devious politicians who unfortunately bring about “dirty politics” such that competent and exemplary citizens abhor to enter the political arena – notwithstanding all arguments to the contrary.
After some impartial study and sober reflection on why politics particularly in this Country has acquired such a bad name, has repulsed really good and abiding citizens, and/or has become one big sorry and sour reality, the following three political realities can be considered as its three basic causal factors – with everyone of them connoting the other two.
1. Politics without principles:
When politicians observe no permanent Credo of Convictions, no stable Code of Conduct or no avowed sound Value System but instead think, decide and act on a case to case basis according to what is easy and convenient, what is profitable and wherefore beneficial to them – this is exactly what makes the fact of politics without principles.
2. Politics without ethics:
When politicians see right or wrong, perceive good or evil, depending on varying circumstances or changing situations, when the distinction they make between vice or virtue, is dependent on their own personal interests, family advantage and/or party affiliation – this is the reality of politics without ethics.
3. Politics without decency:
When politicians have no prudence and shame – no “delicadeza” at least – this is politics without decency.
Sept 2, 2009