The news recently has been filled with stories about English speaking politicians and alleged crimes involving them clawing their way to power.
We have had the UK general election and the steady stream of stories about electoral expenses and, like some reality soap we have the US presidential election and almost constant reports of dirty tricks.
Here in the UK the police have, finally, begun to investigate up to 26 cases of alleged electoral fraud involving finances, cases which could end both the current careers of sitting MPs and potentially the government’s majority.
Since the Mps involved are mostly minor faces who haunt the back benches they are expendable in the normal political scheme of things, but it is the second reason which makes me think this will be simply another child abuse investigation, drawn out, deliberately sabotaged from the very beginning, evidence will go missing ‘By Accident’ and the whole thing will be dragged out until people forget about it.
In the US we have been watching the Sanders and Clinton show and the almost Machiavellian political manoeuvrings that are happening as the two struggle to get the Democratic party nomination. The latest was last night, for those who missed it, a number of Sanders delegates were prevented from voting or even entering the building to vote and when a recount was demanded, and called for using the proper procedures of the event the person in charge immediately said the meeting was over and fled. In the end the police were called in and we had the sight of armed officers forming a line to protect a few electoral officials from an entire room full of people who felt their votes had been stolen.
So pretty much a normal day in politics.
Men and women, doing whatever they think is necessary to claim or retain political power, for themselves mostly but also for the party they represent. Little details like rules, procedures and laws become minor considerations when it comes to power and wealth and we are now fairly close to the point where banana republic politics becomes normal, and sadly expected, in our political processes.
Where voter fraud becomes normal, where election rigging happens so often it is barely mentioned and where groups of people negotiate between themselves to ensure that if there is a transition of power, the outgoing party are protected from criminal proceedings because of their crimes, with the understanding that they will do the same next time.
Not there yet, not quite, but you can see the beginning of it where insults and questionable (legally actionable) comments are made under parliamentary protection, because what an MP says in the house is protected, so when you are called a terrorist supporter you can’t sue.
What we are seeing is the result of two generations of politics being in the same hands, the rise of a political class who came from the same social groups the same schools, share the same friends and for the most part were taught to have the same thoughts and attitudes. People who were born into power, and who grew up in power and wealth and have known nothing else.
There comes a point when power becomes entrenched within a social strata or a group of families, when generation of wealth becomes dependent on the maintenance of that power.
Once that happens, and you see it all around us now with career politicians, a political class and multi generational political "Royalty", the new nobles, then control of that power becomes ingrained and accepted and the threat of removal of that power becomes a direct attack on those people.
Having grown up with such power and around those with such power they consider it the natural order and attempts to take away that power, and the wealth it brings, becomes a direct attack.
Once we have reached such a state, democracy itself becomes a threat to such people because the population at large, generally, care little for those who have the power and wealth 99% of the population will never know, instead the voters want what they see as best for themselves and their families.
The powerful noble in his castle, the king on his throne, power at their feet and gold coins beyond number in their treasuries, do not want to share, because a kings fortune spread across many becomes enough to allow a comfortable middle class life rather than the luxury of a royal court.
Democracy, the will of the people.
When the people become a threat to the power and wealth of the nobles and kings, then their will, the will of the people, that must be ignored or silenced, and democracy with it.