A politician may be defined as somebody engaged in politics, and politics is concerned with public affairs, public life, public issues, or public activities.
As a society, a community or a nation, the need to organize ourselves to provide services to our people is always there. We do such organizations by either selecting or electing people whom we think have the vision, wisdom, honesty, decency and the altruism to take charge of such noble responsibilities. The uphill battles begin as soon as the doors-of-nominations are opened to fill those positions. Battles in whatever form you can think of – war-of-words, fist fighting, weaponry fighting, ‘spiritual’ fighting, etc, gradually tear the fabrics of our societies. These fights are sometimes so intense that they overshadow the real issues at hand. Agendas on the political manifestos are never short of beautiful, lofty, and inspiring “I-will-do-for-you” projects and programs .
Campaign platforms are many times painted with divisions, violence, segregations, blood, etc. A process that is always corrupted from the beginning with campaign donations from individuals, interest groups or lobbyists, organizations, etc, mostly for their personal aggrandizements. People whose votes matter the most, and who are supposed to be focus of whatever projects or programs that are designed, and supposed to be implemented or executed are immediately forgotten once the platform for campaigns are dismantled and shelved for another round of false promises and lies. The agendas of the society are torpedoed and trampled upon by the agendas of the lobbyists, greedy fat-cats, interest groups, the politicians and their henchmen. Power that supposedly belongs to the people is hi-jacked by a very few, and whatever socio-economic needs and services that are needed in their various communities are largely forgotten. Rat race to truck-away the limited resources of the nation or community, to satisfy egoistic …