By P Chong 26 April 2010
“A government of the people, by the people & for the people.”
Clearly in this light, tiny Singapore City State & giant Peoples’ Republic of China stand supreme.
US is no longer “a government of the people, by the people, & for the people”, but a government of ‘Wall Street, by Wall Street, & for Wall Street.’ What does it mean when Wall Street is contributing $500 million to both the Democrats & the Republicans for their political campaign? People in the Main Street are deprived, cheated & in more ways than one given a very bad deal . . . homeless, high unemployment, burdened with a national debt beyond their wildest dream, while the culprits & perpetrators are being baled out & rescued. Imagine the big crooks or “Financial Mafias” escaping the full justice of the law & the average & poor public reeling with pain & suffering!
If ever any justice is to come to pass, it will be anything but a show trial or theatrical act!
It’s the quality of leadership together with the system of government that will determine the health of a nation.
The best political system there is must be evidenced & seen to be in practice. You don’t have to dominate or elect for “a change in regime” in order to impose a good government system. If it is any good, it will be copied generally by all globally. Leadership is by example & no involvement of a bargain or gamble. Goodness is clearly seen in practice devoid of all hidden agenda or any real motive.
If a system is good & operable, it’s bound to be duplicated & copied by many without any unwarranted imposition, threats of war & domination. The worst crime ever committed by any nation is the invasion & intrusion upon the sovereignty of other nations, with the resultant cruel & unnecessary deaths of women & children plus the millions of displaced refugees.
The time-tested system of leadership selection, qualitatively & quantitatively, as practised by ancient China to the present, is through examination grading or academic attainment & performance, to be followed by a period of internship & training. Singapore adopts, adapts & adjusts to the method very well indeed . . . the proof is in the pudding, so to say. I must say it’s a rather laborious way of candidate sourcing for election, filling & fitting the various political portfolios.
Singaporean politicians are well paid, from a lowly ranked minister starting with a salary of $1.5 million (Singapore dollars) to the Prime Minster with $3.8 million, with the President commanding $3.9 million. These salaries may seem excessive, but they ensure a totally “clean & transparent” government unlikely to be tempted with greed, graft or corruption. Singapore has always been known for its squeaky clean image.
Americans are faced with heaps of problems – self-arising from within not instigated from without (as what the US government is adept in doing with other nations in the world).
The biggest democratic system of governance is India with a population second only to China. There in India, the corporations are controlled by elite bankers, pretending to be a government of the people, by the people & for the people. Parties like Congress & BJP have changed this definition to be “a government of the relatives, by the relatives & for the relatives”.
In US, the talk of freedom in the democratic world is misleading – more like big fish eating small fish. The Free Enterprise System is really the big oil companies & corporations. Where do small enterprises stand?
Western democratic system is a money power game with greed, corruption, cronyism & nepotism overtones attached. It’s a system fraud with conspiracy & a network of wheeling & dealing. It’s the survival of the fittest.
It’s all very well to see great performances by politicians on television, repertoire of oration, great campaign speeches & promises, but when it comes to implementation & delivery, nothing or little happens. Vested interest groups got to be strong to exert enough pressure to get their demands.
When the late Deng Xiaoping visited Singapore & was awed by the achievement of the little city state under the capable leadership of Lee Kuan Yew, he was assured that China would do far more better. Lee Kuan Yew, while flattered by the admiration, told Deng Xiaoping that Singaporeans are after all descendants of peasants & workers from China, but what China possesses is the great reservoir of true talents & scholars from the upper society elite who never had to leave the motherland in search of economic survival & wealth. Given the right motivation & opportunities, the whole nation of 1.3 billion could be mobilised to attain far greater success than Singapore within the shortest time frame possible.
Yes, indeed . . . how prophetically true!
Never in the recorded history of mankind has any nation come close to be of any compare with China! It’s amazing to witness its phenomenal leaping success. China’s leadership & government can truly & deservedly claim the accolade of success.
A nation must sail under good captainship with the crew working in unison not opposition. Everybody got to pull together to brave the storm & then only get to savour its triumph.
With a scenario as below . . . what would you expect?
- Wall Street dominating & cheating the Main Street
- Democrats fighting the Republicans in Congress
- No less the infighting in the Senate
- A lame President who attempts to look good on the outside
- Greed hovering above the political-economic-socio problematic scene
- Vested interest groups pressuring & carving out their own goods
- 80% of the general public not trusting Washington
- Sinking ship braving not the storm but remaining sinking beneath the dilemma of economic ills
- Divergent forces & influences ripping the nation apart
- A carton portrayal: “The Bush disaster is over! The Obama catastrophe begins!” in full display by the general public
- Unconcerned Secret Elite or Illuminati, the real power behind the throne, only laughing to the bank, which they own anyway!
How do you hope to dominate, propagate or even duplicate
when the democratic system is ripped with rot right to the core?
You can only stay strong together but weak apart.
Nations should work together in the spirit of co-operation not domination!
Chaos reigns when order feigns!
And catastrophe sets its claim!!
There’s every danger of the US destroying itself from within like the Fall of Rome.
“What does it mean” asked Stacy Herbert from Keiser Report on RT-TV, “to be a Banana Republic without the Banana?”
Mike Chong: “Many will nod their heads to this . . . the so called land for the free is land of the greedy, selfish and ”live at others expense” Government/public.”
Richard Chiang: ” Yes, very well said! Yet, the Americans, etc, try to impose their system on other countries. Unfortunately, many of the people in these countries are misled into believing the so called Western democracy is the only system. Also, in the name of the so called human rights, they try to impose their will on other countries while their indiscriminate bombings of unarmed people, including women and children, have often been ignored!”