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The Frogs Who Govern Us
|by Gaurang Bhatt, MD|
The US Congress is without discipline or decency, but needs to pretend to the idiot public that they are sincere, upright and responsible. They abdicate their responsibility to make sane and fiscally responsible decisions and appoint (Simpson Bowles) committees to recommend tough and unpalatable solutions. When the retarded majority of the American population still cannot understand the recommended solution or is lukewarm to the bitter medicine, the irresponsible self-serving Congress kicks the can down the road by enacting a budget suicide pill, and appointing another bipartisan committee to further distance responsibility.
They do this by designing a deadlock to hold the country hostage as in the debt extension and default decision; and then with the conspiratorial consent of the opposition Democrats, beholden to the same vested interests, (but pretending to be the champions of the average Joe Blow) and the hypocrite Obama, engineer a compromise as a fait accompli. Thus they can disclaim blame, by saying that it was the best of a bad situation, mandated, or an act of God. Thus they are absolved by the attention deficit challenged public with limited intellect, less memory and even lesser interest, for any automatically unpopular budget cuts which would rile the public.
In another country with even more corrupt elected and appointed officials with the same hypocrisy as tax and responsibility evading America, but with an even greater lustful craving and obsession for and with power, are the legislators and civil servants of India, They like Augustine, pray for chastity (integrity and honesty), but not yet, as their carnal (pecuniary) appetites are not yet fully sated. Again we have sainted or religious zealots with insecure egos and a desire for transient Warholian or persistent fame, playing demagogue to mislead the foolish public. The clandestine understanding between the corrupt leaders and the egomaniac saints are hidden, while enacting a farce for the stupid, ignorant and gullible public. The whole farce is reminiscent of an ancient Aesop's fable about frogs unable to govern themselves or act in the public good, agitating for a king, regulator or Lokpal.
The frogs desirous of being a civilized society with a government and having no established effective ruler with integrity, sent ambassadors to Zeus-Pater, entreating for a Lokpal (ombudsman). Perceiving their simplicity, he cast down a huge log into the lake. The frogs were scared and awed at the splash caused by its fall and hid themselves in the depths of the pool in sheer panic. A little later they realized that the floating log was motionless, they cautiously approached the huge log and on seeing no threatening gestures, overcame their fears, climbed up on the log, and eventually in contempt, even started performing their ablutions on it.
Such follies of India’s ruling class with their internecine warfare and oppression of the population who became indifferent to who ruled over them, led to the invasions by the Scythians, Huns, Greeks, Persians, Turks, Afghans, Arabs, Mongols, Europeans and more recently China.
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