MPs should think about the future before taking sides on national issues
Posted Wednesday, January 9 2013 at 02:00
The future of our children and other generations to come is highly contingent on the kind of actions and choices we make today. Commonsense tells us that only well thought-out and rational decisions produce better results that lead to the success of individuals, families, organisations and nations.
Therefore, if we act wrongly today, then we will have set ground for catastrophe and ruin in the future not only for ourselves but for this great nation that, though once described by Winston Churchill as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ is now a ‘sick pearl’.
Having a bright future starts with conscious thinking and planning, critical observation of the life-path you are treading, evaluating it’s direction, and judging whether that path will really lead you to what you desire.
It is against this backdrop that I urge our young legislators to desist from being used as voting machines. To this already debasing neologism, we prefix the word ‘automatic’ so it becomes automated voting machines. But in the context of our message, let’s call it automated voting parliamentarians. We define an automated voting Parliamentarian as one, who without conscious control, casts a ‘yes’ vote on any topic be it right or wrong, good or injurious to our country. Their actions are not essentially independent of external influence.
Though loaded with money, they are deficient in ability to form a conception of what is good for our great nation and stick to it. Political philosopher-Martha Nussbaum wouldn’t hesitate to refer to them as MPs lacking ‘practical reason’.
We acknowledge that it takes courage for one to escape the manipulations of coercion and bribery, however, a glowing and enduring love of one’s country can unbelievably beat hands-down the aforementioned manipulative practices and frustrate any ill-intentioned schemes.
Abraham Lincoln once said, “If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves”. Who do we blame for the recent past and current mess? It all goes back to Members of the Parliament.
MPs, we implore you to very bravely guard against those issues that threaten our; lives, freedom, human agency, liberty and wealth both God-given and man-made seen and unseen.
My message is that, tomorrow starts today, make the best of your choices today for the greater common good of our country. Every decision is a seed. Just as you don’t count on harvesting a delicious mango fruit, yet you planted a lemon, you shouldn’t expect a brighter future for our motherland if you make wrong choices today. Country comes first, the party, later.