Someday decades ago, it was said that we kicked out the colonialists once and for all and set up our own systems of governance. Yet each day the illusion of independence is becoming more a realization in the minds of everyday Africans who sense the ever-imposing aura of oppression.
While in control, the colonialists hijacked our existing political structures and inflicted our societies with modern democracy. The hallmark of modern democracy, however, is not the promise land suggested by the seemingly utopian equation of one person, one vote.
What then does it mean to bring democracy to every corner of the world? It means the erosion of social governance, marked by the proliferation of broken systems marred with robot elections, puppet leaders, and dejected citizens.
Robot elections, in short, are programmed and predictable.
Electronic machines with their digital and technological capabilities churn out results that more reflect the interests and intentions of the programmers than the desires of the populace. The artificial intelligence is neither artificial nor intelligent. It is a carbon copy of the master’s tools, only spitting out what has previously been fed in.
Like our shoulder blades, rib cages, breasts, tarsals and metatarsals, robot elections are basically, albeit imperfectly, symmetric. If examined with a fine eye, minute differences might arise: a freckle, birthmark or scar—here or there— that set our right and left sides apart. So it is with robot elections characteristic of modern democracies.
Two major parties present virtually the same two sides of a coin, no matter heads or tails. Whether their rhetoric capitulates to the same repressive policies or they fail to improve societies for hardworking citizens.
Fostering no courageous leadership, robot elections produce puppet leaders. Only the face of governance changes every so often but all other aspects—the brains and the innerworkings of the body’s systems—remain identical.
Puppet leaders cannot act on injustice when their salaries, their livelihoods, depend on inaction. These puppets dance to the master’s song, they sing to his tune. The melody brings them glee while it brings his countrymen unrequited suffering.
No matter who is nominated or elected, it appears that a master plan for absolute external control of biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, transportation, energy, media and communication, and military industrial complex and defense (or more appropriately, offense) remains intact.
Given this humdrum system of governance and its bureaucratic processes, the status quo remains no matter who stands for office or is elected. Though many fulfill the primary act that under democracy ostensibly marks them active citizens, in voting for puppets, citizens attend the play but actually exert no say in the dominant narrative, storyline, costumes, or themes.
Once let go, a balloon will drift in the path of the winds. That much is for sure. Our votes will be recorded, but their direction is left to forces beyond our control. Citizens become desensitized to corruption, which has become a quotidian affair, as certain as the pesky mosquitoes come every evening. But with no enduring repellent, what is the way forward?
The ordinary citizen feels powerless and disheartened. The system appears too overwhelming for any individual citizen to perceive themselves as change-makers. They are a blade of grass in a field of dreams: unimportant and unnoticed, one of so many. The lawnmower is swift and severe.
True, some citizens fall into the categories of the misinformed or the politically ignorant. However, the vast majority of citizens are uninvolved in or removed from politics because they feel nothing to gain from their participation. The most cognizant of the aggrieved sense that the system is only made up of callous architects with designs to silence any detractors.
Critics allege that citizens accept the status quo unflinchingly and unquestionably. Their dormancy is interpreted as consent. Democracy which claims to reflect the people’s choice actually distances them from their sovereignty. Democracy conceals the global dictator in plain clothes. It disingenuously extends to the tyrant the people’s blessing.
No surprise that our ancestors organized their governments in opposite fashion, with the smallest unit, the family, forming a crucial voting bloc. That fractal was replicated throughout the community to bring representation to local, regional, state, and national factions.
With any government, leaders have strings attached. The question is whether the strings come from the top down or the bottom up? Do the strings emerge from the mountain-tops of a rigged democracy or from the roots of a traditional representative republic?
Democracy with its robot elections, puppet leaders, and dejected citizens characterizing our local, regional, national, and intercontinental governments is troubling. With everything turned on its head upsetting the balance of the perfect world order of Maat, the result is a world order that is new yet dizzying with instability.
The system in its current form needs to be kicked out for good to regain our governance and to enliven our citizenry.