Shades of Contemporary Politics

May 24, 2010

By Padmini Arhant

The last week Primary and Special elections in the United States delivered bittersweet outcome for both political parties.

Pennsylvania election results were particularly unique with the Democratic Primary nomination for the U.S. Senate seat won by a less known candidate, Joe Sestak against the long time Senator Arlen Specter and Democrat Mark Critz victory over Republican contender, Tim Burns to retain the deceased Rep. John Murtha’s seat in the House for the blue team.

Likewise, Kentucky picked the tea party favored candidate Rand Paul, while Arkansas led the incumbent to a run off in the respective primaries.

Although, there were insinuations attributed to political endorsements or the lack thereof for the losses in the elections, conventional wisdom beckons optimistic perspective and accept the mandate as a blessing in disguise for the electorates’ decision is based on their evaluation of the candidates’ profile in the race.

External intervention by embellishing the contenders’ or exaggerating the opponents’ performance seen during elections is an insult to the electorates’ intelligence with an inevitable backlash.

It’s always convenient to scapegoat others for failures by ignoring the fact that the candidates contesting on their own merit combined with a track record pledged to serve the people and not the special interests or political factions emerged winners.

Regardless of the establishment backing and high power recommendation, the electorates cast their ballots to fresh ideas and a serious commitment to resolve issues concerning them.

Despite the relentless propaganda and spinning in the communication media – airwaves, television and print press, the electorates are increasingly aware of the broken political system, due to its impact in their daily life.

In fact, contemporary politics is gradually leading the mass towards self-governance through discernment in their choice of representatives as a stark reminder to the elected officials to live up to their campaign promise or deal with the consequences.

At the same time, revealing to the special interests that ultimately the people are the authentic authority in a democracy.

It’s the beginning of the end of era where voters’ voice is unheard in the persistent negative attacks and swift boating financed by the special interests and largely some news media including the press to launch their designee from either political party.

The political process is being redefined by the smart electorates determined to take the power back where it belongs in a democracy – the government of the people, by the people and for the people.

Congratulations! To the winners and Good Luck! To the other participants in all their endeavors.

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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