It’s politics today. It kept me up last night and to sleep I had to get this out of my system, so here goes.
I’m not a red shirt, I’m not a yellow shirt. I don’t think the Prime Minister or her government is stupid. In fact, I think they are smart and know exactly what they are doing. I don’t think the opposition is better and I don’t think the protestors should break barriers. I empathize with the policemen stuck in the middle between doing their duty and the people.
I have friends on both sides. So why do I go out and participate in the protests ?
Here’s why. I am against corruption. I am against the amendment of laws for personal benefit, the changing of versions, and of rushing it through in the wee hours of the morning. Yes, thai politics and the opposition are also guilty of corruption, and I too am against it, but never before has corruption been at this level.
I am an advocate of transparency and believe the opposition should be allowed to voice their opinion no matter what. I believe constitutional verdicts should be upheld and cannot simply be denied.
I am against a culture of “cash is king” and one where political goals override the needs of the country.
I am against a culture of where every action is a new “marketing” opportunity and money wasted when there are still people suffering.
If any other democratically elected government abused their power, I would protest too. Being elected and a majority doesn’t give you the right to abuse your power.
I participate so that I can look at myself in the mirror and know that I have at least tried to do something for the country that I love.
Remember this as Lord Acton once said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.”
And ask yourselves as Benjamin Franklin once asked, “What good may I do in this world ?”
Whatever you believe in, everyone has the right to voice their opinion and should fight for what they believe in. Don’t let others fight for you. Fight for yourself and stand up for what you believe in.