BASIC POLITICAL ENLIGHTENMENT
Government exist to evolve law and ensure its enforcement which should always result in justice. Justice is and will always be the resultant effect of a functional governmental system. When a governmental system performs this function, within the people a sense of security and welfare will develop and grow spurring them to apply themselves to productive activities. This is the most basic function of government an underline denominator in determining the wealth/impoverishment of a nation, state or country without dependency on other non-human resources.
Just like any important sector in the society such as education or health, government ought to be guided by strict ethical standards and moral codes because it so fundamental that even the advancement of all forms of education which essentially is your ability to exercise your mind and health that deals with the state of your body depends on this most important sector of the society. It is important to note that todays’ government by its implicit or explicit decision making decides tomorrows’ society. It wields a power beyond parenthood in deciding the future of your unborn children.
Government as any other sector is operated by human beings. Human beings no matter how proven of character and integrity should not be afforded a boundless exercise of governmental powers and without discussing the matters of laws the expansive boundary of any governmental power should be the interest of the people being governed – that is, not just citizens but every individual who subjects himself to the existing laws in the sight of God and all men.
As abstract as it might seem, every government system must be built in a way that makes it answerable to the common man following the simple question, how does this affect our children in the future? Can it be better today? The answer of the first should constrain the answer of the second.
THE OCCUPATION OF GOVERNMENT
Medical professionals are titled doctors, Education professionals are titled academics regardless of ranking, and Government professionals are called politicians.
Politics is the professional art of obtaining government power and the level of authority obtained is your ranking title.
And like any other profession it is honoured when the interest of the people is the filter through which you purify your decision. Purifying your decisions is different from justifying it and knowing the difference between the two would define the type of government office holder that you become. Your personality is yours but you can choose your most influencing principle either selfishness/self-centredness or the interest of the general populace and leaving a better society for our children.
Government is a factor of and a part of the society but it influences the society more than how the society influences it. A government influence over its society would be felt the instance a decision is made while a society can only influence tomorrows’ government or would need momentum that can produce a loud voice to veto a single decision of the government of the day. Most often, timing and providence/planning are the essential ingredients needed to ignite that force of will. The decisions of government are mostly vetoed by an overwhelming majority of the individual members of society and that needs the inclusion of some strategic political actors, or a coalition of other sectors of society that can arm-twist the government and its institution(s) by influencing economic productivity, and that interaction is the basis of governmental power over the society.
Every governmental system which provides the framework from which government office is obtained and which politics is played is structured on the promise that the output of the system and the institutional framework thereof would cater for the interest of the governed. This means the individuals who exercises the authority of the government sector and its institutions occupy such and same office in fiducial responsibility to the governed. This is not an ethical discourse but the very basis of the existence of government and its institutions. Government institutions are its machineries for seamless operations.
Regardless of how the governmental systems may have evolved over many years starting from the monarchy up unto present day politicking, one thing has always stood out, which is, there must be a harmonious relationship between the daily machinations of law making and the daily execution of laws. To evolve a more pleasant society one principle above all should rule, that principle is as always should be: what would tomorrow be for our children? Our children are the real products of todays’ society and government decisions.
THE DUAL FUNCTION OF GOVERNMENT
The government institution that exercises authority over any people or groups of people are basically tasked with two roles:
Securing the society and the persons therefrom from external threats
Ensuring prosperity for the people within its boundaries who are in obedience to its laws
Every decision and action of government should stem from the above depending upon the constraints and dictates of the most important and thereafter urgent circumstances. Actions that contravenes this are a breaking of trust and a dissociation of self from the fiducial responsibility of government office to the people. Essentially, this makes the government office holder a failure before the eyes of God and before the eyes of society whether or not people take notice.
CULTIVATING A GOVERNMENT SYSTEM
Every governmental system must seek true judgements. True judgement is a careful jettison of false encumbrance, and channelling actions in the interest of the land such as to make it fruitful and habitable for the living souls upon it. It is the function of government to be to her people the origin of and reference for selfless love and service. This develops the land, and gives subsequent government policies its vision, focus and direction. True judgement must be the basis of any formed governmental system. It is the foundation from which operations can be built according to the characteristics of the living occupants of the land. A government system is compelled to change at the behest of the people in order to improve its functioning and service to the people, but its fundamentals which must always be true judgements must never change.
A responsible government would transition at the peoples’ behest without flinching or resisting, and would ensure by its authority that the fundamentals of true judgement would never change. That should always be its last act as it takes itself away and the individuals who exercised its offices should dissociate themselves in all form from the new government system being created. They shouldn’t attempt to influence its formation in any form, they are required to openly and without guile declare their innocence in execution of their office before all men and before God, and should not ask nor accept any form of secret agreement and compensations so as not to corrupt a new system before it even ignites. This is the most intense and burdensome relinquishment most exemplified by its self-sacrificing action which is ultimately displayed in great emotional quaking and is a testimony of the true intentions of a holding government.
Hereafter, responsibility falls on a new government system to define and establish itself on true judgement. Its evolution should interact with the lands’ most contemporary history to channel its actions towards a better present with the future in view. At infancy of a new governmental system, duty calls upon the first office holder(s) to always act strictly by true judgement. It is the responsibility of the first and the subsequent to sacrifice all personal interest and to establish the system because their decisions always constraints others to a certain path. A first officeholder who establishes a new system on a wrong principle or hollow judgement has failed and becomes the first one responsible for any and such failure that may occur in future whether it can be implicitly or explicitly traced to its failure as at the first.
Political actors are individual persons or entities permitted by the extant laws to participate in government procedures and functioning. Political actors embody views, perceptions, goals and visions for the society either by being a living human or as an entity that is alive in the eyes of the law such as a political party.
A political actor occupies two roles:
Occupying government office and therefore exercising such authority as accrue
Being an influence over government office either as a person or a representative of a coalition of interests such as the individual voter/citizen and various stakeholders.
Being a political actor who wishes to occupy or currently occupies government office requires that you define what/who you are, what you stand for, the society you envision and why it is better than what is obtainable today. This channels your effort in a directed way and gives the society a yardstick with which to align with you and judge your output. It also affords you the opportunity to provide markers with which society can determine your project mileage or any such markers peculiar to your vision. Most importantly, it is a yardstick you should use to judge yourself and know when you have either lied or failed. It enables you make adjustments for continuity and to know when you have become obsolete and in need of renewing.
After such and same definition it requires that you lay out your clear plan to the said goal in the display of society that they judge and decide if indeed such change is what they want for themselves. The plan must be constrained by time and expected resource supply so that attainability can be accurately measured and transparency can be cultivated to aid a readjustment of plans in line with the resource supply.
The living human who holds goverment office, whether or not it is the self-same person that embodies the visions should have the ability to discern times and the appropriateness of actions with its effect on society the major fulcrum for decision making. With the government sector, the influence of various interest are always important and are usually impossible to ignore. Therefore whilst always acting in the interest of the people these interest should align itself to the new society of vision. It is expected that these ‘various interests’ are selfless and are willing to transition themselves into new roles or else these would prove themselves an obstruction to the intentions of the government.
The prosperity of a land straitly depends on its government and other available resources only serve to aid the achievement of prosperity. An impoverished state, country or society is without doubts, questions or discourse the sole failure and responsibility of the government and changes in such government operations is the only new light. The society is directly influenced and constrained by its government and this is because it is the direct recipient of government decisions. Humans are the true resources for prosperity and government can always harness that potential to create a better society. Government always needs a plan. A plan that is known by its’ society, a plan that can be worked with by the society, a plan that charts a clear path to increase of wealth of the society. This plan helps us isolate and identify obstructions, keeps us focused on the goal and helps us see the risk and potential of certain alternate routes. This plan would help us build sustainably and give insight to our children.
Every society must therefore know and clearly define in unity of mind its’ own goals and prosperity. This would constrain political actors to align the indicators of their personal achievement with this longer term plan and give society more than just a basic understanding of government direction without having the people resort to unclear postulations. It would also without question provide verdict for the success or failure of a particular government office holder. This is the true path to sustainable development. Sustainable development is a clear plan that can be known by society, operated by government in view of resource availability and with clear time constraint. Sustainable development helps us measure progress.
Sustainable development should be refined and should be allowed to evolve. The only time when more is better is when the ‘supposed’ progress of the society is not more of a burden to its people than if it were maintained at an initial point. Society should be a major factor in progress and growth with the true products, that is, our children at the fore of our thinking and thoughts without making any assumptions for them and without beclouding our mind with our own place in history. That is the purest intentions which draws the benevolence of the divine on our affairs and brings about true riches and established prosperity.
Prosperity is a gift which we have inadvertently lost and sustainable development is the only way a society can seek for it.
Society is the coming together of human beings in order to make collective and personal progress/advancement in a manner beyond what would have been achieved if people stay on their own.
Human being makes up the real, potential and assumed importance and value of a society. Human beings are the correct definition of society. Society therefore takes up the innate character of its human beings and is always evolving. Evolution only exists because it can be measured and measuring the evolution of anything requires that there are clear boundaries and constraints, therefore, for a society to exist and for it to measure its evolution it must define itself. The highest form of evolution a society can reach regardless of its individual ancestry by familial relationship is called nationhood.
Nationhood is society without boundaries where human beings subject themselves to the same laws for living, recognize the existence of the same nature, characteristics and principles of the divine allowing this to unify them as one and instruct the values/laws, actions and output of their government. Society should develop its understanding of the nature, characteristics and principles of the divine and allow the divine to produce unity in their lives and action. A society whose understanding of the divine brings oppression, discord, impoverishment, false judgement and no security is a vain, false and failed understanding, and it must correct itself to obtain true nationhood and develop a prosperous society. The author opines that an acknowledgement of no existence of a divine is the acknowledgment of the existence of a divine. It is the authors’ opinion that if the divine does not exist then you would not have to acknowledge its’ existence.
The major role of government is to provide security by carefully investing her resources in executing true judgements and always acting in the interest of society and the living beings who exhibit basic biological activities upon the land. This quickens the people to engage themselves in activities that would result in prosperity, growth and a constancy of rejoicing within the land. A government that does this without guile has pleased God and the evolution of a better society is a testament to it efforts which result in praises by the lips of the men upon it.