Po­lit­i­cal par­ties

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Dr Khalid Al-Saleh

Par­ties in the civ­i­lized world are con­sid­ered schools to teach youth free­dom of opin­ion, re­spect of oth­ers and di­a­logue that is based on logic. They are also the door to po­lit­i­cal ac­tion through which those whose in­tel­li­gence and abil­ity to de­velop their so­ci­ety is tested par­tic­i­pate in rul­ing their coun­try.

That is in the civ­i­lized world, far away from us, but in my home­land only se­cret par­ties ex­ist - par­ties that com­pete for at­tract­ing the youth ac­cord­ing to sec­tar­ian or vested in­ter­ests in or­der to make them work for them. Do you not see with me that all par­ties that are called gath­er­ings or fac­tions do not change their lead­ers un­less he is dead or ex­pelled? There is no mech­a­nism for change, and no op­por­tu­ni­ties for the other opin­ion, and de­spite this our gov­ern­ment en­cour­ages this ac­tion, which con­sti­tutes a dan­ger against the fu­ture of the coun­try.

On the other hand, there are many cit­i­zens who stand against de­clared par­ties, mo­ti­vated by the mega me­dia ap­pa­ra­tus that has been ac­ti­vated against the idea of par­ties by the se­cret par­ties and by the gov­ern­ment. That mech­a­nism that does not see in par­ties other than the Le­banese par­ties, along with other failed par­ties around the world, as their fail­ure is due to a cor­rupt sys­tem based on quo­tas and po­lit­i­cal sec­tar­i­an­ism. The thou­sands of suc­cess­ful par­ties that con­trib­uted in de­vel­op­ing their coun­tries and get­ting them into the civ­i­liza­tion race these no­ble ex­am­ples - not talked about by any­one.

How can a coun­try that be­lieves in democ­racy prac­tice it with­out par­ties? How can a stu­dent learn to read with­out a teacher? Po­lit­i­cal par­ties are part of the demo­cratic re­quire­ments, and they must ex­ist, ei­ther in pub­lic and legally, where all cit­i­zens know their goals, sources of in­come and can be watched and joined; or in se­cret, and we do not know who fi­nances them, or what are their goals, and the cit­i­zens can­not watch or even join them. We are in need of start­ing a pub­lic di­a­logue to dis­cuss for­ma­tion of par­ties, so the cit­i­zen can know the truth. De­ci­sion mak­ers should re­al­ize that pub­lic par­ties are less costly and have more ben­e­fits.

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