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People who are not in politics generally agree that it's a dirty business and they wouldn't be caught dead
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Democratic principles sound great. As many an Irish politician says after each election, 'the people have spoken'. But have they really? Apparently, you can't run for the elections if you have no money. Irish politician Royston Brady came to grief in 2004, when he was persuaded to run for the European elections and then left to pay a huge bill for election costs when his campaign failed. He was a man with great ability, but you need more than ability in order to succeed in politics, it seems. Donald Trump was not a popular President. But at least the man was able to pay his way around. A poor person cannot dream of running for the elections in India. I think now in these days of social media, things have averaged out a bit. Once you have a smartphone, you have access to social media tools. But you need the skill set, or an employee or assistant with the skill set to run these tools, to make social media work for you. Otherwise, you might as well go home.
Politics does not work for me, even as a voter. I'm a person with Labour leanings. My late father was a member of the Irish Labour party. He was a committed union man. So, I'm always on the side of the workers. I believe that a mixed economy such as we have in Ireland, that encourages business and takes care of the weaker sections, is the way to go. That puts me firmly on the left. On the other hand, I'm a devout Catholic and pro-life to the hilt. I am opposed to abortion and euthanasia on the grounds that killing is wrong. By the way, by euthanasia, I mean assisted suicide of the incurably ill. I don't mean palliative care, which seeks to alleviate the pain of those who are in mortal pain by giving them medication which alleviates their suffering and as a side effect, may cause their lives to be a little shorter. I also don't believe that removing an unborn child before its time, to save the mother's life, is abortion. Anyway, the point is, that while I believe in live and let live, I am pro-life. And being pro-life puts me on the right-wing side. So as I said, politics doesn't work for me.
As Jesus Christ said, in His Infinite Wisdom, give to God what belongs to God and to Caeser what belongs to Caeser. You can't go wrong with that advice. As a Christian, I believe it's important to pray for our leaders. So, is modern democracy a success or a failure? It depends, I suppose. On how you view it and on whether you have enough money to do what you want. Including run for the elections