Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Keep the Bad Parliament

In 2007 Jordanians elected a Jordanian Parliament. It was a relatively clean election. Two years later, the performance of the Parliament was undoubtfully shameful, reflective of the massive corruption, inefficiency, backwardness and hypocrisy that has hit our country for quite some time. This bad performance was not surprising.

Yesterday HM King Abdullah ordered the Parliament to be dissolved. I would assume that he, like most Jordanians, were disappointed by the performance of the Parliament.

I am disappointed by the Parliament but I'm more disappointed, like always, with the people who elected the Parliament, i.e. the majority of the Jordanian population.

How do you expect a clean Parliament to emerge if those who voted for them would take any opportunity to get an extra penny or two if they were not to be caught? How about the hypocrisy of being religious when it comes to a generous beard but a godless thief when it comes to stealing the government's money to fly to "conferences" and "meetings" outside Jordan? Don't you see that kind of hypocrisy in most people when you look around you?

Why do we expect Parliament members to attend all the sessions when the average Jordanian wouldn't mind missing work as long as it won't affect his salary? Why would you expect an MP to sacrifice something for his country if most people wouldn't? Why do complain of MPs fighting in the Parliament when we Jordanians feel like breaking each others' bones at schools, universities, grocery stores and traffic lights?

Do you think that we, Jordanians, really care about our country? How much do wealthy Jordanians donate to charity? How is the SOS doing? How much donations do our universities get every year from its alumni? How many non-profit hospitals and colleges are there in Jordan?

Don't we wait for any opportunity to allow us to look down on our own people? More money, education, a nicer car, any kind of skill, some foreign language, a wealthy spouse, just anything to make us feel grandiose, feel important and better than anyone else? For anyone who has driven outside the territory of Western Amman, don't you feel that Jordan is becoming more than once country glued together by a fake thread that at one point may not stand the test of time?

If it's true to say that people deserve the government they get, it would be more correct to say that people deserve the Parliament they elect. If it sucks it's because we suck. Every dysfunction that exists in the Parliament exists in our community, in our homes and schools and colleges . I want the dysfunctional Parliament to stay there, longer than ever, with its scandals on display on TV, newspapers and whatever 7th grade students write in Ammon news.

If a new Parliament is to be elected, it has to be an absolute disaster for me to believe it is representative of the people. Anything less than a catastrophic performance will make suspect that the elections were a fraud.


Eman said...

!! . some what true ! i do not want to take sides about the matter as i am no Politics expert ! but i dont think the timing is good ! considering the ( Haisa ) that surrounding coutries are facing these last few months !.

BTW : this is the first time i see ur blog . Great job done . i will keep checking your blog .
All the best and Happy EID:)

Mohanned said...

They were not elected by the majority of the population. The election law is flawed, thus, its product is not representative. Another way to look at: count the number of votes that each MP had and add them for the 110 members..what do you think that number will be? 200,000..or maybe 300,000..divide by the eleigible voters and you will get the picture..Beyond the flawed law, there was massive fraud, yet it took his majest 2 years to take has to wonder why..hmm..

Ahmad Hamdan said...

I hope people would learn by now and start choosing one that is better and to change themselves

and by the way you have been tagged

Shaheen said...

2007 election was not clean. the former prime minister ma3rof albakhet has admitted that it was fabricated and manipulated, he pointed to the interior minister 3eed alfayz.

However, I agree that dissolving the parliament would not make a change if the PEOPLE of JORDAN did not start thinking in a new way, where they put the national interest first

Hareega said...

Eman.. there's never been a good timing to do anything in our region, but the region is relatively stable these days I have to say. thank you for checking my blog.

Mohannad... what's the major flaw of the election law?

Ahmed.. don't hold high hopes

Shakhboot... and will this election or any election in the near future be a clean one?

omar said...

I disagree.. the Jordanian community is by all standards a screwed up one, nevertheless, there exists a number of people who do love their country and would work efficiently enough in the process of development, the process of elections should make those very few stand out and lead the bad majority!

In the same country and over a relatively short period of time, you could have more than one parliament that could be massively different; examples could be found in Europe, Asia, or even Israel for that matter, you can't say that a parliament is a replica of a nation, my understanding is that the process of the election could change a lot.

Hareega said...

Omar, there are a few MPs who are good people, who love their country and willing to sacrifice a little bit for it, but they are surrounded by a majority of MPs who put their family and their own finances before anything else.

Shaheen said...

there is no guarantee that it will be an honest election my note was a comment on calling 2007 elections a clean one.

the next will be managed more wisely, nobody can claim it wont be manipulated, bs bel3agil ..eshe o meno lol

Anonymous said...

Thanks :)
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