Should you inquire about the definition of democracy, the already old civilization in governance, you will likely come across an explanation that says democracy is a form of government meant for the populace, ordered by the populace and which at the end always returns to the populace. It sounds simple. But how this is practiced has remained a knotty riddle to solve because we hardly see the common man during power broking.
The concept of “power to the people” may have originated from the Western world but the moneybags still feature there too. But their political system is much more accommodating and flexible to even allow for independent candidates which are yet a way of affording the people some foothold at securing power to govern. This point is rare in some so-called democracies, especially those in Africa.
Independent candidacy is one exceptional true test of how transparent and non-discriminatory a country’s political landscape is. By non-discriminatory I mean offering every potential contender the same rights irrespective of their financial muscle. With a strong popularity rating in public, an independent candidate can drive a political change in a country. We saw this take place in France with President Manuel Macron. But his is a case of 1 in 50.
Power brokers are predominantly moneybags. A careful survey of political leaders in any country will show you that their net-worth runs into several million or billions of whatever currency you have there. Power comes at a cost, financial cost. We have business moguls who run the show in the corridor of power and it is getting out of hand.
The danger with flooding our political sphere with moneybags is that it will be selling power to the highest bidder with no regard for those who may have merit but not financially strong. Yes, it must not be forgotten that political parties need funds to take care of their expenses.
These bills are easily being taken care of by the moneybags within the fold. But this should not imply that they should swallow power away from the common man who may also have the ambition to serve politically. Instead, most of the moneybags should become financiers who support those less financially capable members who may have a personal substance.
Equal opportunity should be given to all members within a political system, and whoever emerges as the main candidate during an era of electioneering should be a product of a free and fair party nomination. May we gradually outgrow the lameness already caused by money-politics.