Tear Gas “Democracy”

Enforcing Democracy–with tear gas ...
Enforcing Democracy–with tear gas …

By Thomas C Mountain,

CS gas, disingenuously called “tear gas” by the western media, is poisonous and can, and regularly does, kill people.

The use of poisonous gas, toxic chemical sprays like mace, high velocity steel slugs coated with rubber and if these aren’t enough, bone breaking, skull cracking police baton charges have become standard operating procedures in to many “democratic” countries to list. 

The very word “democratic” has been bastardized to the point where it stands next to “terrorism” in the extent of its misuse.

Democracy; government by the people, exercised directly OR through elected representatives…Democratic;  of or for the people in general; popular…Believing in or practicing social equality” (American Heritage College Dictionary).

In other words if a country’s  leaders are not popular amongst its own people and there is no social equality in the country then that country is NOT democratic. Also one has to note that a country does NOT have to have elections to be democratic if that country’s leaders are in fact doing what their people want.

With the airwaves these days filled with brutal examples of tear gas “democracy” in action it is surely past time for those of us who are looking for a way out of this growing global crisis to begin questioning the very definition of what a “democratic” system of life is really all about.

We hear so much about “corruption” from those most corrupt themselves. What is a “campaign contribution” of tens of thousands of dollars made by a businessperson to a politician? Or a $100 million from a bankster or financial terrorist to a human rights organization or ngo? A contribution towards good government or for the good of humanity(LOL)? Or is it just plain common sense that they want something in return, influence or favors and are giving cold hard cash in exchange?


Bribe; something offered or given to a person in a position of trust to influence that person’s views or conduct” (ibid.).

Simply put, campaign contributions by those seeking a favor in return is bribery, corruption in essence, no matter how many laws are passed making it all “legal”.

The fact is without “campaign contributions”, a.k.a. bribery, western style “democracy” simply cannot function. Could Obama, Merkel, Cameron or any of the western (or increasingly third world) leaders fund their multimillion (or $billion) national campaigns with out taking bribes, engaging in corruption?

With western style “tear gas” democracy having taken over most of the world shouldn’t we be taking a second look at those countries that take care of their people first and foremost and quit being constipated with die hard beliefs in the sacredness of “elections”? Especially when these elections are undeniably bought and paid for by the anti social equality brigands known as the 1%?

There is so much tear gas democracy these days you can almost taste it coming out of your TV screen and I can only be thankful that I live in a country where I don’t have to worry about such. For the police here don’t have any poisonous gas, toxic chemical sprays, body armor and riot shields, steel bullets coated with rubber or  instruments used to electrocute people such as tazers. As a matter of fact our police don’t even carry firearms, that’s left to the army defending our borders.

But then I live in a country that is reviled as “undemocratic” by those who are bribed, or blinded by tear gas democracy.

 Thomas C. Mountain is the most widely distributed independent journalist in Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He can be reached at thomascmountain_at_yahoo_dot_com


 

6 thoughts on “Tear Gas “Democracy”

  1. Thomas C Mountain you are the great, same yeas a go socialism was fashion the same thing now democracy, I can not write any comments more than your own words. So allow me to copy and paste. Thank you “Democracy; government by the people, exercised directly OR through elected representatives…Democratic; of or for the people in general; popular…Believing in or practicing social equality” (American Heritage College Dictionary).

    In other words if a country’s leaders are not popular amongst its own people and there is no social equality in the country then that country is NOT democratic. Also one has to note that a country does NOT have to have elections to be democratic if that country’s leaders are in fact doing what their people want.

  2. Aron,

    You must be kidding. Thomas GOBO is a hippi americnan who tries to be more catolic than the pope (we Eritreans). So my question is how do you know if a leader is popular or not unless you give a chance for the people to share their thoughts freely. Please don´t lecture me about America or other contries, since i don´t care about other countries practices, what i care is only about my country Eritrea. If America or Ethiopia have deomcracy or not is not my concern, that should be discussed by americans or Ethiopians. My concern is in our contnry and the president has been a leader for almost 40 years (pre and post independence) and he has become as one of the african dictators whom he used to tell us about. So in a country where people are not allowed to express their feeling freely and are not allowed to demonstrate how will you know if the people support the president or not?. Please enlight me about this because there is no survey or election result to tell us if Issayas is popular or not, and after 40 years in leadershipt position and with no plan to step down, the Eritrean people want to have change in leadership and politics. We are fed up with one man show and his incomptence in leadership.

    1. Reagrding my english, i guess it was clear enough for your to understand and comment about what i wrote, so that is good enough for me because at the end of the day English is not my first language. As Eritrean I am proud of my first language which i am fluent in :).

    2. There's a very easy answer to each one of your questions, but since my "…argument is week", I don't think I can enlighten you.

      I'm not sure if you're really this gullible and have internalized all the media brain-washing, or if you've been blinded by hatred (like I'd mentioned earlier).

      Again, miHret yewridelka.

  3. Tesfu,

    You said you don't care about other countries' practices, but you want to install their practices in Eritrea?

    Do you really know about the practice of dictators and their foreign bank accounts amounting to Billions of dollars, and their ostentatiously extravagant lifestyles… when you're comparing the nation's government to dictatorships? And did you know that most dictators do in fact conduct "elections", and always win over 95% of the votes?

    Did you not know, The Emperor was the leader 40 years ago, or has your blind hatred also blinded your thinking? Just like your hatred for Thomas Mountain. The fact that he speaks the truth might make him a better Eritrean than yourself, but not more Catholic than the Pope. If you're an Eritrean in the first place, that is.

    What's incompetent is your logic, and definitely your English.

    MiHret yewridelka ze'Hawey!

    1. Etr,
      Let me make it clear again, if other countries dictators has foreign bank account or win election with 95% of the votes, again why should i care? Let those countries people discuss and take care of it. Your argument is very week, do you mean implemting a rule of law and allow people to elect their leader is a practice dedicated for western countries only?. If our people are intelligent enought to vote on local level why not on the national level?. Why is it OK to have president for life when we have so many intelligent Eritreas (even within PFDJ) who can take over and lead the country?. Why don´t we have a vice president who can take over in case any sudden death of the president?.

      Why is our people kept in the dark regarding international news to mention some the current events in Egypt which is never reported in Eri-TV, is the president afraid of its own people? ´__Are you seriously saying that Thomas M. is an independet journalist? Don´t you wonder all his articles is about prasing the president all the time, and has never written any article critical of the current leadership? Does it mean the current leadership is perfect? Please enlight me.

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