#AwakeningYou: STARTUP NIGERIA: MY NATION AND I (1) – @StevenHaastrup
Former US President Bill Clinton said in his second inaugural address and I quote, “The government is not the solution, neither is it the problem.”
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That, to me, is one of the truest and humbling statements ever to come from the mouth of a politician. Bill Clinton is of the opinion that a society does not progress at the mercy of the government. The most progressive government is not intrusive. It does not seek to ride roughshod on the will and ambition of the people. It is not out to order the lives of the citizenry by taking over. Political power, in its purest form is unleashed to provide amenities that free up the people to pursue individual and corporate goals within the confine of the rule of law.
Whether Bill Clinton lived by what he preached in his 8 years as president, is open for debate. But the truth remains that most constitutions of the world’s nations begin with “We the people…” and go on to state the laws that will govern the people, laced with sufficient liberty for pursuit of individual goals and happiness.
Political power here and in other nations has not always been used to further the interests of the people. When a political office holder speaks of “my people” he is often referring to himself, his wife and children. Political wheeling and dealing in nation’s capitals of the world and at the state and regional assemblies, is often about who gets what and who loses out in the power game. There is little time left to think about the people.
The role of the people is to seek out the best political leadership it can get through active participation in electoral process and through making political leaders accountable. But the people should never surrender the search for societal transformation to the political class. It would be too dangerous to do so. You see politics is a game of numbers. And to get the numbers, compromise is inevitable. In the corridor of compromise, exigencies are the kings. Often progressive thinking takes the back stage. Only that which furthers the interest of a power block is pursued with a passion; the general interest is discarded like a dirty rag.
‘Political power, in its purest form is unleashed to provide amenities that free up the people to pursue individual and corporate goals within the confine of the rule of law.’
‘The role of the people is to seek out the best political leadership it can get through active participation in electoral process and through making political leaders accountable.’
My dear reader, what this means is that the change we are looking for will be driven by you through the kindness of your heart to others and through your concern for issues that matter to the progress and development of yourself and that of your fellow human beings. No nation in history has developed otherwise.
We Must, We Will and We Can!
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Haastrup Steven is the Executive Director of Startup Nigeria; He is a freelance writer, speaker, startup trainer and a lover of God. He is a fan of technology and its influence over our lives and the society.
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