Politics is a means to get rich, not serve
Sunday May 8 2022 - 20:11
Adnan Abu Zeid
Democracies are founded on the axis of competition between parties that need money to finance their activities.
But this money is dangerous, if it becomes an end, not a means, and it may lead to favoritism for donors who can even buy the votes of the voters.
One of the biggest threats to democracy is the money that flows uncontrollably to parties.
In Freedom House's report, it is clear that financial resources during the electoral process are one of the most important challenges even in Europe.
In the third world, the danger of political money to the formation of political maps and governments emerges, as
there is often a lack of information about the amount of money that finances players, and this undermines confidence in the state, and opens the way for the violation of public resources, and the acceptance of external penetration.
In some countries, the ruling party dominates state resources and exploits them to promote its programs, and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi's decision not to participate in the 2021 elections was a positive step to remove the influence of government money.
In many countries, parties that lead ministries use the resources of these government institutions to finance themselves and lure their supporters.
It is possible to imagine the privileges of politicians in the ancient democratic countries, since they were not registered with suspicious financing activities, including the fact that 44 US presidents did not become rich.
Barack Obama was born into a middle class family.
Richard Nixon's family went bankrupt and lived in a rented apartment.
Churchill, had a military career, did not appear rich.
In Iran, former President Ahmadinejad, and the presidents after him, are low-income.
In Iraq, huge privileges are being monitored, which moved some politicians from the circle of poverty to the outrageous wealth.