Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Corruption is the Key

Well its been about 2 weeks since I said that I was going to start blogging and unfortunately its only my 2nd posting. I could use any of the following excuses. Too busy at work, family obligations, busy with a planned move, looking for a new job etc etc. While all of these excuses are worthy they are all only part of the story.

While looking at our current situation is Israel - I am at a loss of where to start. Among the issues that bother me are (in no particular order).

  • Its bad enough that Sharon left GK but now Olmert is trying to make Hebron Judenrien (and that's only the start of his disengagement).
  • Labor wants to return us to the good-old-days of socialistic bureaucracy
  • Likud is looking more and more like a bunch of incompetent spineless morons every day
  • The Right is once again shooting itself in the foot by refusing to present a united front.
  • Mafdal is as wishy washy as ever - with no idealism left.
  • How the whole political process is flawed.

    I could go on and on for hours (and I probably will in future posts) about the lack of leadership, the anti religious attitude and lack of idealism etc etc that is engulfing the country - and continue to avid putting thoughst down 0n paper - but enough excuses - today I want to focus on one of the key (at least in my opinion) elemens that have led us to this situation - CORRUPTION.

    Today I attended at work a "round table" discussion to discuss company issues. The initial part of the session was a getting to know each other activity where we all had to answer a number of questions (most not that relevenant). The last question on the list was "the thing that upsets me the most about Israel is...........................? I was the 3rd person to answer the first commented on the driving in Israel the 2nd said something about bureaucracy and then I said one word "Corruption" the funny thing is that out of the next 8 people 5 agreed with me - we are living in one of the most corrupt "democracy's" in the world!!

    According to my handy Dictionary.com Corruption is n 1: lack of integrity or honesty; use of a position of trust for dishonest gain 2: in a state of progressive putrefaction 3: decay of matter 4: moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; 5: destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity; 6: inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by committing a felony);

    Above are six good definitions that can be applied to almost every one of our public officials. Defintly on the national level and also in many cities (including mine) on the local level. Whenever I get into a potentially heated political discussion with work colleagues I always try to defuse the situation by stating the obvious - all 120 members of the kennest should be behind bars - sometimes it takes them a few seconds and sometimes they try to think of the exception but almost always they are forced to agree with me (I would welcome any attempts by readers to identify exceptions and why you feel that they are).

    Last thoughts for the day (and yes eventually I will hopefully make an attempt to continue this thread - how's that for non-committal :-) Any thoughts on what we as individuals can do to change this? How did we get into this situation? IS there any hope on getting out of it?

    Thanks for reading,
    Married+ four

  • Wednesday, January 04, 2006

    My Own Blog

    On January 4th 2006 at 16:28 IST while on a conference call with my boss and co-workers, I took the step of creating my first blog. This blog is geared for me to express my thoughts, opinions and views on the life the universe and everything. What content I will be adding will really depend on my thoughst at any given time. Feel free to comment and share your views with me and maybe I will actually comment back to you :-)

    Thanks for reading,

    married + 4