The mediocrity of politics and especially politicians looms high at a time when the world is going through a period of unprecedented harsh financial ectopia.
France, a great literary nation, is a prime example at the moment. An imbecile as president, with a rottweiler as his First Lady, he is an easy target for derision and is being ridiculed by satirists who now yearn for Sarkozy’s return. The tough-talking ex-president so often parodied and portrayed by some as a thug is being missed by a great number of people, some of whom once labelled him dictator and Satan.
They despair of Francois Hollande, the uncharismatic socialist, and think him unfit to hold the most powerful office in the land. How long, they ask, before his credibility vaporises and his tenure in power becomes untenable?
In the meantime the powerful lobby of the rich, who are disillusioned with his financial policies, are deserting the homeland to the few remaining places in Europe where they can keep their wits about them and breathe freely.
Cynics are having a whale of a time, scoffing at the lamentable disorder the world finds itself in. A new political Mafia seems to have taken over the wheels of power in practically every corner of the universe. The few remaining exceptions are struggling to keep themselves immune from being swept away by this destructive tide of moral disintegration.
The USA is now falling prey to the perilous lowering of standards in public life, as we witness President Obama and Mitt Romney battling on television to hoodwink the electorate into believing that their rhetoric encapsulates a deep sincerity to keep their promises if elected.
I personally will only believe them when the Devil is blind.
President Obama is at a disadvantage since he has so far failed to implement what he campaigned for in the last election, and is unlikely to fare better if given a second term. Furthermore his time in the White House has been inept and doddering, to say the least. His foreign policy lacks a positive thrust in areas where it could have benefited the advancement of peace, in the Middle East particularly.
As for Mitt Romney, despite his many gaffes, he remains an unknown quantity capable of scoring points to unseat Obama. Could he be worse than the incumbent president? Only time will tell.
But one thing is for certain: both men are not endowed with the political flair and acumen that will secure them a place in history, as truly men of great stature and integrity whose cherished objectives were of a reformative and humanitarian nature, destined to bring peace to a world ravaged by conflict and dissension.
Will men of greater quality ever emerge to seek public office in the future, and replace those whose monopoly of the political system has gradually degraded it to the point of no return?
My sad riposte would be: not in my lifetime.