By DR. DJUWARI
APPROACHING the presidential election in any country, political atmosphere is getting hot. Therefore, it is important to learn about the type of the people, especially in developing countries. We have to learn about it and then we have to do what is the best for our own country.
Politics is confusing. Politics is amusing. Politics is tricking. And, anyhow, politics is interesting. These are the various description for politics. For ordinary people, politics is confusing. For these people, they do not have any background of both education and experience. They don’t have any education about politics. They do not have any experience about politics. They see the political affairs as they see in their real lives. Therefore, they get confused when they try to live in politics.
Politics can be amusing. These people only have an interest to see, watch, and try to talk about politics but they have little knowledge about politics. For them, politics is amusing. They get amused when they try to see the political affairs and talk about it. What they guess to be right, suddenly it is wrong for them. They get amused because something that looks right for them, suddenly it is wrong in reality.
Politics, to some extents, is also tricking. The people who have got even a background of education in politics may get involved in it, but they get tricked. There are lots of tricks in politics. In one period, some politicians can be in a one political views or party, but in another period, they can move to another political party. This is common in politics. In this case, politics is like a chameleon. Are they wrong in that way? No. The goal is more important for them.
Anyway, politics is interesting. Fort the people who get interested in analyzing political affairs, politics is interesting. For the people who are well educated, they feel enjoyable to see the tricks, the chameleon, and the confused people. For them, politics is not the serious problem. For them, politics is not a nuisance. And, for them, politics is like a football game. They watch the players, the spectators, and the referee.
Among the types of people above, the type that has the worst impact is the first type. Those who get confused when seeing the political affairs. They are the grassroots. They are the low people. They are the low-educated people with large number in the society, especially in the developing countries. For them, politics is confusing. Because they get confused, they are easily manipulated. They get tricked. They are used.
The more dangerous one is whenever they are too fanatic. If they are too fanatic, they get easily used for mobilization. The bigger the number of these people, the more dangerous the country is. Mostly, the type of these people are easily mobilized. The result of mobilization is so huge power for destruction. If they are not destructive—because being skillfully managed—at least, they can be used as a threat. So, their existence is for threatening others: the opponents.
The strategy to make them calm down is by educating them. The government should be active from the beginning how to lead them. The government can make a program periodically. More importantly, they can coordinate all the regional and local government for managing the type of these people. Education can be by done through mass media: newspaper, television, and some other media electronically.
Politics is not permanent. It is in a very short-term period. When the target is achieved, they will finish their maneuver. When they get their goal achieved, they can change their strategy such as compromising, coalition, and collaboration. Therefore, we are always confused when seeing the controversies, quarrelling, disputing, and even fighting.
Yet, finally, they are ended in a reconciliation, for they have finished struggling to get their goal attained. Everything is always in a short time. Please do not quarrel. Just look at a politics like seeing a football game. We can clap, shout, and when the ball is shot and get into the goal pole, we can yell together that it is the goal.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Djuwari is the Head of Research Journal Publication at STIE Perbanas Surabaya. The advisor of Indonesia Association of Press Practitioners/ Journalists in East Java province (HIPSI), Indonesia. He is also the president of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER)
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