A Greek Demands No More Lies: "If We Opt For Comforting But Phony Rhetoric We Dig Our Own Graves"

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By Alexis Papachelas, first posted in Kathimerini

No More Lies

We have become accustomed to cynicism and lies that we have are immune to anything that is said. Various people come up with comments like: “Come on, SYRIZA is all talk, it won’t actually carry out what it says; I’m certain of it. It will do an about-face.” This position is not adopted by voters alone. Opposition officials are reassuring representatives of the establishment that they have nothing to fear with regard to what’s on the party program as it is not binding in any way.

Of course this was also the case with the previous opposition and the one before that. They promised one thing in public, another in their program and ended up delivering something completely different in the end. This is something of a political disease in Greece. In a normal country citizens would not elect anyone who so blatantly showed that what was said during the pre-election period was merely a gimmick to attract votes. Sure, we put up with it in the past and still do today. It’s a populist tradition that began with the tough-guy attitude of Andreas Papandreou. Remember the US military bases issue? We glorified Papandreou as a political maestro as he fooled people with promises of closing the bases and then fooled them again by keeping them open. We ended up giving legitimacy to lies and accepting hypocrisy as a legitimate tactic used by our leaders. Despite the crisis, this tradition stands today. Politicians utter big words for the public with a wink to those in the know, a tip that they will not do as they say.

What’s worse is that Greek politicians have lied to our foreign partners and creditors with same ease with which they lie to us. For instance, they signed a memorandum with dozens of reforms they pledged to implement within a given period of time. Then they started the funny business: laws were passed but either left unimplemented or even canceled altogether. Then, just before a new bailout tranche was to be released, the excuses would start, blaming others or forces beyond their control for their lack of progress. Those outside Greece could not understand why any responsible politician would sign on the dotted line when they couldn’t deliver and our credibility suffered. The cost ultimately fell on those who were unable to shield themselves from amendments passed on the sly, directives that only the most savvy could possibly understand; in short, it fell on the taxpayers, who were bled dry.

It’s time for citizens and the media to grow up. To pressure politicians for the truth and not to ostracize those who dare to tell it like it is. If we opt for comforting rhetoric, knowing how phony it is, we will be digging our own graves.

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cpnscarlet's picture

Guess the alternative is to dig someone else's grave.

kliguy38's picture

go short gyros.....very short

Wolferl's picture

Gosh, this is about the best description of the Greek desease i ever red by a Greek. But since that Alexis Papachelas guy IS Greek, how do i know it´s not just another lie just to fool others again?

 

Greeks have a culture where cheating is seen a a smart move. That´s why they do not belong to the civlized world.

DeadFred's picture

"In a normal country citizens would not elect anyone who so blatantly showed that what was said during the pre-election period was merely a gimmick to attract votes"

What world does he live in and how do I find a portal to it?

messymerry's picture

The Greeks have been doing this sionce biblical times:

Titus 1:12-14New International Version (NIV)

12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”[a] 13 This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith 14 and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the merely human commands of those who reject the truth.

I can say this because I am a Greek and I never lie...  ;-D

OBTW:  messymerry is Greek for the afternoon nap time also called siesta in Spanish...

NoDebt's picture

This is treason in the Empire of Lies.

 

ebworthen's picture

Take a look at Jesse's graphic "The Political and Economic Continuum" here (scroll down page):

http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com/

ThroxxOfVron's picture

"In a normal country citizens would not elect anyone who so blatantly showed that what was said during the pre-election period was merely a gimmick to attract votes"

Unfortunately this is normal for so-called Democracy.

Democracy without responsibility and accountability, without automatic systemic punitive punishments for hypocracy and lies; is nothing more than a fraud perpetrated upon those foolish enought to place trust in the system and the actors which populate it.

Ergo: there is no such thing.

Democracy is a fraud.   It does not exist.  It probably never did anywhere at any time.  Interesting idea though....

Anusocracy's picture

Democracy is just another con like the divine right of kings.

Enabled by the perpetual stupidity of the masses.

Bobportlandor's picture

I may have a solution to this. So every 4 years an election is held and each candidate is placed into cache, then every Quarter the people can vote either Like or Dislike and when the tally reaches a predetermined % their immediately removed and the #2 person takes over.

You could apply this to department heads also.

 

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

It's the red pill and blue pill thing. You took the wrong pill so you're in the wrong world.

OldPhart's picture

"In a normal country citizens would not elect anyone who so blatantly showed that what was said during the pre-election period was merely a gimmick to attract votes."

That statement defines the United States.  Guess we're an abnormal country.

logicalman's picture

Think about what you type.

Greeks have a culture where cheating is seen a a smart move. That´s why they do not belong to the civlized world.

If that's the case, why aren't the world's bankers all Greek?

 

KnuckleDragger-X's picture

Truth, we should be encougaging everybody on Wall St to colonize Mars....

lakecity55's picture

Because bankers are Khazars.

Lea's picture

"Greeks have a culture where cheating is seen a a smart move. That´s why they do not belong to the civlized world."

In that case, as the whole of the West is exactly the same, it doesn't belong to the civilized world.

I'd quite agree, though.

Arius's picture

@Lea

the culture of people, ethics, values etc. have nothing to do with the debt system built in the West and exported throughout the World.

Dont think because we "wote" we have anysay on anything ... even prime ministers or presidents are just pawns and figure heads ... even if they wanted they are powerless to change the debt system.

Although, people are different of course, in general people are good, however, this debt based system by its nature being based on lies and cheating it tends to bring out at the top the scam of the earth ...in america (being a new country) it is even institutionalized and accepted as popular culture "good guys finish last" they say ... I have not seen such sayings in other cultures.

having said that, most we can do is to believe in God and try to live as best as you can with your values and ethics. 

donsluck's picture

I'm not sure what god you're referring to, but the Christian god supports slavery, infanticide, murder, torture, etc...

Arius's picture

the message was about the nature of the debt based system.  do you have any comments or thoughts to contribute?

 

the reference to God was about my personal belief and two cents of advice.

winchester's picture
winchester (not verified) Arius Jan 4, 2015 6:33 PM

the culture of people, ethics, values etc. have nothing to do with the debt system built in the West and exported throughout the World.

 

fucking wrong

 

if ppl were less selfish about their lame lifes and less jealous about neighbour possessing and  systemical comparating with others, the world would never have produced such amount of junk product just because if one fucker buy, 100 other fuckers see it and want  the same.

it IS ALL CULTURAL-ETHIC- VALUES etc.

 

 

 

 

logicalman's picture

Imagine a world in which everyone was as honest as politicians!

On second thoughts, don't.

another_brick_in_the_wall's picture

Alexis Papaxelas was caught in WikiLeaks Gate passing the script of his "Documentary" on The Georgian-Russian War to the American Embasy in Athens for proof reading. NOTHING HE SAYS IS TO BE TRUSTED.

skistroni's picture

Papachelas is a Bilderberger, look up the lists. Nuff said.

Escapedgoat's picture

And you are a civilised one??

 Please tell us your ethnicity so we can  be more enlightened.

Do go ahead.

Graph's picture

World copies your creative work for 2500 years.

How you "cheat" into that ?

Not denying though that be it in architecture or in corruption "We are all Greeks now".

nicxios's picture

Enlightenment on the civilized workd by an assclown. Par for the course these days on zerohedge.

WmMcK's picture

Time to call a spade a spade.

logicalman's picture

Call a spade a hand operated earth moving device.

Zodiac's picture

Greek politicians lying to its citizens: it's a feta ccompli

adonisdemilo's picture

@cpnscarlet

Hopefully big enough for the entire EU project, IMF, ECB and NATO would be hoping for a bit too much, later, perhaps.

HungryPorkChop's picture

This hilarious video sums it up about Greece.  Gotta watch, unless you're from Germany.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvl9N9GdraQ

lakecity55's picture

Haha.

"We delay the Germans from Invading Russia so they freeze their asses off!"

TheReplacement's picture

How do you say, "Enjoy your grave" in Greek?

williambanzai7's picture

Why just the Greeks. He seems to be describing American politicians as well.

sessinpo's picture

Why just Greeks, He seems to be describing government.

Fixed it for you

seminal1's picture
seminal1 (not verified) williambanzai7 Jan 4, 2015 1:11 PM

He's describing all politicians--they all lie. 

donsluck's picture

Not true. During Lincolns time, politicians would not promise anything, only campaign based on their records. They didn't want to be caught lying, which carried serious social stigma. It was the culture that changed. Still, I think there are honest politicians.

lakecity55's picture

I think Kucinich and R Paul are pretty close.

Also Nader.

That_shits_broken's picture

get to work Mr. Bullard!

Seasmoke's picture

No more government. Anywhere. 

sessinpo's picture

I like that idea, until a band of mad max bandits come through the neighborhood. So then I have to get a posse to combat that shit and thus you have government forming again. See how it works and why no solution has been found yet?

donsluck's picture

Huh? A "solution"? To evolution?

bbq on whitehouse lawn's picture

Government is said to be like a fire: in force and nature, i say its a bad idea to allow it to gather its own fuel.

Silverhog's picture

A fight for freedom may bring the aircraft carrier USS Goldensacks close to your shores. 

Escapedgoat's picture

They could borrow one of those for a limited time only