In this episode (which repeats itself over and over and over and over and over again) we discover that a “gentleman” by the name of Odinga Odinga (I swear I’m not making that up) is upset that Ambassadors from First World nations (the United States included) have urged him and his followers to accept the results of the most recent national election won by Uhuru Kenyatta of the Jubilee Party (I swear I didn’t make that up either).
Mr. Odinga Odinga responded to these International entreaties by stating, “We want to tell them (the United States and the International community) in clear terms that Kenya is an independent country and the problems of Kenya will be solved by Kenyans themselves. They can only be, but observers.”
That is a fine sentiment by Mr. Odinga Odinga. He wants no involvement in his country by First World representatives. How admirable – at least until such time as he somehow becomes President of Kenya, in which case I’m sure he’ll welcome the influx of First World dollars that he will use to improve the quality of life for all Kenyans regardless of their political or tribal affiliations.
Ha Ha! Just kidding. Mr. Odinga Odinga will do what every other African leader does. He’ll cram as much foreign aid money into various secret bank accounts around the world for himself as he can, pay friends and family members ludicrously high wages for non-existent jobs, pay off military leaders to not overthrow his regime and leave the people dirt poor and starving in the streets.
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
Mr. Odinga Odinga is also angry that President Kenyatta has harassed and jailed members of his opposition party and deported a lawyer and vocal critic of the Jubilee Party, Mr. Miguna Miguna (I promise you I couldn’t make these names up if I tried).
Mr. Odinga Odinga is calling for new National Elections by August 2018.
If at first you don’t succeed in winning an election, try and try and try and try and try and try again. If that still fails, pick up a weapon.
And just in case you thought disputed elections are the select province of Africa, think again.
Every time I hear bitching and moaning from the American Left and Right about our current state of political affairs, I just crack open the Internet and read some International News. I can always find plenty of stories to remind me why The United States of America is unquestionably the greatest nation on Earth, primarily because of the faith we have in our institutions. Without abiding faith in each other and our branches of government, we’d have nothing.
We’d be Kenya – or Honduras – or Venezuela
Most of the rest of the World are simply incapable of sustained, high-functioning representative government.
Just because people want it to be so, doesn’t make it so.
**Originally Posted on 12 Feb 2018**