He became a deputy, for decades he was in various senior positions. True, he did not win special laurels, but still in the leading clip, he continues to pull the excessive burden of the “servant of the people.” From his spiritual bond, only a round and well-fed … turnip remained.
In this story there is no fiction, allegory or libel on the bright image of the national guardian. On the contrary, I do not call him by name just because I want to spare the nerves of the simple-minded people who at one time gave sympathy to a visiting political guest performer. Our deputies, candidates, senators, officials only out of necessity and for a short time descend to the ground, “showing concern” for a simple person. Then, in a private plane, fly away to your villas and yachts, where in the quiet of the splashing sea it is easier to relieve the stress of meeting an alien “remote place” for them, to erase unpleasant images of general neglect and poverty from memory.
The social gap between the government and the people has always existed among us: that under Ivan the Terrible, that under Nicholas II, that under Stalin and further on the list. We admit honestly that the tsar, neither the emperors, nor the Bolshevik or democratic leaders, the well-being of the common man was a priority. The state and its interests are everything, but man is almost nothing! However, today’s stratification in the country, the gigantic wealth of some and the hopeless poverty of others, even against such a historical background, look glaring.
The so-called Russian elite does not even know how things are outside the two capitals. How millions of citizens of small towns and villages survive – the most humble part of the country, the inhabitants of that very province, the outback, about which the elites allegedly bake.
In fact, they are all “terribly far from the people,” as Lenin noted, alluding to the fact that the Bolsheviks will be much closer when they come to power. For they themselves come from the thick of the people.
But Vladimir Ilyich, having become the master of the Kremlin, did not change historical traditions, having settled together with his wife in an 11-room apartment in the Senate Palace, with two elevators and a summer terrace for relaxing and walking.
In a word, it doesn’t matter which century is in the yard – everything happens according to one scenario. New elites break into power under the slogans of protecting the interests of the people, and then isolate themselves from the common man and his worries in order to focus on solving more “ambitious” tasks. So they come off gradually from reality, cease to understand the life of ordinary citizens.
And if someone says that this happens to high-ranking officials around the world, then I will not agree. Not so long ago, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived at a regular store in the immigrant area of London at the wheel … of a bicycle. Recognizing him, people came up to say hello by the hand and take a selfie. Having finished communication, Johnson unhooked the lock from the frame, got on his bicycle and drove off into the bourgeois Piccadilly.
I cannot imagine Johnson’s Russian colleague in the same role – at least the present, at least any of the past – personally I can’t, at least crack! Although one of them would take such a walk in the midst of a street crowd, renting a bike and going for bread to the bench, he probably could have learned a lot of new and interesting information about people’s lives, first hand. You see, this knowledge would help in the preparation of some important government decisions …
Ideologies or systems are changing, and the nature of power is never! And most of today’s problems are a consequence of that very isolation and split. Hence the inadequate response of the authorities to many internal events, challenges and aspirations.
Maybe this would have continued, if not for the sudden pandemic, which had fallen like snow on his head, exposing all the drama and depth of Russian problems.
To be fair, the government promptly took the necessary and important measures to protect the population. In a short period of time, hospitals and clinics were redesigned into coronavirus control centers, provided with protective equipment, thanks to which massive losses were avoided. And the appearance of Vladimir Putin in Kommunarka, communication with specialists of the medical center and the support of doctors became almost a balm for the soul – which means that not everything is so bad!
However, millions of ordinary citizens, being isolated, alone with their fear, fears, phobias, experienced total stress, which they are unlikely to quickly and without consequences get rid of. New and unfamiliar words appeared: saturation, virulence, alveolus, on which the lives of their loved ones now depend. In a literal sense. The pandemic caused tectonic shifts and psychological trauma in people’s minds. It seems that such confusion and absolute misunderstanding of what to do, how to be saved, people have never had, perhaps even during the Great Patriotic War, where the enemy was terrible, but understandable and visible. It was especially hard for the elderly contingent, which was initially identified as a hopeless “risk group”.
Deputies, ministers, heads of regions, territories frankly skated about the excitement of people. They had nothing to say or simply did not consider it necessary – this is not an election campaign! Especially to rush off somewhere, spend money and risk your health. It is much safer to jump out to the provinces on a Gelendvagen for a couple of days, throwing a sweatshirt with earflaps and pickaxes in the trunk to seduce the electorate.
We did not see the proper support of the business community. Not a single oligarch was seen in volunteer actions or financial support for hospitals. None of them ran to withdraw money from accounts to help those in need.
Each time we are convinced that we should not wait for male, and simply humane, human actions from our Forbes regulars. Although they have been scooping billions of dollars for decades in those very deceived remote places, polluting nature for hundreds of kilometers, which is why the population is gradually dying out.
We did not hear the voices of representatives of official medicine, whose words would help people calm down. As a result, psychosis reached such heights that even doctors refused to replace whole teams. And you can understand them, because few people want to risk the health and lives of loved ones and relatives for a penny.
The pandemic and all the events associated with it caused only discontent and distrust of the authorities. When half a century ago, Moscow artist Alexei Kokorekin, who returned from India, fell ill with smallpox, the entire population of Moscow (6 million people) was completely vaccinated within 19 days. And no one blundered why and for what they are vaccinated! Because they were one hundred percent sure – everything is done for their health and good.
The outbreak was localized, only three people died. So Soviet medicine coped with typhoid, plague, tuberculosis, smallpox, polio and other epidemics using its own vaccines.
Today, one hint of the need for vaccines causes the majority of anxiety and protest. Perhaps fears are exaggerated and have no soil. But people no longer believe anyone. Too often they have been deceived and continue to deceive.
They do not know how to work differently. Maybe they would like to, but they don’t know how!
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