“…This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper… The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
(Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933)
The repeated elections of June 17th 2012 are considered to be one of the most historic electoral confrontations of all times – and they probably are: not just because they constitute one of the rarest repeated electoral confrontations, but also due to the crucial historic conjunctures, fear of tomorrow and lost hope of the past.
However, the “dilemmas” raised for the consituents in this electoral confrontation as well don’t differ that much from the questions, which should normally be raised in every electoral confrontation of a democratically well-governed state: which vote will serve not only or mainly my selfish interests, but the interests of the society and the country? Which politician (male or female) is the most suitable to govern, due to his/her positions, character-temperament, but an advanced honest life as well? Did I try to get proper, full-scale and objective information as a citizen about the views of the candidates without fear or favour? Why do I eventually vote who I am voting? Due to family tradition, my circle of friends, my partner? Do I know or feel that I really know who I’m voting and why, apart from ideological, traditional or any other kind of blinkers?
These are simple questions, which in action however don’t come with the easy answers someone would theoretically expect.
Today, Greece and the Greeks must overcome via their vote prejudice, obsessions and complex, but mostly one thing: fear. Breaking the fear barrier and voting freely perhaps for the first time is objectively one of the central risks of these elections.
Therefore, this is the reason we vote freely, but this also means that we vote with no fear. The Greece of sports with its long-lasting course to the paper mugs shows once more the way (https://www.intellectum.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/ITL02_111112_Poreia-Pros-tis-xartines-Koupes_Konstantinos-Melissas.pdf).
Could we finally walk this way through the most difficult politic and economic games of our time? We can.