Politics are a product, Politicians are salesmen


Contrary to popular belief,   I do not hate the ANC and I am not a DA supporter.

The local elections are coming up soon, and it’s time I give my 2 cents on them. I’m going to put it out there right now, and this I my belief, I don’t expect anyone to agree.  You have two choices the ANC or the DA. These are the products I want to talk about. These are OMO and Surf, everyone else is Family Favourite, No name or  -what I’d like to call- the SS (Surprise Surprise) brand, COPE.

This is basically Voting For Dummies. If you are like me, and you don’t claim to know more than you do, you’ll understand that no one really knows what’s going on in Politics. We only know what we are told, by the media, OMO and Surf, about themselves and about each other. Sir Winston Churchill, was a wise man (drunks usually are). He was famous for saying a lot of things that amuse the masses. He once said: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average
voter”.  This could mean a lot of things.

  • We are fed so many lies/truths/stories/hoopla that we can’t be trusted to make an
    informed/sound decision.
  • We a apart of a society that believes/entertains Mboro (Paseka Motsoeneng), the pastor who infamously casts out demons out of girls by fingering them whist eating ice cream.
  • Maybe China has it right with their little to no democracy, because Hu Jintao (President of the PRC) is arguably the  world’s most intelligent leader.
  •  It could also mean that we are very emotional when it comes to voting for the person who will be running our home (country), this distracting us from the issues that really matter.

Democracy is a right vested in the population to choose the person (Zuma ANC/Zille DA), who will lead us to a better and more prosperous life. Words of focus being person, choose and better.

Back to politics being a product, and politicians the salesmen

I was watching Special Assignment a few days ago and they were basically talking about Zuma and Zille. Lebohang Pheko said a lot of things that actually made me come to the realisation that politics is actually a product and politicians the salesmen. She said that President Zuma, like to carry himself as the people’s person. He wants to be that friendly uncle we all love. And Helen Zille wants to come through as the new face of South Africa, as that white woman who understands what it is to be a struggling South African. Clips where than shown of both Helen and Jacob dancing for our votes. Yes they dance for our votes (I hate it when they dance).

Consider OMO and Surf, they both wash clothes, I don’t think one is particularly better than the other, but they sure would like to think so, or rather make us think so. We don’t know what goes into making OMO or Surf. These are homogeneous products, when you don’t like the other, you switch and move on because FOR CRYING OUT LOUD you want clean clothes. It’s not that deep.

We need to think of politics in the same light. If these politicians are going to dance and use all kinds of rhetoric and bashing, then we cannot be so emotionally invested in deciding who to vote for. These guys are playing dirty, and we care too much about the things that don’t matter. We must stop thinking of the ANC as “Mandela” and the DA as “White”. We need to see them as what they are, OMO and Surf.

What I’m saying is, apartheid, race, dancing, bashing, how people died so you can vote, etc are NOT indicators on who is the better person to wash you clothes, the facts are. If you are going to vote please only consider the FACTS!!! I’ll post some facts up later.



About obialone
I'm random and unwise. I'm always seeking wisdom in its simplest form. I'm scared of not being scared, so I find ways to terrify myself. I care about everything, and I'm interested in all things. I reserve the right to change my mind, anytime. So in most cases I find it best to humble my opinion

4 Responses to Politics are a product, Politicians are salesmen

  1. Ngwanamosadi says:

    Best one so far. Very well written, to the point and very hard to argue against. Point well made sir.

  2. AyBeeOh says:

    You finally wrote it! I miss Special Assignment and the like. I knew you were sneaking into the back of POL101 in first year ;).

    Firstly, I love the metaphor, so I’m like seriously gonna run with it :). I wish other South Africans could come to this realization. That’s how real democracies work. If you don’t like the results you’re getting from OMO you switch to Surf or SS, for that matter. Because God darnit it doesn’t matter how you came to use OMO, it just matters what it’s doing for you now. Otherwise, you’re stuck with dirty clothes and the memory of what OMO used to do for you. And quite frankly memories don’t put clean clothes on your back.

    Nice one, Obi 🙂

    • obialone says:

      I actually wish I did sneak into those lectures! But yeah, you put more light on what I said, OMO and Surf is exactly how real democracies work!!!

      And the memories of what OMO used to do for you really isn’t going to keep em clothes clean.

      Thanks BFF:)

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