Society and how much Greeks trust the political system
The economic crisis we have been experiencing in Greece since 2009; has greatly transformed the whole structure of the Greek society. Mainly in a negative way. I can identify so many things that have changed significantly in those 7 years. That probably would be considered for granted, just a decade or so ago.
One of the things that has changed for sure is the trust of Greek citizens in political parties. As well as the democracy in general. Greeks decided to punish the old parties that governed Greece for over 40 years. That was considered responsible to bring the society and the country to a dead end. The two leading parties that once were getting over 80% of total votes; hardly reach half of that percentage right now. One of them is steadily under 5-6%; and possibly declining more.
During the last national elections, I noticed that over 36% of the voters did not go to vote. In the past I would be really harsh on them. They believed that voting is a privilege we have as citizens; and which we need to practice and preserve. But I’m becoming more skeptical about that myself now. It could probably end not voting in the near future, despite the fact that I would once consider that totally unacceptable. It’s strange how things change so rapidly.
What you vote for is not actually what you get
The problem is that Greeks do not trust democracy and the political system of the country anymore for a good reason. It’s a fact that politicians in Greece have misled the society and unfortunately they continue to do so. They keep making so many declarations and create programs and proposals but eventually none of these happen. My personal opinion is that each government; either left or right; does not have the free will to rule this country.
We are in such a difficult situation that we have to follow every single decision made by the E.U. and the I.M.F.; whether it is good or bad. Even the so called “radical left” that has been in charge of the country in the last couple of years did not have the chance to change things as it said it would and when it started to act independently for a while, it was brought back to reality, because the country was left unprotected and alone and that was actually scaring for both the government and the society.
This is why I have become skeptical about the whole thing again
It’s not a democratic system we are having, since people in the society votes for certain political parties and proposals and totally different things really happen next. This has caused another “disturbance” to our political system, which is the rise of extremists, especially of the right. Even though Greece has suffered so many disasters from chauvinism and fascism, a part of the Greek voters have given them power to express their misleading and dangerous positions again.
I’m 100% sure that most of the people in the society who vote such political forces are really fed up with the situation and express their disapproval, but it’s something that have made the situation worse, it has decreased the trust to democracy even more and has created tension within the parliament and outside of it.
Will the Greek society trust democracy again?
This question is difficult to be answered. I personally believe that it will take a lot of time for things to become better. Furthermore, in order for things to work again; radical changes need to be done and most importantly life for Greeks needs to be changed. If eventually things get better financially in the future and people in the society start to feel less stress and pressure, when their lives return to what they used to and when Greek politicians and the system starts to act independently and for the sake of the country again, maybe things will start to change.
Only then will I and other Greeks start believing in democracy again. The reason is because there’s no point in protecting and maintaining a situation that it does not practically work. Unfortunately, I suspect we are going to need a lot of time for that, when it’s finally possible…