Addicted to power & forgotten the people, Abhisit’s Dems struggle to re-define the party

Abhisit Vejjajiva - World Economic Forum Annua...

Abhisit Vejjajiva – World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009 (Photo credit: World Economic Forum)

When people smoke there is a good chance of getting cancer and when people drink there is a good chance of liver failure. And when people are addicted to power, they often forget about where the power comes from.

Under the Democratic process, legitimate and sustainable power comes from the people. But here in Thailand, Abhisit’s Dems have for the past 21 years, lost every general election, but have relied on “Maneuvering” to come to power. That addiction to “Maneuvering” for power, have meant that the party have lost sight of the people, and have turned to serve the anti-democracy elite establishment, to the extent of being involved in killing about 100 protesters.

There are some attempts to “Reform” the party, with the latest is the MP that is responsible for the party’s central Thailand region, saying he might even leave the party, if real “Reform” is not pushed at the party, but after a 4 hours tense discussion at the party, the party gave Abhisit more absolute power over the party, and criticized the MP pushing for reform.

The party itself, aside, is not a problem, as it has the right to pursuit the road to power, as it wishes, minus the killing.

But Thailand as a whole is suffering.

There are many examples, such as the latest by the iconic Dems figure, Chuan, inciting hatred among the different region of Thailand, with his factually incorrect assertions that money is being stolen from Southern Thailand to the North and Issan region. Other example includes, earlier, the party fiercely criticized the government over the rice subsidy scheme, for many years, but as its voter base, wanted subsidy, Abhisit Dems tried to turn the call into an opportunity to topple the government by pushing for rubber subsidy to the extreme. Then as the rubber farmer failed to escalate to threaten the government, weeks later, the party was back at criticizing the rice subsidy.


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