الأربعاء، 27 فبراير، 2008

What political party should we join? or should we??

It just crossed my mind that although I have had a voting registration card for ages, I never registered for any political party!! I have always been criticizing my friends and students for not having a voter registration card, and about their complaints that elections will always be rigged, telling them that if you don't go to vote, you don't have the right to criticize the voting process, you have actually handed over your right to someone else to make your decision on your behalf!! that's my view anyway..

Joining a political party was never a priority to me as I mentioned, but with the increasing influence of Political Islam, we -secularists, liberals, leftists, freedom lovers, etc...- have to join forces and belong to some political entity to counter this vicious attack on liberties and freedom in their quest to turn Egypt into Egyptstan...

Reviewing the political scene reveals that there are only three credible options for centrists, and liberals, and these are: Al-Ghad, Al-Wafd, and the Democratic Front. Besides, there are the bastions of the left represented by the Al-Tajamoa, and Al-Arabi Al-Nasri.

I'm not a leftist, so I would rather pick one of the first three; the problem is that the first has his legal head imprisoned -Ayman Nour, besides, while I initially admired him, I was puzzled by his visit to the Grand Murshid of the Muslim Brotherhood!! he might have had a good reason but I don't know about that...

The second party is the Al-Wafd which used to be the bastion of freedom and the party of the people until 1952! the reincarnation of this party was never convincing even with the good performance it has put during the eighties of last century. I wouldn't join this one either...

The third party is the newly created Democratic Front party. Judging by the names of the founders of this party, and their listed program, this is the liberal party to be associated with, the problem is that it is still in its infancy, but that makes it even better. ..

I have made up my mind! I will join the DF...