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We’re gonna vent our frustration….

…And I went down to the demonstration
To get my fair share of abuse,
Singin’ “We’re gonna vent our frustration…
If we don’t, we’re gonna blow a 50-amp fuse…

You Can’t Always get What You Want
Jagger/ Richards


PAGUN


JAKARTA, INDONESIA – The Jakarta Anti-corruption Day demonstrations and rallies, while grinding the city to a halt, seemed to be lacking in focus or even any specific agenda. It was a grassroots outpouring of frustration by a population that is fed up with what seems more and more every day to be a purely cosmetic fight against the systematic, systemic, and pernicious corruption that is the single most significant impediment to Indonesia’s growth as a nation.


Far from the rallies being a disguise or excuse for a coup d’etat as SBY had suggested they were, they were simply the people raging against the hypocrisy routinely demonstrated by leaders who wax poetic and rail virtuously while electioneering, and then do little, nothing, or actually contribute to and benefit from the rot in the body politic of this country.

It is only experience and not cynicism that suggests that nothing positive will come of this. Certainly the politicians will know that they have to spout anti-graft rhetoric to achieve public office, but there seems little likelihood that their actions, once they are ensconced with their snouts in the public trough, will be any different once they have a mandate.

My heart bleeds for Indonesia.

Elected representatives doing their jobs

Have you seen the little piggies

Crawling in the dirt
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt to play around in.
Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt
Always have clean shirts to play around in.
In their sties with all their backing
They don’t care what goes on around
In their eyes there’s something lacking
What they need’s a damn good whacking.
Everywhere there’s lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.

Lennon/McCartney



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