Actually this says a few important things.I think most of the people are missing the point behind these elections and this law.
The truth is that most parties are known now and the work of all parties is known, now we have elections and each party be it FPM, LF or FM are allying with whoever to secure the highest number of seats in the parliament.
Either the FPM doesn't care about who gets to parliament apart from them, or it backed a fundamentally flawed law.
In 2005 and 2009, the campaigns and positions had substance and they showed a clearly different approach on how to run the country.
Now it's empty slogans and a masquarade, with everyone only interested in winning, even if their sworn enemy is on the same list and has a chance to win too.
When they get elected, who will stand with who?
Who will support what?
Saying that everyone knows what each party is and what they stand for is also fundamentally wrong.
The FPM is clearly repositioning itself since its alliance with LF and FM.
At first it was clearly in the Hezb camp, now it's in between.
So if they changed their position on this, what else did they change?
Yeah, true.FPM has been working from 2010 now on projects that everyone knows, from electricity, water, internet connection, Syrian issue, Corruption, National unity etc... Most of those projects did not see the light of day yet and no it is very childish and naive to say that kellon metel ba3ed and 3am yeser2ouna w 3am yetda77ako 3alayna.
Some are worse than others, some are more incompetent than others and some are more corrupt than others.
But the FPM blurred the lines by allying (I'm talking here about full fledged support and not finding common ground) with some of the worst parties in people this country has ever seen (parliamentary, municipal and union elections).
So, when FM's people are blatantly getting a preferential treatment in Beirut and the FPM is not even not opposing, but endoring fraudulent contracts, why should we believe that the FPM is not that bad?
They're acting like the others!!!!
What Li Baladi would do is put the right checks and balances in place and they won't accept half assed solutions.So, lets ask these simple questions:
1. For example, did any party besides FPM present a solution/project for the electricity/water issue? I see a lot of objections from the different parties, LF approves the project then change their minds later, FM opposes the project then backs it up later etc.. However the project is still the same and FPM position is still the same.
Lets say Li Baladi and co proposes another project, can they get the approval of the rest of the parties/forces? Knowing that the approval is not given based on what the project is but based on the political affiliations/moods of the country?
If they don't, they'll lose their support.
No one is saying that parties can't work together.
We're only saying that when they bend over to the other, they at least need to use protection....for them and the people they claim they represent.
2. Li Baladi and all these movements are nice, I can see they are very appealing. Lets say they make it, what will they actually do? They will have to follow the same path of FPM for the next 4-10 years, build their way up the parliament, government and different institutions. Can they do that without working with the rest of the parties/forces inside Lebanon? Can they do that without working with FM/HA/PSP etc.. ?
Again, no one says you won't work with others.
We're saying that when you do, you better count your fingers after you shake the FM's hands.
We're saying don't go for anything that will make you win more seats.
We're saying there's a limit to how low you can bend and many times parties have a go at you.
At the end of the day, it's us the people who are losing the most from this lack of interest in our situation.
Yes it did build its way up, which is quite impressive.The truth is that FPM built its way up in the country and in its political institutions and now we are where we are, we have a president and a chance to get the most number of MPs we can get. FPM is fighting rumours on a daily basis, starting with private jets to stealing the TVA to imaginary properties all over Lebanon to getting fundings from Iran/Syria and the list is long.
But building your way up with good strong concrete is much more different than doing it with sand bags.
In many many many cases the FPM appointed the wrong person for the wrong job.
And this you can't blame it on FM, AMAL, etc.
The FPM, while having a few good ministers and appointments here and there, has shown a horrid recruitment record.
At the end of the day, I don't care if the head of the order of dentists is an FPMer, I care if he does a good job and doesn't cover thieves and corrupted individuals.
That's one of the main points where we differ.For the people electing Li Baladi and co, i understand your frustration but what will happen after the elections? Most probably you will need to make your way up just like FPM did and drown in the dirty Lebanon politics. Without doing that you will reach nowhere.
Yes, Watani will have to make their way up, but they don't have to close their eyes on stealing, or allow a garbage crisis to go on for more than 2 years just so their allies don't get angry.
The belief is that the FPM and others have set the bar so low that it's getting hard to discern between them and the ones we've been used to see steal, lie and cheat.
You don't need to get so dirty to make it in this country.
If you do, then don't lie to us (mech enta personally) and tell us you want to clean up the country while being involved in dirty deals here and there.
FPM did start like them and ended up like FM and soon AMAL if they follow this trend.The difference between FPM and the LiBaladi movement is that FPM is now 10 years ahead of them, FPM started like them and now is in the political scene.
The difference between FPM and Watani is that the latter wants to bring in a different way of doing things.
The others have tried, some for 12 years, others for 40 with the same recipe that you're proposing.
And what's the result?
Debt inflated to 90 billion, still paying 2 electricity bills, garbage crisis, environmental disaster, corruption growing (you saw the transparency international report), MPs who don't go to work, corruption cases more and more in the open, etc etc.
We've tried the others for a long time and they failed miserably.
Time for others to get their chance. Unless you want to continue living amongst garbage.