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[Posted October 18, 2006]

Misplaced Trust,  Loyalties and Votes

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada
Our boys in Iraq
Our boys in Iraq
San Francisco Chronicle -  17  October 2006 - IVAN ELAND: The way out of Iraq -- partition

President Bush has so badly lied himself into a corner that he now needs the bipartisan "Iraq Study Group" (headed by the Bush family's fix-it man, former Secretary of State James Baker) to tell the American public that things are rapidly going south in Iraq. According to the New York Times, one commission member anonymously acknowledged, "There's a real sense that the clock is ticking, that Bush is desperate for a change, but no one in the White House can bring themselves to say so with this election coming." But media reports of the situation in Iraq should tell the American people that the Bush administration is lying to them about the prospects for success there.
Would you buy a used car from this man?
Would you buy a used car from this man?
Yet, unlike the Hungarians, who have repeatedly put tens of thousands of protesters in the streets to try to oust their prime minister for lying about the Hungarian economy, Americans seem apathetically resigned to their politicians' conviction that lying is just good, clean fun.

It is unclear whether even this commission is capable of telling the truth about Iraq. White House officials and fellow commission members told the Times that Baker is unlikely to generate findings that do not have the prior, tacit approval of President Bush. The Times quotes one of Baker's colleagues as admitting, "He's a very loyal Republican, and you won't see him go against Bush." Because Baker is a respected elder statesman with no job on the line, one would think it would be easier for him to put loyalty to America before loyalty to George W. Bush or the Bush family. Apparently not.
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Lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.19, June 15,1972, Los Angeles
Who is to Blame?

Incompetent Leaders by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The foolish leaders of a godless civilization try to devise various plans to bring about peace and prosperity in the godless world under a patent trademark of materialism, and because such attempts are illusory only, the people elect incompetent, blind leaders, one after another, who are incapable of offering solutions. more

...One who does not know whom to eulogize, whom to give honor, they give votes to these classes of men without any knowledge of Krishna. They are becoming the great philosophers, leaders, scientists. They have no knowledge of Krishna, no knowledge of God. Still, they are leading the society. And who praises them? This class of men—dogs, hogs, camels, and asses. This is the verdict. Now you can challenge. You can talk, if it is right or wrong. This is the challenge given by Bhagavatam, that "Persons who have no knowledge of Krishna consciousness, they are praised by these dogs, hogs, camels, and asses." This is the challenge. Now how can you refute it? Can you refute it? This is a great challenge.

We are accepting some rascal as God, as incarnation of God. So who accept this so-called God? These classes of men. These classes of men: camel, hogs, dogs. So by the vote of camels, dogs, hogs, one cannot become God.

That is not possible. God is a different thing. So we should not be misled. If some incarnation comes, "God," who is accepting? These camels, dogs, and hogs and asses. So what is the value? What is the value of their vote? No. Formerly, the votes were taken by highly saintly persons, brahmanas. Just like Prithu Maharaja's father Vena Maharaja. He was disapproved by the brahmanas and the saintly persons, and immediately he was dethroned and killed. Not the public vote. Not vox populi. Vote should be taken from the highly elevated persons, not from the lower-class dogs and asses. What is the value of their vote? What they can select? Vote should be taken... Just like Krishna. Krishna wanted that Maharaja Yudhisthira should be on the throne. That is vote. So nowadays, a vote is franchised. Any common man, any rascal can vote. So how he can elect nice man? That is not possible.

Therefore, if you want real government who can lead you back to home, back to Godhead... That is perfect government. That is the duty of the government: to see the citizens happy in this life; they have no grievance for their living condition; they are happy; at the same time, they are preparing for going back to home, back to Godhead. That is good government.

And the government who simply levies taxes somehow or other... Every year, the budget is increasing tax. "You give us tax, and you go to hell. It doesn't matter. You give us tax." And the tax is divided amongst themselves. That is government. Whatever... We know in India, the tax collected, eighty percent is spent among the government servants. That's all.

So this is the position of Kali-yuga. Mleccha rajanya-rupino bhakshayishyanti prajas te. That is predicted in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, that in Kali-yuga the mlecchas (means the rejected from human society), such persons, rogues and fools and rascals, they will take the post of king. Rajanya-rupinah. They are unworthy to be kicked, but they will take the post of government.

Rajanya-rupinah. And what will be their business? Bhakshayishyanti prajas te. They will eat the citizens. That's all. Vital force. Vital force, blood-sucking, tax. Durbhiksha-kara-piditah [Srimad-Bhagavatam 12.2.9]. In one side, there will be scarcity of supply. In other side, they will be perplexed with taxes. These are going to be happened. Kara-piditah gacchanti giri-kshnanam. And they will give up their homely life and will go to the forest, to the hills. Just like every year you hear. Now it is going on. Just like in Vietnam. The poor people, they are sometimes evacuating this place and evacuating... vacating this place, vacating that place. They are troubled. The politicians, they are making their own plan, and the poor people ... We have seen. When partition was made in India, all poor Hindus and Muslims, they were in trouble. And the leaders, they were in happy mood in their apartment, ordering and eating very nicely, butter and bread. That's all. This is going on.

Therefore the only opportunity of becoming happy is that you preach this Krishna consciousness movement amongst the people, so if the people become educated in Krishna consciousness, and if they decide that "We shall vote for Krishna conscious leader," then there will be happiness. Just like Prithu Maharaja, the king. We were discussing. So the Krishna consciousness movement comprehends all sides of life. It is not that a stereotype "churchianity," weekly going to the church and come back and do all. No. It is embracing all sides of our life. But the only aim is how to go back to home, back to Godhead. So we have to educate these classes of men, shva-vid-varaha-ushtra-khara, these class of men: dogs, hogs, camels, and the asses. The world is full of these classes of men, and you have to educate them. Your responsibility is very great. You have to make an ass a devotee, a camel a devotee, a dog a devotee, a hog a devotee. This is your mission.

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