As each day goes by, I wonder if I should give it up all together. I’m beginning to have some headaches because of all this mumbo jumbo about democracy, elections and so on and so forth… I had these thoughts for a moment now and I can’t help thinking and wondering: What if elections in my country were free and fair? What if the PM of Morocco and the government-elect were from a progressive, clean and people-driven party? What if the King finally conceded power to the elected institutions of the country and satisfies himself by a role of mediation and arbitration? What if a national conference was held and the country’s elite was called to draw a new text for the constitution? What if the judiciary was given -at last- free rein to investigate, litigate, prosecute and judge anyone on equal basis? What if the press was given the freedom it ought to have? What if people who brandish religion as a political ideology stopped meddling into the political life? What if the corrupt thugs and kleptocrats of the Makhzen were held accountable for the theft of the country’s wealth, for their hideous embezzling activities and their monopoly of the economic sector through clique and cronies? What if an enlightened educational system was proposed to all Moroccans‘ sons and daughters without prejudice of class or gender? What if the huge amounts of money assigned to royal palaces’ maintenance and to satisfying the monarch’s caprices were rather allocated to social and public projects? What if the government efforts were concentrated on bringing about a dignified health system guaranteeing that people are not going to be turned down because of their lack of resources or forced to bribe nurses and doctors to get access to basic care? What if the legislature was disconnected from the executive power and awarded autonomy to move away from its current subservient role of a complaisant rubber stamp?
… Ah… the headache again!… wait a minute I’m gonna take a paracetamol tablet… Gulp!… I’m feeling better now… So, where were we?… Yes: What If… What if big public companies were ruled by highly monitored civil servants thoroughly accountable before people’s representatives? What if Morocco lastly cut loose the leash of servility with French companies who are literally buying out the public sector in the name of an opaque process of “privatization”? What if the country stopped its vulgar worship of the US administrations, one after the other, and started engaging in a sovereign path and empathising and cooperating with fellow independent States? What if the monarch started fulfilling his (self-anointed) role of the “President of the Palestine Council”(sic)? What if al–Alaoui (you know… the two-faced marathon speaker of the RTM –Radio Television Marocaine– who often accompanies and comments on King’s televisual “activities” with a ridiculous shivering voice, often on edge of tears, pledging his allegiance every second of every minute making viewers either laugh out loud or causing them to vomit out of disgust), what if he was relieved from his sycophantic “mission” alleviating millions of people? I’m sure he could be easily reassigned to a more “discreet” position (I don’t want the man to end up jobless after all, despite the pain in the neck he often caused me.) What if a civil rather than a military was elected as head of the Moroccan football federation? What if sport stopped being shamefully used as an anesthetic of the masses ? What if the 2022 World Cup was held in Morocco? What if Raja Club Athletic started winning again? And Finally, what if I stopped rambling just right here? Wishful thinking! one might challenge; maybe so, but one thing is for sure: I don’t think any Paracetamol dose will be able to calm this bloody headache… I hope a good sleep will do… good night and good luck!
(picture credit: “imaqine“)