When you Google, “Czech president”, the first search bar recommendation that pops up is, “Czech president drunk”. Now if that doesn’t concern you, or at least catch your attention, I don’t know what will.
Coming to Prague, the first thing I expected was to finally escape the lunacy of what is notoriously known as the Trump presidency. Though I did escape to some degree, it was only because I didn’t understand what was going on in the Czech Republic. In the Czech Republic, the current president can essentially be described as “Trump 2.0”– an utter mess and completely theatrical (excuse my French) shit-show.
As the United States President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un continue to throw childish insults at each other, whilst casually threatening each other’s existences with nuclear arms, Czech President Miloš Zeman is busy urging Czech citizens to arm themselves against a possible “super-Holocaust”, stealing pens in the middle of press conferences, wishing for the death of vegetarians, and being piss drunk during an official ceremony.
Even more interestingly enough, many people don’t seem to give much mind to what is going on. Rather than criticizing, they turn a blind eye or even give leniency. Why? I would say that this is attributed to an interesting and concerning shift in citizens’ views of political parties present in not only the Czech Republic but also the United States. With unstable political environments and failing economic states, comes the inevitable plummet in the credibility of political figures. When faced with political failure, people tend to blame corruption and turn to “anti-politics” as a solution. This is especially prevalent in the populist party and/or those of lower income, which make up the majority of modern communities.
And this is dangerous. Because rather than seeing the faults in unqualified presidential candidates (or in this case current Presidents), people glorify their “humanity” or “ordinariness”. How? They see mistakes as “only human”, even if those mistakes are saying irresponsible statements and failing to uphold the image to be a proper representative of the country. Faults and failures are exalted to be a representation that they too are part of the general majority because somehow it equates to being ordinary and therefore relatable. Professional shortcomings, in this way, are nullified and unimportant. No longer is proper credibility required to appeal to the people, it is now only necessary to be relatable and appealing. It seems to be that it is now more preferable to the majority to have a celebrity as a president than someone educated in politics; after all, who could possibly be less corrupt than someone who doesn’t even know the in and outs of the system to begin with?
All this brings up my barrage of questions, which, hopefully, may be interesting to ponder about in your free time, even if they are unanswerable:
- Why is world politics becoming more and more of a circus by the second?
- Are things becoming worse in the world, or are we simply just more aware because of the growth of media?
- So apparently Miloš Zeman is running for president again. Do you think he will get re-elected?
- Why do both President Trump and President Zeman have ugly yellow hair? Do you think they both have toupees too?