A President as the catalyst for change not the street.
As the screams rise there are no words left which have not yet been used to describe the abuse and neglect of the state towards its citizens.
Though change is in the air we must guard against chaos. The volatility of the environment and the element of unintended outcomes is a recipe for potential un-controllable escalation and deterioration.
The messages being communicated by the people though numerous and varied, can be condensed in the following: “Governmental neglect and abuse of power”. This applies to every sector and every policy implemented to-date for years. In addition, the lack of cohesion, unity and altruism by different leaders has lead to this impasse.
However, we have to distinguish between the call for change and the implementation of change. The call for change presently is from the ground up, but if the implementation of change happens in this way it usually provokes a fall into chaos.
Nevertheless, the call has been made, the anger has been shown, and the danger signs pointing to escalation have been flashed. Therefore it has become necessary to be proactive in order to prevent a breakdown of national security, and to safeguard the institutions, which are the last bastions of the Nation. The redistribution of power must be handled responsibly and from the top down.
In order to do this, a president of the Republic is the fist piece of the puzzle that should be placed on the board of change. Then, with the selection of a prime minister, a new cabinet must be formed reflecting the demands of the people with the first criteria being integrity and transparency.
Thereafter, there are two priorities, that have to be addressed above all:
1- Firstly: A national budget to be delivered immediately, to scientifically resolve the matter of ranks and salaries.
2- Secondly: An electoral law to be ratified which will ensure full representation.
(For elections to take place let us not neglect the fact that the time must be taken to educate people in the application and implication of this new law.)
What the people are calling for is a total governmental vacuum before restitution. This is dangerous and threatens the procedural flow of the implementation of positive change.
That is why the Presidency is the masterpiece of this puzzle and must be placed before all the other pieces to complete the full image of a new Lebanon that answers the popular outcry for accountability and commitment to social welfare.
Let us not be carried away by revolutionary sentiment but let us revolutionize our sentiment and act responsibly for once.
But act fast or else...