Every Lebanese wants peace and prosperity. No Lebanese wants war. Every Lebanese wants Lebanon First, except our politicians who all say Lebanon First but what they really mean is “Me First”.
The Sheikh, the Sayyed, the Doctor, the General and the Beyk are inherently disturbed personalities that have absolutely no regards for any of us poor folk.
They are feudal lords and their word is heaven sent. They are freedom, independence, honesty, holiness and truth incarnated.
What about the end of the month salaries of Tarek, Hussein, Tony and Adnan? What about the school fees, the health and transport costs of more than four million Lebanese? What about the fear of another civil war that is in the heart of millions of Lebanese parents and children? What about the thousands of young men and women who are escaping unemployment and misery every month?
Do you think the Sheikh, the Sayyed, the Doctor, the General and the Beyk care? No there are more important things like the truth, Israel, Syria, the presidency and pure megalomania.
What I understand when I hear Lebanon First is an increase in productivity, employment opportunities, better education, affordable healthcare, equal rights, laws that are implemented and no corruption.
Lebanon First is a clean environment, public gardens, a public transport network, better roads, 24 hour electricity, theatres and museums.
Lebanon First is a society that cares for the downtrodden, for the refugees and for the less fortunate. A society that is not sectarian and racist.
Lebanon First is a policeman that respects himself and is respected and a government that serves the public.
Lebanon First is not against anyone but for everyone living in Lebanon.
Lebanon First cannot be founded by unrepentant warlords, spoilt children, fundamentalist clerics, trigger happy generals or any of their cronies.
We acted on instinct and we chose the Sheikh, the Sayyed, the Doctor, the General and the Beyk - egos with titles - as our leaders because we lost our democratic ways back in 1975. Our wounds chose them, our instincts elected them and our fears wants us to believe them.
We forgot that they do not know how to build nations. We forgot how they destroyed, murdered and stole. We forgot how good they are at making us fear, making us hate, making us poor and making us leave the country we love.
For the last 30 years we blamed the Palestinians, the Israelis, the Syrians, the US, Europe and every other Arab for our problems, when the real problem is deeply entranched in our Lebanese souls.
The Beyk, the General, the Doctor, the Sayyed and the Sheikh today are in every one of us Lebanese. We should learn how to free ourselves from them, learn how to trust one another and learn how to vote for people who can make our lives better and not for icons who make us miserable.
We should replace them with hope and inspiration. We should replace them with someone like us who actually likes us.