“Contrasting paths in politics: from sacrificing ideals to leveraging wealth. Exploring the charisma of the businessman in suit.”

Businessman in suit

“Warren G. Harding, an Ohio Republican, was the 29th President of the United States (1921-1923). Though his term in office was fraught with scandal, including Teapot Dome, Harding embraced technology and was sensitive to the plights of minorities and women.”

—The biography for President Harding and past presidents is courtesy of the White House Historical Association.

It is apparent to anyone to understand that President Harding indeed started politics, not as a businessman in a suit but as a political figure, after his wife took over the business’s editorial role, thus leaving him to practice his Front Porch Campaign for the presidential election.

“America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality….”

—Warren G. Harding declared (before his nomination)

My supposition …

In this paradoxical nature of ‘businessmen in politics’ and ‘businessmen doing politics,’ if we understand how unstrained the impact of businessmen doing politics in civil society is, we certainly figure out that businessmen do not need politics to be social figures or truthful leaders. Most businessmen rise to politics due to the power of their financial background. They tend to believe their net worth is equal to control the per capita income, social manipulation i.e.: feudalistic narcissism. This idea can influence vice versa, too, like rising to politics for power and doing business to gain control over the per capita income by creating a monopoly. However, in a more general view, it is the reality that we can see almost everywhere in third-world countries like Sri Lanka rather than in developed countries.

Politician and Businessman in suit

One story goes like, read …

Two children were born in two families in a country, one in the southern part and one in the northern central part. Both are the same age, the one born in the southern part had many siblings and came from a political background, and the other one born in the northern central part had one sibling and came from an ordinary background.

One born in the southern part:

He went to school, graduated, learned politics, followed his father’s roots, and became a politician. Admired by many people, he rose to politics, became president, ended the civil war, and strengthened his entire family name, including non-blood relatives, by creating a business monopoly in his third-world country. He did his best to help his bloodline and thus ended up bringing his entire family of siblings to politics. In his point of view, as a man, who cared only about his family, he achieved his duty, and his forefathers were perhaps praising him from the afterlife.

One born in the northern central part:

He went to school amid so many financial difficulties, gave up his home, and moved away to a distant area to follow up with political campaigns. He walked, thousands of miles with people, understanding survival, being the boy man for upper-class business people and upper-hand politicians, to enter politics with the ambition of becoming the president one day to serve his motherland. Later, he, however, became a politician for walking all those thousand miles, and eventually ended up the president of his country. His younger brother, meanwhile, did not concentrate on politics but learned to earn money, and he did that well so, he finally, became an accomplished businessman in the northern central part and helped his poor, ambitious brother to be successful in politics.

The other story goes like, read …

Two children were born in two families in a country, one in the southern part and one in the western part. Both are the same age, the one born in the southern part had less financial background and less social status, and the other one born in the western part had an ordinary financial background and ordinary social status.

One born in the southern part:

He went to school, did not complete his education due to financial matters, and however paraded in rallies, walked thousands of miles, and entered politics to form his party because most of the rich people, at the time, were deaf, and they did not hear him addressing his people’s pain. He only concentrated on politics. As the legend says, he served his party’s brothers and sisters the best he could, God knows if he did or did not. Then, he got killed, inhumanly, by his own race for practicing his political ideology.

One born in the Western part:

He went to school, everything was ordinary for him, lived a normal life, was happy, and started a small-time business from scratch with a bank loan, and developed his business. As accomplished his business, he started treating and satisfying politicians with his money and gifts to earn their friendship and trust. Then he instigated government deals to expand his business. The more he formed scandals, the more he bribed the government, and later, he entered politics through his power of money. Now, he is a businessman doing politics, but before he was a businessman in politics.

As I conclude

Good luck Poli—mafia—tics!