Greek Voters Looking in the Wrong Direction
The rule of thumb for countries requesting bailouts from the IMF is that their governments change frequently throughout the duration of their economic crisis, and that after the crisis is over, the political landscape ends up looking completely different than it did before the crisis began.
Of course, Greece could not be an exception to this rule, as the latest poll results published by Greek daily Kathimerini revealed.
There is no surprise that the results show a dramatic drop in the popularity of the ruling PASOK party. In fact, the drop is so steep that the socialist party is on the verge of disappearing from the political landscape altogether.
This sharp decline is also due to the fact that former Prime Minister George Papandreou was unprepared from just about every standpoint for the exceptionally demanding role that he was called to assume during one of the most critical moments in Greece's history. As a result, his failure was even worse than could have been otherwise expected.
Nor are the low numbers being generated by the conservative New Democracy party surprising either. Under normal circumstances, the main opposition party should be reaping 80% support from disgruntled voters.
However, what is both surprising and concerning is the fact that in the year 2011, the public's anger is being manifested through growing support of the country's two leftist parties, SYRIZA and the Greek Communist Party.
I do not think that there are a lot of observers inside and outside of Greece who are worried about a dictatorship of the proletariat rising to power in the country.
However, there are certainly many people who are concerned about the misguided mentality of voters who see the two communist parties as the solution to the country's problems.
Instead of looking ahead to the future, voters are being taken in by the same old unsuccessful tricks of the past. And I fear that this is a bad sign for developments to come in the country.