SELECTION president stay for a while longer . Each candidate had already sold off his political promise to the public . One that binds all the candidates are named old ideology of nationalism . All , for example , promised to prioritize national interests if elected later .
No more imports of rice , salt , and red onion . Economic resources will be managed best sons and daughters of the nation itself . Nationalism has become a staple in every campaign jargon .
In fact , we all know many others in the same with the heart the mouth . Nationalism is just ticking during the campaign . Nationalism is like poetry catchy . The problem is , when elected , leaders will rule not to poetry , but prose . And the prose was named reliance in all fields .
Many misguided nationalism spell . Nationalism is not to isolate itself from the global relations . Nationalism actually take advantage of global relations in the national interest . We should not reject the possibility to acquire cheap gas from other countries .
However , the conditions , the country must open up markets for Indonesian textile . Nationalism is not anti- import . Nationalism only condemned the importation of goods that can be produced the nation’s economy itself more efficiently and cheaply .
Nationalism is not mere words . He should be palpable . Nationalism is different with various populist said circulating in the public sphere lately. Some candidates , for example , promises to become more pro- local economic actors . The problem is , alignments that take concrete steps .
How can manifest partiality if farm subsidies are constantly trimmed . Permission for foreign franchises constantly diumbar . Fish in their own waters are constantly stolen foreign fishing without sanction . The price of diesel for fishermen continuously increased . Nationalism requires courage rather than jargon or poetry nuts .
The presidential candidates must be able to protect the national interests wisely. There are at least three national interests that need to be used as the main agenda for those interested in politics this year .
The first is the social economy. Economic democracy is the national interest because it is responsible for the livelihood for millions of families . Current tobacco farmers , for instance , was confusion due to regulations that require diversification of tobacco plants . In fact , this sector a lot of family support . Following the leader must have a clear bias towards populist economic centers in the republic .
The second is energy . Energy determines the life and death of a nation . Indonesia has abundant energy resources , both renewable and non . This of course will attract a lot of foreign investors to invest . Foreign investment is not something that is forbidden . However , as the energy of national interests should be protected by imposing strict rules .
Investment does not mean exploitation without limit . Investment must benefit the nation itself . Our national interests as a nation is the availability of cheap and abundant energy . Privilege for corporations own the nation’s energy is not something that is forbidden to be given .
Third is ideology . Pancasila is the national interest that must be protected desperately by anyone who manages this republic . Protection is not to revive the ideological apparatus such as Education Executive Agency for Development and P4 ( BP7 ) first. Democracy has limitations against ideological indoctrination efforts . Leaders must protect Pancasila through street culture .
Pancasila is the nature of cultural solidarity or in the language of Bung Karno : ” mutual aid ” . Mutual aid ” as opposed to hard individuality or collectivism model of liberalism narrow style fundamentalism . That is , any agenda that pivots on both ” isms ” that warrant concern as a threat to national interests .
Then who ?
The question follows , who then were able to manage the republic under the banner of nationalism ? Some names are already milling about . People were already full bombarded with various appointments . The problem is, the promise is speech that is not relying on the present . Only about the promise of the future .
Anyone can promise in this political year . However , we must beware distinguish between promises and commitments . Promise not to rely on the track record , while just the opposite commitment . A former criminals could have promised to eradicate corruption . However , he could not be committed to its promise because the track record says another .
Nationalism requires explicit track record . A commitment to nationalism tested at critical moments . When , for example , the head of the region face a difficult choice : give permission to foreign franchises or rehabilitate traditional markets . Both contribute to economic growth . However , the first pro- middle class consumerism , while the second at jobs for small businesses .
Keep a track record of integrity . Integrity is consistency and ethical resistance . Nationalism requires consistency . A leader can not occasionally into account national interests , but at other times passed international protocols that threaten national interests . He also can not sign a social security legislation nationwide , but stalling due to the issuance of derivatives regulation lobby foreign insurance companies .
Nationalism also requires courage . Courage is not something that just shouted at the top of the podium . Leaders must dare to renegotiate all contracts adverse republic works . All foreign loans with interest that does not make sense to be brave rejected . All the grants with certain requirements in the future harm must also be rejected .
The nationalization of foreign companies also do not taboo . Critical moments demanding dramatic steps . Our leaders do not lose it later with a woman named Cristina Fernandez of Argentina . Cristina dared to nationalize Spanish company in the interest of its people .
A president can come from diverse backgrounds , ranging from entrepreneurs , academics , until the military . However , nationalism does not know the background . An academic may be more nationalist than the former military leaders . Profession is not congruent with the ideological consistency . Consistency is forged by a long political experience and full of dynamics .
Therefore , whoever he be a politician . Not a skilled politician he took power , but ably utilize the power for the benefit of the nation and country . He who wears the power to earn commissions from foreign financial institutions clearly not a politician .
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Whatever , this year we will get a new president . At first glance, all the candidates seem to hold on nationalism . They look like the leading defender of the interests of the nation and country . However , nationalism can not be found on the impressions that built the ad . Nationalism , once again , saved the track record , consistency , and courage . Hopefully we get such a leader .