This to put it bluntly is the net result of assiduously avoiding a certain kind of debate since the debacle of 2009 in the fond hope that Power was just around the corner and fueled by the naive optimism that the Congress was just one election away from being voted out.
Neither has happened so far and the likelihood of that occurring anytime soon is slim if dodging that debate continues any longer.
In many ways this state of affairs reminds of “The Picture of Dorian Gray“
The novel tells of a young man named Dorian Gray, the subject of a painting by artist Basil Hallward. Basil is impressed by Dorian’s beauty and becomes infatuated with him, believing his beauty is responsible for a new mode in his art. Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, a friend of Basil’s, and becomes enthralled by Lord Henry’s world view. Espousing a new hedonism, Lord Henry suggests the only things worth pursuing in life are beauty and fulfilment of the senses.
Realizing that one day his beauty will fade, Dorian (whimsically) expresses a desire to sell his soul to ensure aportrait Basil has painted would age rather than he. Dorian’s wish is fulfilled, and when he subsequently pursues a life of debauchery, the portrait serves as a reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with each sin displayed as a disfigurement of his form, or through a sign of aging
Deciding that only full confession will absolve him, he decides to destroy the last vestige of his conscience. In a rage, he picks up the knife that killed Basil Hallward and plunges it into the painting. His servants wake hearing a cry from inside the locked room, and passers by on the street fetch the police. The servants find Dorian’s body, stabbed in the heart and suddenly aged, withered and horrible. It is only through the rings on his hand that the corpse can be identified. Beside him, however, the portrait has reverted to its original form.
Great debates are meant to produce both clarifying and cleansing moments. The Opportunity to grasp either or both is now, even if the Leadership is not up to it, the pressure from below it seems will explode it upon them sooner rather than later.