Second of two parts
(We continue today with Reader Hector’s analysis of the 2016 elections.)
The mainstream media [with the exception of this paper]have also played its role in our country’s demise as it panders to its masters, and no longer serves the public by asking the “tough questions” and have abandoned ethics in favor of “brown manila envelopes.”
It’s a mutual pact of corrupt self-interest between the elite and establishment at the expense of national interest, international respect, and individual dignity.
Nothing is further removed from a genuine democracy than the sham and hypocrisy that currently pervade Philippine elections and underpin the political system.
The economic inequality in the Philippines is one of the worst in the world, and elitism has created a divide which is more pronounced than even the dying caste system in India.
Discrimination has replaced unity, collectivity in place of individuality, and subservience instead of expression.
Modern-day slavery and human trafficking reflect a 3rd world society which is both isolationist and protectionist, but which will become a dinosaur, and an international irrelevance to all but the US multinationals, which happily pursue their policy of hegemony and extract excessive profits from the country, and ensure that competition remains excluded. For the US it is like taking candy from a baby!
Come 2016 the reality is that Mar Roxas will very likely become president – not because he deserves it, far from it, – but because with such a weak and unpopular candidate the LP will resort to any, and all, means – mainly foul – to ensure a victory, be it legal challenges, blanket advertising, black propaganda, outright lies, survey manipulation, vote rigging/buying and the Smartmatic PCOS or OMR machines.
But that does not have to mean that all hope is lost.
A Senate of the great and good
It simply becomes all the more critical to ensure that the Senate does not become populated yet again by corrupt and unethical re-electionists, populists, celebrities, or once again acts as a paid rubber stamp, and that it starts to act as it should – a genuine check and balance, independent of the executive, representative of society at large, and composed of the “great and good.”
It also provides an opportunity for the electorate to send a strong message that enough is enough, to show unity, and to achieve a foundation for future change by not considering dynastic families/rule, which more than any other single factor drives the malaise, and which will always be the primary barrier to progress, opportunity, and greater equality, let alone a more democratic system.
And certainly no current senator seeking re-election is worth a moment’s thought, with each of them having filled their bank accounts by prostituting their duty and integrity during the Corona trial. The reelectionists have shown disrespect for the institution, and disregard for the people. The people now need to show their contempt for such political pariahs.
Yesterday’s men have created the current problems, and it is time to think differently and give the young turks a chance, particularly those not ensconced in elitism and dynastic thinking. They will do far less harm, and may even surprise people, and potentially become agents of real change, in addition to representing diversity, and a shift in the balance of power.
If people want change then it is pointless voting for the same people – that is insanity personified.
The vote for Pacquaio will represent an interesting national barometer of stupidity. Even AlDub would be a better choice!
Among the morass of candidates there are a few who deserve serious consideration.
Overall, the best that can be done is to vote for candidates who are capable and committed, who carry no baggage, who are not part of the dynastic elite, and who would provide the requisite checks and balance, together with greater independence and integrity, and who also would be more representative of the electorate.
The country needs to achieve unity through diversity, inclusion not segregation, and opportunity from equality. The right foundations will spur innovation, growth, progress, and prosperity. A new paradigm needs new people. Tomorrow’s world will not be built by yesterday’s men who helped tear down the fabric of Philippine democracy, and weakened the political institutions.
Those without dynastic affiliations represent the best chance for change, and a counterweight, if the presidential election is tainted/manipulated.
Meritocracy to replace mediocrity
Leadership/politics is not just about filing numerous irrelevant bills but about focusing upon the big issues which create a cascade effect on change.
It’s time that meritocracy replaces mediocrity, and time that corrupt senators, personalities, and absentee politicians are given short shrift.
It’s time to be serious, and to be seen to be serious – no more “the clowns of Asia,” and the butt of jokes.
The country deserves better, but at least Millennials are beginning to demand better (they are interested in solutions for present problems, and future plans, not to be stuck in the past) – so should OFWs, farmers, the unemployed, those on minimum wage, teachers, students, mothers, and nurses, not to mention SAF 44 who will never get justice under the current Aquino administration which has total disregard for justice – and De Lima is running for the Senate! That is an added insult to Filipinos when she has epitomized selective justice and selective prosecution under the Aquino administration.
“The trouble with political jokes, is that they get elected.”
And the joke is ultimately on the electorate, and elected politicians are laughing all the way to the bank!