By Florenda Sanchez
I have been a voter all my life. I have never missed any local and national elections fully believing it is my duty and obligation to the country. It sounds a cliché but as a voter I would like to help sensible candidates who I trust have concrete perspectives more than those who depend and use on popularity and money to buy votes.
Many times I am frustrated of the election results on national level because people, particularly the “masa” made uneducated choices. I say “uneducated” because it is all there is to see— critical and unstudied choices of who should be our leaders, brilliant opinion makers and doers.
In other words, leaders who “walk their talk” to lead this country to a better, not popular direction. The masa failed their job on this line. Look where we have gone.
This recent and in the past, people have elected unschooled actors/entertainers, corrupt politicians and their progeny who shamefully toe their greedy agenda. So what is new? Nothing. Our people cannot see and blind to change, real political change coming from unpopular voices, not loud, empty and full of bull.
There must be a better way to examine candidates more than just a cheap endorsement from a suspect official who raised their hands. Even children of the official get to endorse, for God’s sake! The sad thing is, the masa, especially young people believe them. No wonder this country is not getting anywhere but to the “kangkongan.”
In the end, it really takes two to tango. Elections has become a negotiation between the politician and the citizen. Please don’t tell me the “negotiation” is gone now because it’s strictly enforced by the authorities.
Come on, the negotiation is controlled in a way because out of fear being caught, not because of principle. Why should it work?
It may be minimized a bit but you can bet the rotten practice surfaces again. Real change come from the heart and concrete belief and practice by the people, not of the command of pretending powerful false gods.
The author is a long retired government employee.
Artwork courtesy of VideoHive