I am using the words of Sen. Chiz Escudero when he describes the National Youth Commission chair Ronald Cardema’s view ascribing to the call of the latter to President Duterte to “remove scholarships of ‘anti-government’ students”. The rant of Cardema was all over the news. His battle cry regarding “the duty of every Filipino youth to become our hope, in strengthening our nation, and to fight those who are trying to crush our republic” was, and I will agree with Chiz here, obsequious. Period.
For the unfamiliar ignoramus’s obsequious means being obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree. Let me make it simpler – to be a lap dog. Ass licker. Subservient. Submissive. Slavish.
We have a lot of that nowadays. Like an epidemic of zombies from a bad movie, they propagate idiocy to a core. These appointees lacking a moral compass think that government funds from taxpayers are theirs to dictate and control!
When the campaign period started, all the dogs were released from the kennels. Seriously, I’m trying to weigh in on who to endorse (and vote) this upcoming May 13, 2019 elections. So yes, this is one of a few of my political posts.
The local elections will always be a battle with the uneducated and the poor. That’s the reason why every city “maintains” a large poor population. They are useful every three years. Like a bad cancer that needs to go through chemotherapy every so often, the local elections is an exercise in prolonging the lifespan – of the sitting politician (and his/her family). These informal settlers are the lifeline of local politicians. They propagate like malignant neoplasms and engulf on even the rights of legitimate city dwellers. They deliver the votes to a never ending dynasty. It takes more than moral fortitude to change a local leader.
The national election on the other hand is a different story. Just like electing the president and vice-president, local voters will have more difficulty in swaying the outcome. And this is where it gets tricky.
Many are elected not out of merit but out of popularity. The polls (if we were to believe in them) offer a paltry reflection of the pulse of the “nation” for the senatorial posts.
It isn’t surprising that you get plunderers, liars, and actors at the top of the heap in the surveys. Blame it on Ricardo Dalisay and that pathetic series “Ang Probinsyano” to even push candidates to the realm of political comebacks. I have nothing against anyone who wants to run for public office. It is, after all, a free country.
But the criteria why someone is voted into office because he is “handsome” even though he has plundered millions in taxpayer’s money behooves me! It is fine if we get one or two of these idiots every 100,000 voters. Unfortunately, like minions, they multiply disproportionately. Thanks to the teleseryes and other brain draining shows that transform the multisynaptic neuronal discharges of Filipinos to monosynaptic ones.
Others turn a blind eye to acts of atrocities committed by previous regimes. The writing is all over the wall. Yet even educated nincompoops don’t see through it. Why? Because they all fulfill the criteria for being sycophantic. Like leeches feeding on each other, these political animals will suck on anything that promotes their lifestyles. Yes, Mr. Juan de la Cruz, at the end of the day, it is about money and their political survival. It is never about the Filipino people.
I am writing this as a prelude to the upcoming election. Only we can change our destiny as a nation. And if we still have enough pride left as Filipinos, we will not let these unctuous selfish bastards get their way. We need to collectively work harder at educating our fellow Filipinos. To make everyone understand why it is more important to watch the senatorial debates rather than “World of Dance Philippines” because the nation’s future stands to benefit more from an insightful and perspicacious electorate rather than an armchair judge of entertainment.
Only we can write history. And write it well we should because many generations depend on it.