screw the status quo. we need change and we need it now. we need not a leader who plays with words and public funds. we need not a leader whose years of service fall under the 'fiction' category. we definitely need not a leader who knows nothing. we require a leader who has conviction, who has the guts to change the seemingly unchangeable. we need... to prepare for 2007. Now.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Hopeless

I am starting to loose faith in the exercise of democratic process. Election to be precise. This coming May 14 I may wanna reevaluate if I even wanna put a name on my ballot. I mean seriously, what the hell for?

1.) You either elect and a "way in over his head with no qualification and potentially incompetent" gung ho, or an overeducated bureaucratic pig who likes to manipulate "way in over their heads with no qualification and potentially incompetent" gung hoes. Someone once asked me, if you were to hire someone to take care of your finances would you go for a CPA who steals, or a mere Kahera who is honest. And I say, I am a dumb employer if my choices are stuck with either. Come on! if I'm managing a multimillion company and get a mere kahera to budget my finances, how sure am I that she is not going to miscalculate something, so that in the end millions of hard earned money are unaccounted for, and I end up facing tax evasion cases? Duh!

2.) The senate and congress is where thieves try to bust the balls of fellow thieves. Yep its a dog eat dog world in there. I mean who comes clean now a days? Remember the classic Ping Lacson and his Jose Pidal expose? Oh he got his exposure alright! but years later what happened? Last time I checked Mike Arroyo is still playing golf on a Sunday, because right after Mr. Bang Bang Ping lost the presidential race, no formal complaint was even filed to the proper courts. And now its Mr. Alan Peter Cayetano VS Mike Arroyo. Oh please both of you should just put on boxing gloves and get over with it!

3.) Party List system is just a venue for the Militants, communists, and activists, to milk the same government they try to overthrow. Why don't we have public school teachers, or nurses, or handicapped people (who all badly need representation) take a seat in congress for a change. I had quite enough of the pathetic and utterly useless Ideologies of this militants, that they try so hard to fight for. When instead they should be doing something more tangible, like building classrooms and providing livelihood training for indigenous people. But nooooooooooooo! most of the time they rally about sexist billboards, American imperialism, and the struggle for total democracy. Message to people, write all those Ideologies on toilet papers, and do us all a favor.

4.) Candidates are picked based on loyalty, family, popularity and not really on qualifications and possible contributions. Mr. Zubiri! I ain't thanking you shit for your bio-fuel act! We don't owe you shit for that, we pay are taxes, and your supposed to do what you were mandated to. Same thing goes to Angara, Osmeña, ET AL.

5.) Richard Gomez for senator! Manny Pacquiao for Congressman! Need I say more?

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Katie's Note: This is written by Ahmad Reza Mahazery. Yup! Ahmad is back, too! Yihee! ;-p

6 Comments:

Blogger fleeting_cloud said...

It is not all bad, you know. I mean what should Congress do but enact laws right, so Zubiri et all proclaiming to the world their bills is but ok because that is what we pay them to do. But it is a diff story if its a boxer running for Congress! Go Darlene! Go!

3:58 AM

 
Anonymous Gabe said...

You have a power greater than your right to vote! Every time you spend a dollar, its a vote for the type of product or service you want to see succeed. So spend wisely. That's how I vote in the USA.

Gabe

10:09 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there Katie, first of all, it's a relief that you put your old website title back on, ("Katie vs. herself" had an angsty-teenager feel about it.)

On to the text: "I am starting to loose faith in the exercise of democratic process."

Oh I have too, about 12 years ago when I was but a wee child. It's pretty obvious: the democratic system gives power to the majority. If the majority is fucked up then the same can be said of their choices.

About the “overeducated bureaucratic pig(s)..."

I find sufficiently educated Filipinos (ones born and raised in the Philippines) to be an extremely rare find. Having studied overseas for a couple of months already, I've gone to my fair share of gatherings and’ve met my fair share of Filipinos studying in Oxbridge/ ULU. The thing is this: They can't put up decent debates against a single precocious 19 year old. It's true, they're shit at critical thinking - they're mostly postgrads studying Philosophy (an exaggeration of course, but yes, a lot of them do such airy-fairy subjects), they lack raw intelligence and get owned discussion after discussion after discussion- but they think they're smart... Oh well, such are Philippine standards - always low.

The fact of the matter is that Intelligent Filipinos are few and far in between. The ones I've met that're actually intelligent though, have got principles, ethics and a code of honor.

"I had quite enough of the pathetic and utterly useless Ideologies of this militants, that they try so hard to fight for."

Yeah, I'd bet you half the self-proclaimed Communists in the country don't know what Communism is. You don't need 180 IQ to understand the concept, but still, referring back to the first point: our people're stupid (not their fault, it’s the society’s but that goes without saying).

"most of the time they rally about sexist billboards, American imperialism, and the struggle for total democracy."

They're trying to raise awareness for their cause, isn't that something similar to what the author was doing when he wrote this text? (Although I don't know who he is and he might actually be doing something active. Don't sue me mr. author...)

"Candidates are picked based on loyalty, family, popularity and not really on qualifications and possible contributions."

There's only one thing more powerful than loyalty, family and popularity, and that's money- a lot of it. Suffice to say, if one is qualified, then that individual must also have a shitload of money if he wants to climb to Philippine political ladder and change the system.

There's the rub.

So... complicated and difficult as it may be, there's hope just yet in a group of people who know that money and raw intelligence are necessary to change the country, who know of the failings of democracy and who keep just and correct principles to heart. They’re quite competent really, although it’s a fact... they’re few and far in between.

P.S. Come to my dinner party next time will 'ya?

4:07 AM

 
Blogger AKILEZ said...

Just vote and lets continue with our Very Infant Democratic country.

I said infant because we only had 4 Presidents after we overthrow the Marcoses and the past doesn't count it was a totally different country before Marcos and totally different country after we ousted him. Perhaps a bright future will shine and we have to wear our sun glasses when we see the rising sun from the Horizon.

Just wear Armani and you will see the difference!!!

3:23 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Filipinos should realize that praying does not work. They have to wake up to the reality that hard work, a sense of community, honesty and rationality are vital in a progessive society.

4:20 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! this is an old post, but so apt for these times.

I'm just sick of how the elections turned out this May 2010. Any hope a had left for the Philippines is now gone. I've always thought that I would live to see the day when Filipino's will have the guts and even just half a mind to see past through the charades of our politicians and focus more on the policies that they endorse. But once again I see another hypocrite on the presidency. Honestly! What can this man do for our country? But what I'm really sick of, is how we're all okay with this.

Many or almost all of us really do lack critical thinking abilities. It clearly shows on the choices of many Filipino's during these elections. I said I had lost any hope a had left for the Philippines becuase of this. Our government is just so corrupt, our politics is so twisted, and our people so "ignorant".

"A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy, or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives." James Madison

11:40 PM

 

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