election day

In a democratic society, the people pick those who will lead them.  Leaders or representatives are chosen from a list of those who applied and were qualified to be elected.  Leaders therefore as a rule must, well, lead and pursue programs that would benefit the greater number of their constituencies.  Leadership means that it should be wise in representing the requirements of collective needs.  It should be fair in spreading the natural and notable resources of the community in the interest of the majority.  It should lay down the principal benefits of leadership like public safety, active economic endeavors, fair dispensation of justice, just and equitable public services—like medical, cultural and academic amenities; improved civil and infrastructure outlay and a progressive employment scheme.


If a community is pitiable, deprived and poor, it merely points out the absence of leadership.  It indicates further that the community is exploited more than it is governed.  It harbors the view that there is a vacuum of leadership and that it invites the fulfillment of rebellion to fill up the void.


It is a pity that leadership in this country is more concerned on how to govern more than what to fulfill.  Its mindset is more on control rather than on how to make everyone prosperous.  The end of leadership should be the leadership of the people.  It has been said that a good leader does not make a good number of followers, but train more leaders.  In our peculiar situation, leadership is producing leaders not from the ranks of the people but through their bloodlines!


There are calls to shoot down political dynasts running for public office.  The approach is to vote for their opponents.  That is easier said than done and even more precarious.  Those at the forefront of politics in a regular town are usually the top honcho of industry if not the captain of industry himself.  If he is a benevolent employer, he wins hands down and it goes without saying for those whom he would anoint after his term is completed.  And like his business, he would never gamble it to anyone save for the ingenuity and initiative of his known personal ally, usually a member of his family.  In China, that was how wealth is preserved.  We got the same tact with Chinese merchants also not only in preserving commercial gains but also in conserving political advantages.


Voting on election day is very critical not only to the one campaigning but also to the voter himself.  It is a holiday alright and for anyone, holiday means to rest.  Going out into the hustling is never a concept for a breather.  It is even more tiresome than working.  Just imagine, the voter goes into the polling place, amidst a thick crowd mostly partisan, he looks for his name, and once he finds it, will proceed to line up.  If lucky, the cue is arms length although this is more of an exception than the rule.  His legs would cram for standing by waiting for his turn, his stomach grinds slowly intimidating, the big intestines frightening the small intestine and the humid atmosphere is a test for his steadfastness.   Before he gets to the booth, he must control the wriggling of his malnutritioned pulse because exceeding the shade on the encircled item would render the whole exercise as kaput.


Finally, the voter is through exercising his political right.  He goes back home, almost weakened by the jostling.  Sometime ago, Election Day was a celebration of a right, a festivity, a reunion of friends, a communal fellowship.  A day notable for social expression.  It is the most anticipated occasion, like a birthday party.  The people were hyped to see their community leap forward to progress and attain more growth.  Now, the reputation of those to be elected scattered everywhere, blood is on the street and the air is different.  As we go out to express our preference, be careful na lang!





About vjtesoro

A perpetual student of Corrections

Posted on May 12, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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