Quite your bitchin’.
The lines are drawn, the information is out there, the majority of the voters have made up their minds…and further black propaganda, temper tantrums, thinly veiled threats, insults, lies and innuendos are not going to work. As a matter of fact, if anything, what we’ve seen is that the Filipino public is becoming more discerning. Lies have fallen flat, black propaganda rebounded. Don’t believe it? Just look at the issues that have become relevant and look at those that did not.
So shut the fuck up. All of you.
The only thing left that will sway the remaining voters is to tell us about you. Not where you say you’ve come from, not what you think you’ve done for the country…it’s no longer even truly about your qualifications.
It’s about hope and the promise of what you can bring to the country. It’s about making us believe that you are the President. Not some lackey, not some manipulator or agitator or loose cannon or even a precocious savant. But the President. The man who will lead us out of the morass that we’ve found ourselves in.
Wonder why some have failed to gain traction? It’s really not that hard to figure out with what has gone on in the last 10 years.
At the end of the day, cutting through the rhetoric and looking past all of the issues and propaganda and innuendos, the truth is people today are going to vote for hope. Not since Martial Law have things felt so bleak. Manolo Quezon called it The Great Remembrance. I hope that this time our memories are a little longer than in 1986. To re-embrace the aura of People Power is well and good. But the constant need to manufacture that feeling repeatedly is destroying this country.
Today, we need to build on this election, on this feeling
So, if you want to have a chance at making a move in the last week, drop the cutesy slogans about corruption or poverty or track record or your overwhelming intelligence. Don’t give a fuck anymore (especially since, so many of the slogans are not even applicable to the candidate).
Talk about hope and change and what you are going to do for us. And make us believe it.
Belief is hope this election season.
And this election must become a building block for the future. What type of future will we have, if the first step, the first building block is anger and hatred and insults?
Sad as it is to say, the largest impediments to our growth as a nation is not the poverty situation, the economic situation, the state of education or our health system. It’s our politicians and so-called civil servants. Their selfish whims and short-sided desires have pushed this country into a downward spiral.
And no amount of People Power revolutions or revolts will fix that. You know why? Because at the end of the day, after revolts and revolutions, leaders still have to lead. They still have to make that conscious choice to put the country ahead of the self. Why did People Power fail in its long-term objectives? It’s not the so-called civil society oligarchs or big businesses. It was our so-called politicians.
Hope and belief and change. They can happen, they will happen. And those are the dominant emotions driving this election. So, the question becomes for candidates, and Comelec; politicians old and new:
Are you doing to remain selfish and shortsided? Or are you actually going to work to help this country?
In one week, the people will make their choice. And if the Comelec lives up to their charter, it will truly be the choice of the people. That will be step one. Our step.
Step two and all the little steps beyond are up to each and every one of you in government.
I hope you feel the pressure. All of us do.