It would be ever so nice if something made sense for a change
I’ve been thinking about what, if anything, I would write leading up to the elections tomorrow. Most all of us have made our choices; hopefully according to our personal conscience and beliefs. All that is left is to mark our choices and hope they are counted accordingly. A big hope, but in the land renowned for its positivity, for today and tomorrow I’m choosing to remain positive (and prepare for the worst, of course). You would think this would be difficult with the alcohol ban and all, but as the old saying goes: Always be prepared…or maybe always plan ahead?
What is the use of repeating all that stuff, if you don’t explain it as you go? It’s by far the most confusing thing I’ve ever heard!
- The Mock Turtle
The talking heads of television and print have been having a field day dissecting all of the potential possibilities and scenarios that may happen tomorrow. Strangely, none of said what would happen if everything went according to plan. To be perfectly honest, neither have I; especially with all of the uncertainties that have been cropping up in the last week and months.
Shock and awe maybe? Gasps of goodness? But hey, if everything does go well tomorrow, the restaurants and bars should be open late because we will all be out toasting to divine intervention. Although I would still think Smartmatic and the Comelec gots some explaining to do.
I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is ‘Who in the world am I?’ Ah, that’s the great puzzle!
So, anyway, I will be doing my civic duty bright and early tomorrow morning and then volunteering to help support the Board of Election Inspectors at my barangay. Do I know what I’m going to be doing? Nope. Not a damn thing. Uncertainty is the spice of life as they always say.
Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.
And that seems to be the crux of the matter; since the situation with automated polls has been constantly in flux, none of us really quite knows what tomorrow will bring. Even when it comes to the elected positions; we quite don’t know what to expect as well.
According to the top 3 reputable polls, Noynoy is in the lead by a comfortable margin. Yet, there are two strangely unremarked pollsters that have Villar and Gibo either close or outright in the lead: Villar slightly behind Noynoy and Gibo comfortably ahead. Binay has overtaken Roxas and who knows what will happen in the Senatorial race (other than the expected duo of Revilla and Estrada).
Already we are seeing reports of pre-election violence; PCOS machines and classrooms on fire; vote-buying and accusations of harassment and intimidation. What will give first? Will the hackneyed discourse of the forces of good arrayed against the forces of evil again become the story of the day? The worst possible outcome remains the failure of elections.
Either way, no matter who is elected, the only possible scenario is a clean election. Nothing can be done in the future if there is no untainted mandate - and in this we do not mean a mandate of the majority (an almost impossible scenario), but an election relatively untouched. Let’s say, elections the exact opposite of 1953, 1986 (for that matter all Martial Law elections) and 2004.
Over all of this uncertainty continues to hang the specter of machine politics and its ability to subvert elections. Surprises and strangeness are the norm here and likely will be tomorrow.
Tut, tut, child! Everything’s got a moral, if only you can find it!
- The Duchess
It seems we’ve been living in a Wonderland (or Underland as the latest movie revised) of electioneering, sloganeering - what with Mad Hatters run amok, our very own miniature Queen of Hearts, Tweedledee/Tweedledumb and the rest of the Tweedle family, the Cheshire cat(s) and all manner of insanity running lose - and I have the sneaking suspicion we ain’t seen nothing yet.
No wonder you’re late. Why, this watch is exactly two days slow.
- The Mad Hatter
And you cannot help but feel, that no matter what happens tomorrow it is only the beginning. After that comes the counts, then the recounts and recriminations, then the jockeying for power and the delicate balancing act of the transition of power. With the animosity that has built up between the current admin the general electorate…well anything can and will happen.
Oh yes, it is a Wonderland and I can’t help feeling, at the same time, we’re stepping through the looking glass.
Here. We. Go. Time to stand up and elect our future representatives.
A cat may look at a king. I’ve read that in some book, but I don’t remember where.