The sad thing is that its negative effect continues to be perpetuated by those corrupted that to this day we are mired in a hole that we are finding ourselves hard to extricate.
If we continue to pet some of these rabid animals disguised in all kinds of venality brought about by similar words like arrogance, hubris, self-importance, high-handedness, imperiousness, etc., and allow it to be used upon us, time and again, then we are only to blame and perhaps deserve where we find ourselves in.
But, least we forget, we have the power to change some of these animals’ behavior, whom we already have identified as doing the people and this country more harm than good, so that the ones we are replacing them with can start pulling us from the muck we are all bogged down and make this country proud again.
Compared to the number of these mad dog-aspirants in politics, we, who are better known as the electorate, are many and can easily overwhelm them when the right time comes, but only if we use our free will and accord, the way God has gifted us with.
What I am simply saying is this: It does not take for the electorate to have, each, a club to clobber some of these mad dogs. We only have to wait for that day, called the elections day, for all of us to be united and be unanimous in our conviction not to vote for those whom we think are mad dogs or prospective mad dogs. It only takes a pen or a pencil to knock them cold in the race. That is how easily we can beat them.
But, I know I am talking about the impossible.
There are still many out there who are corruption-addicted and they go along with these animals as they are part of their culture and enjoy seeing them play tricks before the people on games like the politics of convenience, politics of expediency, patronage politics, and politics of profitability, otherwise known as business politics.
I do not understand why known traditional political parties who have produced illustrious statesman and politicians in the past are now coalescing and making alliances that include mediocre candidates in there senatorial tickets? Hard to believe that money and fame can make one a senator! What more proof to show when we have them already? Do we need more of them?
Talking about mad dogs, a lady senator before, in the peak of her anger, has called a colleague ‘azkal’ or ‘asong kalye’ (street dog), and guess where they are now – together and running under the same party, but not barking .. er.. talking! How about that? The same lady senatorial aspirant was a staunch critic of a former presidential aspirant, but now she finds herself in the same party with the wife of the latter who continues to be nauseous about her.
Politics makes strange bedfellows, indeed.
How about the young, brass, former military turned politician turned bogus negotiator, who, not too long ago wanted us all to believe that his expertise was instrumental in easing tensions at the Panatag shoal, and now wants to be re-elected senator? The nerve!
Alas, we never learn.
We continue letting politics go to the dogs, the vicious ones, to our disadvantage and to the nation’s shame.