Cycle of mistakes
ESSENCE - Ligaya Rabago-Visaya (The Freeman) - March 30, 2019 - 12:00am

We are now bombarded with claims, promises and promises, here and there from politicians who once again want a fresh mandate. Honestly, I have reached the point of questioning why I have to exercise my right of suffrage when after all this would all lead to naught.

But on the other hand, I am also thinking if maintaining this frame of mind as if I am resolved to the idea that there is no hope left for this country.

Looking at the bright side of this electoral process necessitates one to be critical of what one candidate can provide viable programs in various aspects of life, be it in the advancement of technology, improving the quality of life or in the promotion of arts and culture. It is important to hear them say their views on various topics and this would also form part of their promise to their constituents. The realization of their promises is another important area that we should watch out for, as some candidates are only good in delivering the promises, not the goods.

The cycle of failure is repeated as we are being fooled by their promises. But what is even more depressing is when we know already their background yet we continue to elect same people who at some of point in our history failed our people. Even if we know what they have done to our country yet we still continue to trust them, voting them for the second and third time as if history doesn’t serve its purpose and that is to teach us valuable lessons, either to continue the good ones or deny those we know would repeat the same mistake, and therefore continue the cycle of failures. When do we know that enough is enough? Committing a mistake for the first time is forgivable, but the second and third time is foolishness, an outright insult to our human intellect and basic capacity to draw the line between basic understanding and utter idiocy.

We cannot afford that the future generation will turn to us and ask what we did during our time. Real change should come from knowing the past and the realization that such devastating precedent would cease from recurring as this would not only impact the present but the future as well. We cannot change history but our present choice would define the kind of future we provide for our children.

It's deplorable that those who win are often those who are popular yet not appropriate for the job. Winnability ought not to be the reason for choosing a candidate. Platforms and a candidate’s qualities and track record ought to be mulled over.

It is very crucial that we elect public officials who are principled, courageous, and who have the common good as their main concern and not their own political interests. Ending the cycle of failures is easier said than done, but the time has come that we need to take action because the future is at stake.

ligayarabago@yahoo.com

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