Saturday, May 22, 2010

The New Era

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We just passed a pivotal moment in our nation's history. After nine years of controversial rule from Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, a rule beset by alleged corruption, human rights violations and complete disregard for the supposedly inviolable constitution, she will finally vacate her seat and give it to, supposedly president-elect, Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III. June 30 will be the proverbial sunrise, the dawn of a new era after a long, turbulent nine years filled with talks about ZTE, fertilizer funds, questionable assets, and a boob job. Shall we all rejoice? Not so fast.

Now, I have mixed feelings about the passing of the presidential torch from one person to the other. I am glad that the current president, whose term can only be described as questionable, is finally going end her reign. However, will the change of leadership really make a difference? Will it make our woes go away? Will poverty, corruption, unemployment, terrorism, and other problems be eradicated just by welcoming a new president? I do not know about you but I find it very hard to believe that our problems will just vanish with the wind.

How can you erase the country's problems overnight? I doubt that you can do it in six years, let alone overnight. I do not believe it because I believe that change on such a massive scale that we Filipinos want cannot be achieved by voting another president and hoping that in a span of six years or so(preferably shorter than six years), the problems will suddenly vanish; but you know what? These problems will not disappear. It will not vanish if we have this form of government that feeds on the hopes, fears, and anger of the people. A kind of government that bends the people's will as they see fit. How can progress come to us if the government is like this? If the majority of the people who rule us see their ascension into office as a way of getting rich and not as a way to serve the people. Change will never come if the officials we elect put themselves and their family first before the people and the nation.

However, the biggest fault comes from us, the people. You, me, everyone is to be blamed for the sorry state that this great nation of ours is in. We are living in a climate of passivity where we never act. A few, of course, act and shout but they are never heard because they lack in numbers. Why do we not support them? Are we afraid of our government's wrath? More importantly, why are we afraid of our government? Isn't it supposed to be that the government should be afraid of us?

As the new era begins, with a new president at the helm, we should now start to destroy the chains that binds us and prevents us from shouting. We should destroy the climate of passivity and begin to shout in our own ways and finally lead this nation into its rightful resurrection.

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