Monday, August 31, 2009

Thinking Out of the Box 8

New Age Politics?

Headlines in Japan tell the historic victory of the opposition that ended the conservative administration's party rule since the second World War. Few months ago, the first African-American President of the US was inaugurated. What do these mean?

Change. The world has changed. The people want it. The people need it.

Without a doubt, these two economic and democratic powers have well-informed electorate. In the midst of the present financial downturn, the winning candidates showed the voters what their platform for reform and recovery were. And victory there was.

What does this imply to the Filipino voters?

Assuming that the voting public were as suave as the Japanese and the Americans, the public is seeking for young fresh statesmen. Not politicians. They will vote intelligently. Not wisely. They want change for the better. Not merely change for its sake.

I want to believe that many Filipino voters are smart enough to select the best candidate. Maybe you who are reading this blog were one of them. What about Mang Pandoy from the fourth class municipality of Occidental Mindoro? And there are many like him who does not even know how to write his name.

What is its implication to the Philippine political scene?

Be very careful. Gone are the days of stone age politics. Creative advantage has more substance than competitive advantage. Be true to your constituents. The politicians that we have had since antiquity may not see the next day in the bureaucracy. The country needs fresh DNA.

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.~Will Rogers
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