Why do majority of the people find it difficult to trust the national leadership? Its pronouncements are doubted if not in fact ridiculed, what it does is either questioned or regarded as devious or odious even. That is why practically all its faithful allies are looked down upon. It’s loss of credibility and confidence is precisely why most of its candidates for the senate lost—notwithstanding all public funds spent and a huge political machinery tapped all over the land.
It is not the people who have it all wrong. It is the national leadership that has not gotten it right all along. It all started when it avidly pursued the highest public office after publicly saying it would definitely not do such. It tearfully said it was sorry for a gross misdeed while it was really not repentant. It promised nationwide progress and development when there is in effect much poverty and sickness all over the land, for a long while.
It displays itself as adorned with profound piety and devotion. There was even that memorable occasion that it went to the extent of claiming often, direct and personal heavenly communications. Recently, it decided to go to the center of Christianity ostensively for religious reasons. Yet, not too long ago, the country it leads was declared as the most corrupt in Asia, and recently, it was further judged as the 100th least peaceful in the world.
A national leadership becomes more rejected and despised the more it tramples upon its constituents. Hundreds of human lives were unceremoniously terminated-and the counting of the extrajudicial and political killings continues. Human rights are nonchalantly violated. It pitifully has selective perception of human dignity depending on its tenure of wealth, power and influence.
But to be fair and just, it is necessary to look as well for the rightful attributions and achievements of the national leadership. It is neither proper nor healthy to but pay attention to its already known liabilities and many demerits. This is the demand of truth and the postulate of justice. That is why the following beg for expressed mention.
It has superior academic attainment—even if there is much to be desired in its concrete performance. It speaks with good grammar and much eloquence—although much distant from day to day realities. It repeatedly professes good intentions and proposes glorious plans—in spite of the shameful tripod of lying, cheating and stealing thereto attributed and to date still appended to it.
Who says that people are not fair and truthful?
27 July 2007