Friday, March 04, 2016

THE POLITICAL COMMUNITY



There is politic.  There is politics.  And there are politicians.  In their respective common and brief understanding:  Politics is the art of exercising governance, the administration of public affairs for common welfare.  Politicians are public officials who are supposedly experts in the science of governance, i.e., having the ability to deal  with people and to accordingly accomplish agenda for the common good of the people and the welfare of the country.

Considering that the above are but concepts and ideas, it is not only possible but at times even certain that in practice, politics can be rather far from the ideals that it intellectually and logically projects.  And this is because of errant politicians themselves.  In other words, politicians can be exactly the opposite of who they should be and what they should do.  And this is when the reality of politics/politicians become not simply questionable but lamentable even.  So it is that based on their personal experience, there are certain observations usually made and reactions commonly felt by people or the citizens in general that are not only derogative to politics but also degrading to politicians.

A few examples:  The interests of the few powerful  and some wealthy families/clans are pitted against those of the many weak and poor citizens through political peddling.  The supposedly equal application of the law plus the administration of justice are jeopardized by preferential factors on account of political considerations.  There is practically no honest and serious accountability of public funds that go in and out from public coffers – going in from the over-demanding taxation laws imposed upon the citizenry and going out  not exactly for the latter’s common good but usually for the personal good of the politicians.  There is wherefore cynicism if not downright distrust on the part of many citizens against a good number of political authorities particularly about the latter’s honesty, integrity, sincerity – not to mention competence and industry.

But when politics is rightly understood and practiced by politicians and when citizens on the other hand not only affirm their rights but also fulfil their obligations, some of the more important social benefits from such a healthy relational exchange are the following:  Respect for the human dignity and basic rights of all men, women, and children.  Subsidiarity  and solidarity among the government officials and the citizens.  Justice and peace, order, and development in the country.  And these positive phenomena are not purely ideals whereas there are countries – not really a few – that do have and are enjoying socio-political attributions.

The observations made above are timely realities that should be given particular attention during this time in the Country specifically so with the forthcoming 2016 Elections.  The Philippines not only had but also still has enough bad politicians who are precisely serious liabilities to the Political Community.  This is a living truth in the Philippines.  Conclusion:  Filipinos, vote wisely – please!