Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Blah Blah Blah Day, Today is Blah Blah Blah day, Blah Blah Blah can be used---ALL this talk about the 2013 national election and the search for political alliances is a lot of hot air. The politicians’ reaching out for political allies to secure party victory is good stuff only for page one, the gossip columns, prime-time TV news and broadcast commentary.

The current race for winning coalitions have no meaning for the country and the people in terms of good government, effective leadership, jobs, livelihoods, university education, health insurance and affordable housing.

In the first place, there are no real political parties in these islands. What we have are partisan politics-based groups built around a leader or a small group of like-minded individuals with selfish agendas to protect and to promote.

National and local elections are decided by such small groups of self-elected leaders. New administrations come about through their machinations. The fare of 92 million Filipinos is shaped by their collective will, in alliance with big contributors, fund-raisers and vested sectors.

The political parties, as we know them, do not possess a core value or values. They are bereft of a moral philosophy, a basic political ideology or a fundamental approach to the economy.

No principle, philosophy or core value distinguishes them from one another. Made from the same cloth, they could only be remembered by their names or by the leader who shepherds the flock.

On or off campaign time, the parties offer the same nostrums to the nation’s chronic ills. Their national slogans are based on motherhood statements.

The law requires the major political parties to offer the electorate a platform of government. Have we heard of such a thing? They are expected to provide programs for the voters to consider, or options to choose from.

Where do they stand on the basic issues confronting the national life? What is the party position on population planning, national security, immigration and citizenship policy, the separation of church and state, the equality of the three branches of government and local government autonomy?

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