Last time I posted an article about politics, several bloggers said that their noses bled. It kind of startled me because their immediate response is to refuse to read further because it’s about politics. Their system refuses to ingest anything about politics. And for me, to know that bloggers of my community are gradually losing interest in current events and the political life of the country is quite alarming.
I can’t really blame them. The game of politics is just as dirty, as slimy, and as sickening as an
STD infested unwashed vagina
of a whore. That’s how sickening and disgusting it is- it makes you lose your
appetite, even your boner.
Add to that the half-truths of politicians, the secret second lives of certain national leaders, the biased reports and stories of journalists, the whimsical propagandas, the inaccessibility of the public to government documents, and the lack of transparency of the legislature, the transcendental idiocy of show business, and the decline of the general culture of the people. It’s a salad of the ultimate idiosyncrasies of this planet.
So it’s really not that appealing and not easy to digest. Bloggers wouldn’t want to have a spoonful of politics. On the other hand this salad is the primary nourishment for that growing monster called political illiteracy and the staple of incumbent dynasties.
Here's what Bertolt Brecht, the great German dramatist, once said-
"The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies”
Marami nang ganyan sa bansa natin. Mahirap at mayaman, jologs at coños, matanda at bata. In a time when information is available everywhere- internet, TV, radio, broadsheets and tabloids, and blogs- everything can be known by everyone. Internet, above all, has somehow emancipated the mass up to a certain degree.
Thus anybody who has internet access cannot justify his own political illiteracy. Those who have the luxury and privilege to get all kinds of information cannot deny the fact that they now have the duty to ask questions, to be informed, and to inform and educate others.
Filipino bloggers have a higher degree of privilege and responsibility as citizens of the
. Our blogging
experience has evolved from writing about our thoughts, petty issues of our
lives, and our quirky lifestyles, to the creation of networks of friends and
writers, literary competitions, and recently, making a difference not only in
the blogosphere and in the literary world, but also in the community. It has
brought you all from the ranks of average citizens to exceptional modern day
leaders and agents of change of the neighbourhood. Philippines
Few days from now elections will be held in the
. We will be
choosing 12 new (or the same old) leaders to the Senate. I call on my fellow
bloggers to create an atmosphere of awareness and ignite in others a flicker of
interest to scrutinize candidates. Philippines
I believe that you’re all aware of what’s happening in the country but you’re not willing to discuss something that is exasperating and frustrating. But that’s the point. We have to tell them of our frustration. We have to tell them of our disappointments. This attitude of nonchalance must die in our system. It is a disease that will spread to all our people and it will eventually cripple democracy and justice.
Bloggers, do not be afraid to influence the outcome of the elections by letting people know what they ought to know. Do not be afraid to defy those who are in power. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Do not be afraid to demand answers. Do not be afraid to be at odds with other fellow bloggers and engage in a healthy debate on policies and ideas, instead of bitterly bad-mouthing each other with black propagandas.
Encourage others to go out and vote. Campaign for your candidates, whether you’re supporting the opposition or the administration. Explain to others the importance of scrutinizing politicians. Educate others of the basic political culture of our country. Explain to the youth their role and responsibility as citizens.
And finally, bloggers, you must all write. Write about your opinions and your stand on certain issues, at least for once in your lifetime. Write to your mayors and governors. Write to politicians on why you hate them so much, because you have the freedom to do it. Write to organizations and associations who are fighting for justice and freedom and the emancipation of minorities, the poor, women and youth. Write to congressmen and senators personally or collectively.
Do not underestimate the power of the pen. You must realize how powerful words can be. You must understand how much you can influence a generation.
We have seen how internet-users and bloggers scared the sh*t out of those senators who passively approved R.A. 10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Act that limits the freedom of bloggers. A powerful tool is already in our hands. All you need is a heart with courage to push further and an unwavering faith that despite all the stupidities and the lies and problems we can still have a better government, a better senate, and a glorious