Monday, November 02, 2009

The So-called Agents of Change

The so-called agents of change has all come out from their cocoons. They offer themselves to the electorate who is tired of almost a decade of a corrupt administration. Yet as we see their faces on television, hear their calculated answers in forums and claim that they will solve all our problems, I cannot take their words as truth. The fact of the matter is that they are more of the Justify Fullsame system we've all been trying to get out of.

One of the most glaring signs or common factor these agents have is that they belong to political dynasties. I wonder how these politicians can look straight into our eyes and claim they all want change. Yet you see members of their families holding elective positions. Of course they'll say that there is no law prohibiting political dynasties or any law that prevents anyone wanting to serve the people. How can I then put my faith in them when they embrace traditional politics?

Sen. Dick Gordon's wife is the mayor of Olongapo. Erap's son Jinggoy is a senator while JV is the mayor of San Juan. Manny Villar's wife is a congresswoman and his son a councilor of Las Piñas. Chiz Escudero's father replaced him as congressman when he ran for the senate. Aren't these examples of traditional politics? So they would claim that they want continuity in the programs they have started. The way I see it, good programs will be supported and continued by whoever would replace them regardless of political affiliation. It need not be another family member to see these programs through.

So then how will these so-called agents of change convince me that they are sincere? I don't think they will ever be able to do that. They are all trapos in every sense of the word. They can claim all they want but the fact of the matter is that they can never shed the skin of traditional politics. Unless they denounce political dynasty ism they can never be agents of change. Spare us the hype, walk the talk so that you will be credible enough for our votes. You don't have a monopoly of public service.