What To Look For In A Political Candidate

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Hello ladies and gentlemen. I am once again writing this article because certain individuals have been asking me, rather repetitively, who am I going to vote for in the 2016 election and what they need to look for in a good candidate. Before I begin, I’d like to take the time to call out some of you on why I even need to mention what you should look for in a good leader. I mean come on, isn’t that something that you should know for yourself? Don’t you think that as a democratic country, it falls to each of us to see for ourselves who we should be voting for? Aren’t these questions we should consider carefully before we even decide to vote? Anyway, that’s enough ranting, time for me to get to the point before the lot of you get bored or something. Listen close now, because I’m only going to say this. Although I kinda bet I’ll be eating my words because some of you will probably miss the point again. 

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A Vision

Benign0, Fallen Angel and Ilda repeat themselves silly with this idea but still, for some reason, there are those of you who still don’t get it at all.

Anyway “vision” is about seeing the positive aspects of the Philippines and what kind of society they’ll make in the far future. For example, if we could somehow instill a sense of discipline and harmony among our people, could we ever become anything like Singapore or South Korea? Another instance would be if we were to find a way to wisely consume our resources and put them to good use, could we be as wealthy and influential as Brazil and Morocco?

However, I also need to remind some people that “vision” is not the same as “illusion”. Vision is something we can reach towards and eventually achieve if we all do our part. Vision is not a useless fantasy meant to cover harsh but undeniable truths. President Aquino may make his “straight path” seem as flowery as possible but he can never deny that it is essentially a road to Hell.

An Sense Of Pragmatism

I remember Fallen Angel saying something about some of the greatest leaders were often possessed selfish motives. Truth be told, that is a simple reality we just have to live with. You have to remember that when it comes to business, it’s usually the people with the most aggressive strategies that make the biggest profits. While a good leader might not need to be heartless, they should be the type who won’t let their emotions get the better of them and prevent them from doing what is right.

Typical Pinoys often fall easily for the candidate playing nice. You have to remember that being nice often isn’t enough. Can “nice” enable one to go toe to toe with the more corrupt elements of society and liberate the poor? Can “nice” defend the country from ruthless foreign invaders? Considering the kind of culture we have and the wickedness inherent in it, what we need is a leader who can “think like the enemy” as Zun Tzu would say and can trade blow for blow with the influential scum of our country as well as keep up with the nefarious minds of foreign enemies.

True Wit

I know that there are those of you who may look down on Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. In fact, there have been those who even believe that the woman is more than a little unstable. However, if you compare her to President Aquino who refuses to approve solar and wind generator on the basis that the sun might be obscured or that the wind might be still, respectively, there is simply no competition to be had.

Being smart isn’t just about talking smart, ladies and gentlemen. It is about planning ahead, considering options and making sound and steady decisions. Also note that just because a candidate came from a prestigious school doesn’t mean he or she is supposed to be intelligent. Remember always that even school officials can be paid off.

Has A Sense Of Empathy

The problem with typical Pinoys is that they are easily hoodwinked by candidates who eat with their hands, shake hands with the poor or give freebies and assume that these people actually “care”. Sure they care. They care about your votes and that’s pretty much how far it goes.

If you ask me though, as I’ve mentioned ad nauseum, caring is centered on the word “empathy”. It’s about putting yourself in the shoes of the other guy. It’s about knowing their pain and understanding how it must affect them on a personal level. For instance, can you imagine yourself eating pagpag just so you won’t starve to death? Can you even bring yourself to feed your family pagpag knowing that what you’re feeding them is essentially vomit?

A candidate who truly cares about the Philippines will be one who can finally put an end to the system that essentially forces our countrymen to slave away overseas for the promise of giving their families a good future. After all, why put them at risk in other countries when we can bring the opportunities to our own country and provide just about anyone with the chance to make something of themselves?

A Sense Of Sacrifice

Like I said in my article about Mar Roxas, real sacrifices hurt. A lot. And no, what Mar Roxas is doing can’t be called a “sacrifice” unless he really does dance in a thong. Jejomar Binay giving away freebies aren’t sacrifices either as he probably bought most of them using taxpayer money.

If anything, sacrifices are difficult acts done for the greater good no matter how painful they may seem. They may hurt, but then you realize that it’s for the greater good anyway. It’s like giving something away because someone else might need it more. Like giving your seat to an old person when on a bus or giving food you intend to eat to a starving beggar.

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Okay then, I’ve said all I could. Now do you know what to look for in a candidate?

 

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