It is Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama all over the news. The Democratic Presidentiables are fighting for the place of who is going to be their party’s flag carrier on the coming US Presidential Election on November 2008. The ratings of both candidates are tight so I guess whoever wins is a sure winner in the election. I was watching this afternoon the film Man of the Year starring Robin Williams playing a comedian who ran as a President and was elected as US President due to a computer glitch. At the end of the movie, he said “Politicians are like diapers and must be changed frequently for the same reason.” I believe that. Politicians at the beginning of their careers really have what they say “principles and a calling to serve the people” but eventually, as their careers blossom and they are bombarded with opportunists, then they hunger for more power, that’s when they become dirty. Corruption is a virus most, if not all politicians are infected of. They can’t resist the money being laid in front of them when somebody asks for favors notwithstanding the consequence that may happen in doing such favor. It could be a passing of a bill that will benefit only certain groups of people, companies who doesn’t pay proper taxes, non government groups who usually get their salaries from the government, relatives of politicians, and worse is, those terrorists.
Here in the Philippines, more and more showbiz personalities are entering politics but not all of them are lucky enough to get a position. Perhaps they thought that fame alone will not get you anywhere, but politics will. Being an actor doesn’t mean that you are powerful, but being a politician is. In this country, there are only two groups, the Opposition which is led by the former President Joseph Estrada, recently freed from jail due to his case of money laundering, and the Administration of President Gloria Arroyo who is accused of being corrupt and a human rights violator. These two groups have been fighting and arguing about who should be in power. If you ask me, I think these two should just stop because none of them deserves to be a leader of this country. What is it about being a Politician that people are just so crazy of? Does being one means that you are a leader or servant of the people? Who do they really serve, is it the people or the government? Here is what I think. You are a leader not because you are taking care of the financing, or who has an approval rate of 70% but, because you are a leader that serves. You lead a group that should be giving service to a nation. The government should protect the people and not the other way around. So please, straighten up your acts you diapers!