Monday, May 15, 2006

The Declaration of Independence

How fortunate for the United States to have such an extraordinary bunch of geniuses for a first team 230 years ago--Washington, John Adams, Jefferson and Franklin. "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another...."

Jefferson was 11 years younger than I when he wrote the majority of those words "not to find new principles, or new arguments...but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent...".

"We hold these truths to be self-evident....".

Is there still any question that revolutionary change will need to come from outside the Philippines? There are so many heroic Filipinos that will join without hesitation the cause that will make our country rise from these desperate depths. Enough of these superficial sound bites and pathetic displays of patronizing leadership. We need real and constructive debate; a serious discussion of the major problems that keep the Philippines stunted. A strong political resolve to finally end the generations-old problems of land reform, population control, environmental stewardship, relevant education and most important, CHARACTER CHANGE. We need to get rid of our bad habits as a nation. We must all strive to become more productive towards common goals. We need to bring God back into politics. Justice, truth, love for neighbor have never been proprietary concepts of any single religion. These are universal human attributes we need to continually strive for.

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