Monday, February 5, 2007

Against the Odds

Buckminster Fuller said: "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Recent estimates by political pundits placed the possible cost of a Senatorial bid at PhP 150 million ($3 million). This would include tv and radio spots, print ads, "sample ballots", election gimmicks, "watcher fees" at $20 a day for 3 days multiplied by 150 thousand precincts if you want your votes counted and guarded against alterations, etc. Truly an awe-inspiring circus given that 40% live in poverty and people continue to die each day from complications arising from the inability to purchase hypertension and diabetes medications and inexpensive antibiotics.

We must not allow all these traditionals to frame yet again this coming electoral exercise according to their specs. We must begin somewhere. We must have faith in God and we need to stop treating the majority of the voters as idiots. I don't think anybody will disagree with me when I state that our country desperately needs us all to change.

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