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Here in Bubblews and in myLot I’ve noticed the growing number of posts and discussions regarding the senatorial candidates campaigning for the May 2013 Philippine Senatorial Elections. The discussions range from the pervasive political dynasty to contemplations of boycotting the elections. Discontentment was noticeably the prevalent emotional expression with those write-ups.

In all fairness to the senatorial candidates whose destiny seems to have been inextricably linked to running for public service just like their grandfathers’ or parents’ had been, few of them make it to their elected positions to prove to the country that they can accomplish more than what their family surnames have been reputed for.

I don’t understand why we’re supposed to generalize that father and son being in politics is a bane in itself when the power to put them in office rests heavily on the voters. I have read some contemplating giving up their right to vote not realizing they are belittling themselves – they are stuck in this self-defeating mentality that their voice is too small to be heard to make a difference. They think that their one simple vote cannot change the current political arena. They then boycott the elections and rant in forums about how social issues should have been solved. Blah blah blah. They have big expectations. How big? They expect the government to instantly alleviate them from their impoverished living conditions while they do no change in their old ways of thinking.

Citizens who don’t vote have no right to complain or be displeased with their government. I don’t understand why some Filipinos still think of themselves as so inferior. We were called “indios” centuries ago and some Filipinos had laid down their lives to change that. It’s counterproductive to give up our right to vote because of laziness to participate in change. People don’t understand how powerful a small thought-energy which might eventually become a small deed can affect not only their actions but influence others as well. If you’re thinking of boycotting, think again. By giving up your right to vote you are unconsciously perpetuating the idea that nothing will change because change has to start with government leaders and not from each one of us.

If you’re too lazy to vote, go live somewhere else where your contribution is not needed.