July 23, 2024

It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said, “In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.”
He must have been thinking of the Philippines when he uttered those immortal words. Just kidding. Belated happy Filipino-American Friendship Day!
I agree with the French general since there are so many examples of politicos who were elected into office not because of any brilliance or solid achievements on their part, but only because they belong to political dynasties, have famous parents, grandparents or even children. That’s all. So even if they are as stupid as can be, it does not matter.
If you are still not convinced, just look at some of our so-called leaders from the barangays all the way to Malacañang. I said some and not all. Let’s be fair. There are those who are truly servant leaders and deserve to be elected into office. Problem is, they are so few.
In every elections, only a miniscule of these deserving individuals are voted into office due to lack of name recognition, money, connections, etc. They are not “winnable” in other words. Unfortunately, those who are “winnable” are usually stupid political scions who only serve themselves and their cronies when elected. While they win, the people lose.
Question is, who is more stupid? The corrupt idiots elected into office or we, the people, who continue to for vote them despite knowing that they will be bad for our beloved country? Maybe it’s true, the cruel joke has been on us all this time. What’s sad is that we, the Filipino people, allow this to happen again and again and again. So, who is more stupid?

Here’s “Happiness” by Carl Sandburg: “I asked the professors who teach the meaning of life to tell/ me what is happiness./ And I went to famous executives who boss the work of/ thousands of men./ They all shook their heads and gave me a smile as though/ I was trying to fool with them/ And then one Sunday afternoon I wandered out along/ the Desplaines river/ And I saw a crowd of Hungarians under the trees with/ their women and children/ and a keg of beer and an/ accordion.”

Let’s end with a prayer: “May my life be filled with thanksgiving and praise for your countless blessings. Give me assurance that you supply my every need through your generosity. May grace, mercy, and peace be with me, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Son, in truth and love. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen. “
May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep us all safe.