If you don’t watch House of Cards, you should. It’s about the Underwoods and their quest for political glory. It’s dirty and it gets extremely violent. If you’re not up to date with the latest happenings in the Philippines, you should. It’s a freak show. People killing people and political propaganda left and right.
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If there’s anything House of Cards has taught me about politics is, it’s dirty. If you don’t have the balls to play the game, stay the hell away. It’s so fucking dirty, it’ll twist you and your principles. If you aren’t ready to give your everything, don’t even dare start. I salute the writers of this show because they give you something to think about after each season. It makes you wonder if it’s all even possible. And if it is, what the actual fuck!
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What’s happening in the Philippines is catastrophic. Every time I listen, read, or watch the news, there’s a new person killed over this massive drug war. It’s gotten to a point wherein I’d rather not look.
I am choosing to not look because I know the truth will never be free. As long as the there is politics, this chess game will never end. Because the real truth is, we’re all just pawns in this game the politicians, drug lords, and rich people play.
You and I, we are nothing.
We are dispensable.
Collateral damage if you’re at the wrong place at the wrong time.
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What we don’t understand is when it comes to politics, it’s never as easy as it looks. It’s never 1 + 1. There will be a million factors that may affect a certain decision. A gazillion consequences once a politician goes against the norm. A gazillion more when people’s businesses are on the line. It’s never like your neighborhood sari-sari store where all you think about is how to grow your money honestly. It’s a web of lies.
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Which brings me to my stand on politics, or lack of it. I don’t like it. It’s fucked up. I don’t care too much or try to even voice out my opinions not because I don’t love the Philippines but because I know it doesn’t matter in the end. It’s one small voice. A voice that won’t be heard by the rich and powerful. I don’t like shouting on social media or in real life about my political stand. I know and recognize the fact that it’s a game I don’t belong in. Most importantly, my noise doesn’t contribute to anything for our country.
What do I do instead? I try to love my country in my small ways. I teach my nephews and niece to not litter as it’ll cause floods. I teach them not to do drugs. I teach them to obey and respect the law. I also travel the Philippines as much as I can. I opt to go explore our beautiful country rather than dream of traveling the US, Europe, Korea, etc. I support our national museums and parks. I won’t leave it even if my future here looks bleak. I won’t abandon it for greener pastures.
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In the end, I know it’s never about the country for these politicians. It’s always about their families or legacies. It’s about painting a picture for us, the mere citizens, and making us believe what they want us to believe. It’s all the same whether in the administration or the opposition. It has always been about turning us into fools.
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