Fairy tales coming up
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
Now that the campaign for the 2013 election is winding up, the public must prepared for all the fantastic claims and imaginative scenarios that can be expected from the camps of candidates, especially those who are desperate about their chances when voting day comes.
Although one famous saying is that “All is fair in love and war”, there is none yet about including elections in that adage. And that is why some politicians feel they have the freedom, or license, to be as outrageous as possible in the fairy tales they produce and circulate about their opponents, believing, perhaps in another saying that the more outrageous their stories, the more people will talk about it.
But will the people believe them? Will people especially of voting age bite the story of someone who talks about righteousness and morality when they see such candidate flaunting his immoral acts to the public? Will they accept claims that are so beautifully couched by a wordsmith who just implies in a roundabout way – that he can easily deny if confronted – gains that are only in his imagination?
But criminals can flee or keep out of the public eye, while such politicians can only run, but they cannot hide. The people know who they are and what they are capable of doing, so that they know who are attempting to fool them, and who are tried and tested in their service.
Elections always bring out all kinds of spinmasters, some of whom have made fooling the people their way of life. But, as another saying goes: Evil will only triumph if good people do nothing. In the coming election, therefore it will be time for all good men to identify the evil ones and see to it that they are not allowed to triumph.
Meanwhile, the Good Lord has spared Bacolod City and Negros Occidental from so many calamities and disasters in the past, surely He will also spare them from having officials who might themselves be the disasters we had avoided.*