Are they voting for the country
Or for a discounted coffee?
(Ramblings on Elections
And how it became commercialised as any other event)
It seems that everyone has assuming to be "patriotic" this Election day.
Be it as serious as their candidates and committed in their programs of action, or merely toying the entire event for chrissakes, these registered voters woke up early if not enduring the morning till afternoon heat, went to their voting precincts, shading their respective candidates, and as they went home after having their votes cast in PCOS Machines, waiting for their candidate win if not moving on as if nothing happened yet afforded to use their identifications meant for the season as voters.
However, that same day is also a day for establishments, as several restaurants and food businesses are also getting in on the importance of exercising Filipinos' right to vote such as Starbucks Philippines with its "One for You, One to Share" or Buy One, Get One promo on their Chocolate Hazelnut Macchiato or Roasted Caramel Macchiato on May 9 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Quite nice though to see establishments making election also convenient with all these perks, especially to those who can afford yet having their "consciences" be obliged to go to their precinct in order to vote their bet or even play the ballot for nothing.
And if most people are merely running after these perks, one would say that are they really voting for the country? That are they voting out for their principles and programs as what their politicos fighting for? Or just for a promise of offering promos and discounts to those who have already cast their votes?
Sorry to say, but Damn! It seems that markets has really taken over everyone's political lives and profiteers really profited from it. And if some afforded these yet having principles as their basis of voting their respective politicians, for sure there are those who vote all for the sake of voting besides those of having themselves preferring to "stay" because of the "heat".
Anyways, whatever they say, the country needs a social overhaul by making people truly aware what's going, that the people will suddenly having themselves learn to claim their own country after all the bullshits being passed through years; otherwise, you will see a country similar to this kind of person who thinks that everything is all but the same, he chose not to engage in social affairs, what more of thinking all those statements and promises as illusions.
That person chose to sleep, and like Rip Van Winkle, will wake up few weeks, if not months or years, decades, or even centuries after just to see those so-called 'Changes'.
That's all for now. After all, with or without the elections, it is really true that today's era is "Kali Yuga", the so-called "age of vice", if not the age of "strife", "discord", "quarrel" or "contention".
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