The Political Community
IN few and simple words, the political community is the composite of individuals called politicians precisely by practicing politics. The politicians, in turn, as commonly known and repeatedly said, are public officials meant for public service for the good and welfare of the general public.
It then becomes an obvious contradiction when the political community is actually after its own advantages and benefits, precisely brought about by its tenure of authority and the power that goes therewith. So it is that when the political community has in fact become pro-self instead of being pro-people. Such is the cause of public dissent which can lead to social unrest.
The fact is that the above observations are not simply according to reason and wherefore enter but the realm of ethics. The truth is that same observations are founded on faith and therefore ascend to the order of morals. So is it that nothing less than the Social Doctrine of the Church (SDC) itself holds and affirms the following teachings—to cite but a few.
“The human person is the foundation and purpose of political life.” (SDC no. 384 a). Man is the basis and finality of the political life and activity in a country. Just as politics is not for itself, so too, the political life is neither but for an ego-trip of politicians. Such would be a betrayal of politics and a curse to man.
“The political community originates from the nature of human persons.” (SDC no. 382 b). Every human person has a body that needs food, shelter, and clothing, a mind that seeks formation, education, and work, and a spirit that has designs and aspirations. All these brought about politics/political community in society.
“The political community finds its authentic dimension in its reference to people.” (SGD no. 385).
How attended to and protected are the people? Do they live in justice and peace? Do they have development in their country? If the answers to these questions are in the negative, then the political community equals betrayal.
Let it be said that the above cited teachings of the Social Doctrine of the Church are but scholastic in nature or simply speculative in reach, it is enough to look at how politics is done in the Philippines, how politicians treat the Filipinos. No wonder then that the People of the Philippines by and large look down at Philippine politics and even hold in despise a good number of Philippine politicians.
People of the Philippines – A Convenient Scapegoat
THE Poor Pilipino People—this is another reading of “PPP”. And such is not really bad a coincidence. The Filipinos have become even poorer with the advent of the present administration. While it is said by this and that foreign financial entity that the index of the socio-economic standing of the Philippines is heavenly high, the ground reality, however, is that more and more Filipinos live and feel the fact of poverty. The main thesis affirmed and championed by the administration is that Filipinos are poor because they are many in number or in count. In other words, the poverty in the country is simply because of the big number of Filipinos. It is as simple as that.
There is no sufficient number of work or employment in the Philippines. Reason: There are too many Filipinos. There are many of them who are homeless. Reason: There are too many Filipinos. There are many crimes—murders, assassinations, violence—in the country. Reason: There are too many Filipinos. Justice, peace, and development are but impossible dreams. Reason: There are too many Filipinos. Consumer goods are costly and becoming even costlier as time goes by. Reason: There are too many Filipinos. Taxes that are more in kind and in amount are never enough. Reason: There are too many Filipinos. There are not enough schools. Classrooms are crowded. Reason: There are too many Filipinos. The streets are full of people, vehicles are everywhere, and accidents are common. Reason: There are too many Filipinos. There are more and more OFWs who leave their families behind in order to make a living. Reason: There are too many Filipinos. Hunger and weakness, sickness and death are all around. Reason: There are too many Filipinos.
So it is that Population Control Bill was passed. So it is that contraceptives are presented as a composite big savor. So it is that children are not welcome in the country. So it is that a population count was recently made with the readily expected result that the Filipino people are too many. So it is that more and more pro-population control public officials and private individuals are again tri-media stars. So is it that recently, contraceptive advertisements have again come to fore. So it is that while abortions-in-fact take place, the people charged and paid to prevent and punish abortionist are blind, deaf, and dumb. So it is that the Supreme Court is under enormous pressure from the Executive Department with its contra-population allies, to do away with the TRO on the implementation of the Population Control Bill deliberately misrepresented by the government as “Responsible Parenthood Bill,” although it is formally and clearly against parenthood and responsibility.
Woe to all those—public officials, physicians, nurses, and private individuals—who are directly or indirectly responsible even but for a simple abortion. You might get big beautiful medals from the administration here and now. But hereafter and beyond…