The Weakness of Democracy

The Weakness of Democracy
By Apolinario Villalobos

Democracy supposedly, safeguards the rights of citizens, but it also gives them an opportunity to look for loopholes in its system to be used as tools for exploitation and oppression.

Democracy is hypocrisy. The principle purports to uphold freedom, but the same freedom is also given to those who have the penchant to oppress and exploit others. The system merely encourages the squabble among the citizens…with the strong having the obvious better chance to survive.

Corruption and injustice are the unspoken essence of democracy. They are the alibis that whitewash its real image. Leaders are supposedly chosen freely by citizens through election. Their having been chosen has practically become their “legal authority” to manipulate those who chose them by coming up with self-serving laws.

Democracy is not an ideal foundation for a better life. It can crumble because of abuse by the opportunist. In other words, democracy does not guarantee a blissful life for the weak.

2 thoughts on “The Weakness of Democracy

  1. You say DEMOCRACY IS NOT AN IDEAL FOUNDATION FOR A BETTER LIFE.  What a strong, unconditional,  controversial statement!

    What are you suggesting, then?   An autocratic government by a “strongman?”  Didn’t the country experience painful lessons under Marcos?  Wasn’t corruption more expensive and deep-seated, athough practiced by less people (his cronies)?

    Your current blog disappoints.  As a “conscience of society,” you must present viable alternatives when you suggest getting rid of systems.

    Loopholes are not part of democracy; they are created by practitioners for their own ends.

    Freedom is a concept akin to liberty; acts of exploitation are committed by (strong, determined) individuals,  not by the system… If the oppressed sectors of society harnessed the strength of will to object, to vote for well-meaning leaders, to do their parts in the practice of democracy (such as refraining to bribe, etc) the powers of exploiters can be minimized.

    Your last statement, DEMOCRACY DOES NOT GUARANTEE A BLISSFUL LIFE FOR THE WEAK, falls in the face of a need for citizens of strong character … strong enough inside their hearts and minds to obey rules of law, strong enough to object to unjust laws, strong enough to fight for the placement of leaders with conscience, strong enough to voice what they want from government, and so on.

    From my Android phone on T-Mobile. The first nationwide 4G network.

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    • Hi, Perl….

      My blog re “Democracy…” is some kind of a conclusion, after a series of blogs on corruption. Unfortunately, it has no “accompanying” background or basis. I presumed that with so many blogs that I made about corruption that touched on the metamorphosis of the “new” Philippines after the Martial Law that started under Cory Aquino up to the present, showing that corruption has just worsened, I presumed that viewers will recall my past blogs as basis for my latest on democracy. The past blogs showed that the administrations of Aquino, Ramos, Estrada, Arroyo, and now, another Aquino, Pnoy…are oblivious to the unscrupulous abuse of democracy.

      Based on the past “corruption blogs”, my latest on democracy implied that it has been grossly abused, that’s all I wanted to say. The Senate and Congress where lawmakers can be found, proved to be questionable in their democratic character, even the executive and judiciary branches, and still, even the police, because of unchecked corruption. The blog is a hanging conclusion which means that, if somebody can do something to remedy the situation, such opinion will be changed. Still unfortunately, I did not mention the Philippines in the blog because what was in my mind were the Filipino fb viewers. So I am thinking now that foreigners will definitely think that I am a communist after viewing it in wordpress, blogspot, twitter and Tumbler. I am grateful to you because I came to realize such oversight. My plan was actually to just post it only on my fb and not on the rest of my sites, but “automatically”, without much thought, I opened the said sites and uploaded the blog as some kind of my routine act. I will be forced to make a rejoinder to that blog, again, thanks to you for patiently checking my materials.

      My problem in blogging is that if I shorten the material, it hangs in mid-air just like what happened to “Democracy….”. If I make the material thorough, making it long, just like what I did to “Ang Mga Pagkakamali ni Binay” and others, some viewers complain which I understand because I found out that many of them use smartphone only. If I really make my presentations concise, I might end up with enumerated bullet statements. Some viewers outside my loop, are even requesting for Pilipino and English translations, to which I comply. They are those who are able to view my blogs as shared/pasted on sites of other viewers. I receive their requests via email.

      Here’s my sequence of action every time I open the computer: I check the email page first, because that is where your messages come in and act on them, while leaving the rest of messages which every day total almost 300, but go back to them shortly, later on; then I upload my blogs on fb, wordpress, blogspot and Tumbler. It is a good thing that whatever I blog on wordpress also gets published on twitter and fb. But still, I have to do a separate upload on fb for the convenience of viewers who have no time to open my wordpress, blogspot, or Tumbler sites. All these take 3 to 4 hours to do, giving me no time to browse the internet. I check the fb of friends for my update only three times a week during which I spend a longer time with my laptop.

      Another big problem is the signal that is intermittently cut off, even for as long as about an hour. I just use a USB broadband for which I buy load of fifty pesos per use, and sometimes, I go to my neighbor who has a WIFI. I did not get a monthly post-plan as I find it costly and impractical, not suitable for a struggling blogger like me. The signal problem forces me to faithfully follow the sequence I mentioned which necessitates uploading first, so that in case the signal gets worse, or will not reconnect, my viewers can already have something to read. The rest of my time, I use doing random acts of you-already-know-what out in the field.

      Rest assured that next time I will be more careful and not get confused because of the many sites that I use. I consider your comments on my blogs valuable. With this is my assurance still, that I hate communism to its very essence.

      God bless you!…the same wish goes to the rest of the patient viewers, who read this share.

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