August 19, 2016

The secret to change

Today we are going to the polls to elect our representatives and invest in them the responsibility to form the administrative body that will manage the country’s resources for national growth. It is therefore safe to conclude that voting in an election is a way of expressing to each other and to ourselves that we are dutiful citizens. In other words, we are exercising our constitutional right to choose a government that will respect those rights and live up to expectations of the people.
What matters most in a democracy is a healthy system of checks and balances in the executive, legislative and judiciary branches. This highlights that public voices are crucial to the success of democracy. Despite this, most people at the grass-roots level are still reluctant to take an interest in politics as a direct consequence of having experienced painful days, hardships and disappointments.
It is encouraging to witness more and more people, young and old alike, become more politically involved and more enthusiastic. However, there is no such thing as getting something for nothing.
In addition, we should all be aware of the fact that fear won’t get us anywhere. In a broader sense we must sustain our political engagement and our enthusiasm for the simple fact that losing our passion and allowing our interest to wane leaves us vulnerable. We can’t allow ourselves to be fooled twice.
It is imperative that we keep a watchful eye on unscrupulous representatives and make sure that we don’t send them to parliament again. After all, the secret to change is to build things anew.


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