Friday, November 06, 2009

By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


We hear people say that in politics, there are no permanent friends or enemies. Other say it is a dirty game where morality or conscience does not apply.

Former president Ronald Reagan once called politics as the second oldest profession and bears a likely resemblance to the first, prostitution.

Anyway, no one on this planet can get away from politics because it affects our daily life. Did it not use technology to create the atomic bomb to kill thousands of people in one blow?

Politics in essence is a process to gain power for the strong to rule over the weak. It is an ongoing activity governed by varying determinant factors such as money, group alliances, deception, exploitation, and other dirty tricks necessary in the struggle for power.

In Ancient Roman politics, Cassius made use of forged letters to convince Brutus, a loyal friend and ally of Julius Caesar, to join in the conspiracy to assassinate the Roman Emperor.

In recent American politics, John Dean who was a loyal friend and aide to former president Richard Nixon turned witness against his benefactor for reasons only known to him that led to Nixon’s political demise.

Philippine dictator Marcos fell from power because two of his closest friends and allies turned against him for reasons only known to them.

Now I may say that politics also bears a likely resemblance to an auction: the highest bidder wins.

If money is power, can we say then that love for money is the root of all evils?

How can we get way from politics if money is the god of this world?

Let’s just wait for that time when this world will be ruled by Angels of the Lord from Heaven.



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