Stickitodamaneosis \m/@@\m/

“Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.” – Bertolt Brecht

Some say he won’t win because he doesn’t have the numbers needed to get him a seat in the senate; that his effort to secure votes from north to south (and beyond) have failed because he was unable to secure the massive funding needed to conduct an effective nationwide campaign.

Others say he doesn’t deserve to win because he’ll just be a useless voice in the senate; that he will only be a minority within the minority; that the smart thing to do would be to vote for someone else who would have a better chance at making a more significant impact as a senator.

Then, there are also those who keep telling us that he shouldn’t be allowed to win because he’s a rabble-rousing, godless communist; that a vote for him would be a vote against the very democracy that the Filipino people have fought so hard to win back from the Marcos dictatorship and have fought even harder to preserve to this very day.

Amidst all the quaint demagoguery, Teddy Casiño has done a stellar job of defending himself and sharing his vision for the country in all of the forums, talk shows and various interviews he’s participated in Teddy Casino Poster 3throughout the entire campaign period. His track record, his intellect, his wit, his sincerity and his eloquence have more than adequately debunked all claims on why he shouldn’t and why he doesn’t deserve to win. As it stands, the only assertion left to refute with finality is the one that claims he can’t win the numbers game. The following, however, indicate otherwise:

  • tallies from various news polls showing that he can;
  • the senate employees’ mock election results saying that he can;
  • the final tally from 7-11’s more than 1 million “unscientifically chosen respondents” saying that he can;
  • millions of votes coming from the combined electoral clout of NINE progressive partylists saying that he can;
  • the outpouring of pledges from a disgruntled OFW community saying that he can;
  • massive online support from concerned netizens and various cyber-communities saying that he can;
  • the voices of millions of marginalized, disenfranchised, disadvantaged, oppressed common Filipino citizens who have given their (unfortunately, non-newsworthy) support for Teddy throughout the campaign period – all ready to show us how Teddy can and Teddy will.

Teddy Casiño will be a fresh face in the senate and his will be a game-changing presence for Philippine politics. Still, he’s no new breed of political animal. Many other like-minded people before him have espoused the same “radical” ideas, but the system has always been quite effective in keeping people’s minds in check by conditioning the same to hate, ignore, laugh at, and/or fear the kinds of ideas that people like Teddy bring into play; by conditioning us to believe that the best path towards achieving meaningful changes is to keep on voting for the same people who actually prevent any meaningful changes from truly happening.

So, will Teddy Casiño be a threat? YES, he will, but only to the interests of the privileged few who continue to feed off of the system –those SAME NAMES, SAME FACES, those SAME PERSONALITIES who keep subjecting us to the SAME IDEAS and the SAME PROMISES that serve only to worsen and perpetuate the SAME PROBLEMS. He will be a threat to the TRADITIONAL POLITICIANS – those men and women who continue to secure obscenely bright futures for themselves by perpetuating the conditions that continue to keep millions of common Filipinos miserable, desperate, and uninspired.

Stickitodamaneosis. Tomorrow, I vote for Casiño. \m/@@\m/

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“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.” 

– Bertolt Brecht

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Image credits: https://www.facebook.com/followteddycasino/photos_stream
Special mention: salamat kay Roselle for sharing the Brecht quote on FB (2nd one I used here!) 🙂

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