Elections 2007: Why Voting in the Philippines Is Like Playing D&D
To be honest, right now I don’t really feel like voting. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like this.
The first election I voted in was the previous national one, when GMA, FPJ, Roco, Lacson and Bro. Eddie Villanueva and that charlatan Eddie Gil were running. I was so idealistic then, actively campaigning for Bro. Eddie. I was so convinced that he was the kind of man who the country needed.
Of course, that all seemed to go down the drain as GMA’s juggernaut trampled everyone else. *sigh*
That and working for the government seemed to sap my enthusiasm for change in the country. Then again, that’s where they want us, right? The less people that vote, the more chances for the forces of darkness to cheat, and Martin writes about this in his most recent entry.[link]
Really, it’s like dealing with a cabal of evil warlocks and necromancers in D&D: They summon the ghosts of long-dead people and use them to their advantage; they also use their evil magic to clone people and allow them to vote twice, or even vote in several different precints. Then again, unlike D&D, you can’t just walk up to these people and use SMITE EVIL on them to end their nefarious plans. If only that were possible. I would so love to do that.
This brings me to my point: If you can vote, if you’re registered, DO SO. It really doesn’t matter if you abstain; your vote must be counted. You are under no obligation to vote for anyone, but you are under obligation to give your input (read: vote) even if you aren’t supporting anyone. Martin says:
Some people say that having a low voter turn out sends out a strong message. But I say that a high voter turn out with a large number of abstain sends out an even stronger message. It is one thing to say that we don’t care, but it’s an entirely different thing to say that we care too much.
I agree, and what’s more, low vote turnouts are easily manipulated by the forces of darkness, as mentioned earlier. The necromancers start raising the dead and creating evil copies of you (!!!) that vote to put the fiends of the Pit and other insidious entities (who should probably incarcerated on a different plane of existence altogether, preferably one with fire and brimstone) into positions of power and privilege. So please, don’t let the evil warlocks clone you. Vote, even if it’s for Mr. A.B. Stain.