GMA?s New Politics of Party ideology.(Opinion &Amp; Editorial)

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POLITICAL parties, including the least dominant ones, are proud of their party ideology and platform. They should be as ideology defines the party's political appeal.

Leaders of each party often try to dispel what others say is the myth that parties do not vary significantly in philosophy and orientation. Most characterize their parties as ideologically distinct.

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And yet when politicians speak about their parties, they talk about the same theme: freedom and social justice and equality and all the philosophical high ground that you read and hear in political platforms during elections.

A party's underlying political principles is, of course, important as it guides voters in making a choice between alternative programs of government.

It becomes more desirable when the party's candidate is not well-known, in which case the voters can make rational choice by the candidate's identification with party's known ideological orientation.

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In more ways, the party's philosophy raises the peerage of the candidates as they are chosen on the basis of their worthiness as the party's anointed leaders.

When they win election, the party principles under which they got their mandate serve as their guiding light in the performance of their duties during their term of office.

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This could well be, at least in part, the idea behind President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's desire to deepen the ideological content of Lakas-NUCD-UMDP as a Christian Democrat political party.

The elections are still two years ahead but she says parties must exist between elections, not only for elections.

"The new politics must be party platform? I want to strengthen the ideological and party component of Lakas which is Christian Democrat party," she declared. …