Political Opposition

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Political Opposition


NO doubt, it matters much that a responsible political opposition should formulate and clarify alternative policy positions and inform the people to simplify meaningful choices when their support is needed.

I mean responsible political opposition that forms part of a strong political system.

The problem with the opposition today is that it is so woefully out of touch with popular opinions that its position on issues, often enough, fails to win widespread support from the masses.

In the first place, as is obvious, it does not have coherent political platform on which to base its leaders' actions.

It has been observed that the opposition merely reacts - and precipitously - devoid whatsoever of any hint of the kind of statesmanship that makes opposition leaders great.

What it thrives on are cheap denunciations and sterile diatribes that make its members look and sound like villains in the incoherent drama they create.

So it's really pathetic.

Sometimes they ride on issues raised by some disgruntled groups but it cheapens them more in the eyes of the thinking public.

Even the leftists among the politicians who likewise abhor the government are careful not to identify with them.

Where are the Salongas, Tolentinos, Pelaezes, Padillas, Rodrigos, the Osmenas, Tanadas, Guanzons, the Laurels, among others of those golden eras of past Congresses?

Probably the reason for this malaise is the absence of enduring party system that Sen. Edgardo Angara, chairman of the opposition Laban ng Demokratikong Pilipino, said was responsible for the stunted development of democracy in the country which in turn restrains foreign investments and hinders national progress. …

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