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wilfrido david
wilfrido david WHERE IN the world can you find a nation's president being shouted at and called a liar during a speech—by a senator at that, merely because he did not agree with what the president was saying? Only in a democracy, where an individual is given the right to even sue his own parents for his being born ugly?

In a town hall meeting, a venue by which to promote health care reforms, one protester carried a poster with Obama's face decorated with a moustache to make him look like Hitler, just because he didn't like the reforms the president was promoting.

One would think that this could not happen in America—the model and the modern seat of democracy as we know and enjoy it. Could it be that too much freedom, in its very existence, could be abused by the very people who should not be deprived of it? Only when freedom is taken away from them will they begin to appreciate it. Basically, and necessarily, freedom is the reason nations go to war for.

Our God-given and basic human rights include freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of choice in almost anything that requires making a decision. In other words, we are free to do anything, good or bad, for better or for worse. We are free to engage in any activity that pleases or sustains us—and that, sad to say, also include crime, major or minor.

America is going to the dogs because of the lack of control of Wall Street shenanigans, and the economic crisis arising therefrom. That, too, because of too much freedom and the abuse of it.

Now is not the time to be in the United States. Misery is found in the farmlands, extending to the major cities, from the slums to Hollywood—from the lowliest to the uppercrust in society, black or white or technicolor—it's all over. Of course, if you just got that much-awaited immigrant visa from the American Embassy, you are free to take your chance. But the scenery is not as bright, and you might find yourself living off your friends' or relatives' charity.

There seems to be a developing unrest under Obama's governance due to too much trust placed in him. His popularity is on the downturn, evident in polls showing his performance rating plunging to a barely tolerable level. He is beginning to be disliked, and lo and behold, hated by the general populace. Perhaps because he tries too hard to please everyone as he tries to meet his self-imposed deadlines, trying to do too much at the same time. He is chewing more than he can swallow and, in the end, getting indigestion. He has too much gas in him, his supporters feel he should turn his rear to the Republicans and let it all go.

The latest being dished out by media is that the people who did not vote for him , who just kept quiet when they realized he had the edge over his opponent, are now gushing over his waning popularity—especially the racists who are emboldened to criticize his every move. Obama is black and nothing can change that. Everyone is free to dislike him or hate him, and they are completely within their rights to do so.

Despite all the freedoms that Americans enjoy, there is the downside of it. Gays are not free to marry their same-sex sweethearts, nor are women free to abort an unwanted pregnancy, nor are old people with terminal diseases, languishing in poor quality of life, allowed to die by choice. (The last demographic is one reason why medical care is becoming unaffordable. America wants to extend life regardless of the expense and administers medical care in this view. We are free to live our lives, but we are not given the option on how to end it.)

But still, I suppose, democracy (and the many freedoms that go with it that work for the common good) is better than any other form of government that we know of. Better than Marcos's Martial Law during his time.

At the end of day, though, we see that freedom is most abused in our very own government—democracy interpreted as freedom to engage in graft and corruption, as if it were a means of livelihood.

Yet we adhere to democracy, or our own (the Pinoy's) version of it that we strive hard to veer to make it serve the common good. Let us enjoy it, not abuse it!

[About the author. Wilfrido David first retired as Computer-Analyst from the Ayala Group of Companies. He immigrated to the US in 1985, worked there for another 25 years in the Medical Field (Medical Lab Tech), until he retired for the second time. Sometime ago, he was involved with FAANM (Filipino-American Association of New Mexico) as correspondent-contributor-writer-editor, publisher—all rolled into one. He says about that stint, "I ran out of energy, patience, and money but kept on with my duties until the next set of association officers were voted in." The earliest writing he did was for his high school paper in Holy Angel University. His present writing derives from the perspective of a Filipino expat in the US who faithfully keeps up with what's happening in the home country, as gleaned from his Filipino channels on DirecTV, aside from CNN and HLN.]

-Posted: 2:56 PM 9/30/09 | More of this author on eK!