The wasted vote
Two days ago, while riding the FX to work, I heard a radio DJ ask his listeners if they believe in the election surveys and if they are important to them.
I only got to hear 4 responses, but they all said the same thing: the surveys are important to them because it is where they learn about the prevailing public opinion. Whoever the public will vote, they will also because that candidate deserves it.
I sense something twisted in that answer. Parang kopyahan lang sa school.
I told my sister about it last night. She said that even her students think that way (students from our alma mater, the Royal and Pontifical University). She asked them who their candidate was, and they gave a name but then told her that they will not vote for that candidate and instead vote for the one leading in the surveys because they don’t want a contender candidate to win the elections.
They said that if they voted for their bet, who was not ranking high in the surveys, it would have been a wasted vote.
But isn’t your vote more wasted if you do not practice your right to vote for the one whom you think deserves that position more? Isn’t your vote more wasted if you choose the candidate because of popularity and not because of capability? Isn’t your vote more wasted if you let the one who can lead us to progress lose because you were too chicken to shade the oval beside his name, afraid of the so-called public opinion that says your candidate would lag behind by the millions?
If standing by my candidate, whom I have chosen because of his leadership capability and no-nonsense attitude, means wasting my vote, then so be it. I’d rather risk it than see my country in deeper sh!t than it already is.