Saturday, August 16, 2008

A question of timing

The bountiful merits and lofty ideals of the proposal to shift to federalism have been skewed by strong suspicions that this move is really a means to perpetuate political power of overstaying politicians.
However attractive the objectives of federalism are, it is quickly engulfed by a thick cloud of skepticism.
Federalism is widely viewed as the instrument that will dismantle the concentration of power from the central government.
Federalism means people empowerment, in the regions, in the provinces, and in the cities and towns.
However, the shift to a federal form of government would require tinkering of the fundamental law.
Here lies the danger.
Any attempt to change the constitution at this time will largely be likened to a reckless surgery that will not heal a defective organ, but will destroy other well-functioning organs.
One of the basic and fundamental principles in our constitution, which is the imposition of term limits in elective office, is in grave danger of being shattered.
The inherent belief in a democracy is that in the hands of the sovereign literally lie the power to choose those who govern.
Shattering term limits among elective offices goes against this democratic principle.
It is a wicked pathway of maintaining political power.
It must not see the light of day.
We embrace the merits of federalism.
Federalism is a system seen to galvanize peoples’ hopes for a brighter tomorrow
We look forward to seeing it eventually enforced in the future.
But not today.

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