Why we advocate educated voting

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“Man is by nature a political animal. “-Aristotle, Father of Political Science 

Have you ever heard of the cause and effect relationship? If so, how do you think it works? Is it applicable among all of the things here in the tangible world?

 The Cause and Effect relationship is characterized when something results out of it. It can be a process since things are born out of certain actions. Therefore, everything has a consequence whether it is good or bad. Say for example, if an individual shows disinterest on a certain topic of discourse, he may become unaware and illiterate of the things happening with regards to it. If I were to relate it on a real to life situation, it could be in terms of politics. So before anything else, let us define politics. According to Kendall (1998), politics is a social institution wherein powered is acquired and exercised by the people in a group. Therefore, politics is a mechanism by which individuals develop power as well as understanding when it comes to proper functioning regarding to democracy. Since there is a populace of people involved, we can tell that they have their distinct preferences when it comes to the things that are related to politics most especially in terms of voting their future leaders. It can be said that the sovereignty lies within the people. The simplest form of politics can be seen in a typical Filipino family. For instance, power determines who gets what, when, and how (Laswell, 1936). Thus, the concept of deciding in a family is a manifestation of the functions of politics itself. 

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To establish the connection, people’s inclination and interest tells how they view politics and give importance to it. After all, anything political is based on the fact that people are inherently social. Politics is due to the human interactions in the society. It is because it is characterized by a conflict-cooperation in which people come together to solve such disagreements through binding solution. It is when politicians, leaders, as well as lawmakers enter in the picture. In order to help the nation get through, these people’s presence are needed. In this context, the people serve as the voters which play a vital role that can open doors for improvements. Thus, politics to people isn’t just a “one-size-fits-all.” You can ask people about their preferences about a good leader and they will gladly show you a list. A list that depicts standards. Moreover, in choosing prospects and future leaders, there are things that should be considered. Technically, it automatically tells us about the conditions of the COMELEC but it is more than that. 

Educated voting means ending up choosing the appropriate people to lead. It is not just representing the people but it can also mean standing in the shoulders of the giants when it comes to winning. A win-win situation for the candidate and the people. It is in a way that he/she can address the needs of the people most especially to his/her voters. Hence, the leaders the people choose has the greatest ability to influence so they must be evaluated skeptically. Commonly, educated voting is done is often done by the state but since today’s in a modern era, these can be seen everywhere especially when the election is fast-approaching. There can be promotional advertisements online and in the papers, webinars, and many more. Based on a thorough research, a good leader should possess the ample attributes. Some of these are namely the effective communication skills, empathic, committed, and a whole lot more. First, a leader should possess an effective communication skills because he will face the public oftentimes. It is no surprise at all since leaders should communicate frequently to their people provided that both sides are able to listen to one another. In this way, people will have a broader understanding on the leaders’ vision which makes it a crucial attribute. Next, a good leader should be empathic. He/she should feel for his people. It is manifested through open-mindedness in order to understand the people to arrive in a corresponding solution to the problem. Aside from that, the leader should have the drive to prioritize his/her people all throughout. Lastly, being a leader means sorting out his/her priorities. Leadership comes with great responsibility so the leader should be committed enough to keep the fire burning when it comes to leading. With this, he must be sure of his goals that may lead to the country’s growth and development. 

To relate the flow of ideas, lack of educated voting can be a downfall to the country. Improvements on the people’s way of life won’t foster. They should come to an idea that they can do more only when they are educated when it comes to voting the right people to lead. The public’s disinterest in expressing their political opinions as well as weighing their prospects in some position may result to a poor outcome. Thus, an outcome of the politics is indeed a domino effect in the sense that the oppressed will suffer more and people with privileges won’t even realize it. So to avoid instances like these, people should advocate educated voting. After all, it will be of advantage to the people anyway.

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