The Irony of a Protest Vote

If democracy totally fails, a new system of government must be born so that our civilization may continuously survive and progress.

Figure 1. "Wait until it gets to this point. Hopefully not."
Photo Credit: Rich Cooper: This is how you can turn your vote into a protest

We live in very difficult times, indeed. The United States of America elected a President who did not even win the popular vote. In Europe, Great Britain's Supreme Court ruled that the country's exit from the European Union needs to undergo a vote in the Parliament. In the Philippines, the Government has launched a massive campaign against illegal drugs that has been met both with applause and criticism.

These events reveal a very glaring global reality--- fatigue, dissatisfaction and impatience across many societies is growing as the world’s democracies continue to age but fail to mature. This tectonic shift in political behavior is a culmination of years/decades of undelivered and unfulfilled promises of democracy. The results strongly manifest a unified protest vote against the inadequacies of democracy.

In the United States, people knew fully well during the 2016 Presidential Campaign that President Donald Trump wanted to build a US-Mexico border wall as part of his immigration policy. In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte made it clear during the 2016 Campaign that he was prepared to sever ties with some countries if they continue to meddle with our political affairs, as some diplomats expressed anger over the President’s controversial joke on the raped Australian missionary at a Davao prison in 1989. Despotic as these leaders’ actions may appear, the electorate generally consented to these policies because the proponents were eventually elected to power.

People’s expectations will not dissipate even as the world’s governments continue to struggle coping with the challenges of development. However, for democracy to develop and mature, a high level of complementation between the people and government is necessary. Otherwise, if democracy totally fails, a new system of government must be born so that our civilization may continuously survive and progress.


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About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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