Aired on April 16, 2010
Narration by Ptr. RG Foncardas
NO COMPROMISE – IDEALISM AND REALITY
One of the best ways to ensure political maturity in a country is to develop parties that are founded upon platform or ideology. An ideology is simply a way of viewing socio-political reality. It is a strong belief system that drives the decisions we make, the things we stand for, the way we govern. In a healthy political process, ideologies gain popular support through peaceful means like elections. Therefore, we welcome the surfacing today of parties that take a certain political view and ensure that its supporters and candidates abide by it. It is good for parties and their members to declare and stand by their ideals.
Now, more than ever, we need a politics that is principled. A politics that will not readily compromise, for personal gain, with those who represent the exact opposite ideology. But also, we need a politics that holds on to ideals while adapting to changing realities.
What does this kind of politics require? It requires an understanding of the context, of the complexities of our political life and governance. It also requires an attitude of listening to the culture, even learning from other political forces — understanding why they do what they do. It requires knowing what is possible to achieve within the Philippine political culture.
This election, we rejoice to see at least one party with ideals, and people with strong ideological beliefs, taking part in the process. We hope that, like the proverbial mustard seed, they can make a difference, however small, in the way the system runs. At the same time, we hope that this commitment comes with the kind of wisdom from the Spirit that enables those who seek change to discern where ideals and reality can meet.