Richard Holbrooke’s Note to the Readers of his book, “To End A War” is a wise counsel to young politicians – it may as well serve as a valuable advice to young Filipino politicians. With the pragmatism of old politicians and their corrupt ways, Rizal could still be relevant in his hope that the youth is our future.
“Today, public service has lost much of the aura that it had when John F. Kennedy asked us what we could o four our country. To hear that phrase before it became a cliché’ was electrifying and led any in my generation to enter public service for me it was the Foreign Service, which I joined right after graduating from college. Less than a year later I found myself in Saigon. It seems like yesterday, but this was almost thirty-six years ago. I do not wish to suggest that in some distant “golden age” all was altruism and that today idealism is dead. Such easy myths may satisfy, but they are not true; every era has both heroes and scandals. But in an age when the media pays more attention to personalities than to issues, Americans may conclude that public service is either just another job, or a game played for personal advancement.
The public sector contains countless men and women who, whether liberal or conservative, still believe in hard work, high ethical standards, and patriotism. This book is dedicated to three of them. As this story demonstrates, public service can make a difference. If this book helps stimulate few young Americans to enter the government or other forms of public service, it will have achieved one of its goals.”
There is a good counsel — full of yearnings for young blood to enter the government to make a difference. We cannot rely in our old politicians who have mortgaged the future of our motherland; polluted the environment with their putrefied carcass, traded their souls for earthly fortunes and leave future generations in foreign debts to survive scavenging food from the dumpsites. The future of the country is bleak and is even bleaker with VP Binay ahead in the polls and the UNA spokesmen unrelenting in their rubbish pitch to the public!