This year’s elections in the US helped shed light on this “real face” of America.
Most Filipinos here equate America with liberty as in, say, libertine characters of Sex and the City. Far from it. The “land of the free” is what results from the orderly dynamic between these two: Liberal values of the Democrats are reined in by the conservatism of the Republicans.
In the Philippines, if you ask a voter what his or her Party affiliation is the response is a blank stare. Voting is based on personalities regardless of Party. There are hundreds and hundreds of Parties as there are personalities, which is comical. Voters have yet to mature in their politics.