Filipinos everywhere are now rising to a call that befits a true society of the 21st Century! Rather than flock towards the comfy and brain-atrophying forces of primitivism (heroes, bread, and circuses), we are now taking the road-less-traveled with the sort of courage and conviction that breeds truly great nations.
With ninety days to go still, erstwhile presidentiable choice of the star-struck Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s long on-going slow-but-sure sink at the polls reaches a psychological milestone as a leading rival begins to overtake his lead. Regardless of who becomes president (as if whoever is president makes much of a difference in a society where dysfunction is pretty much ingrained at its very fabric) the last vestiges of the kind of ocho-ocho politics that are sad relics of the utterly wasted 1986 “revolution” that made one-time “heroes” of fishball-chomping street parliamentarians is finally being laid to rest.
Out of the ashes of that euphoric but addictive political drug that painted the colour yellow over much of the last fifth of 20th Century Philippine history, comes true evidence of hope that Filipinos are finally moving on from the bankruptcy that their intellect had suffered from decades of hollow-headed demagoguery in the hands of their neuron-killing traditional political “experts”. Indeed, when one sinks to the pathetic low of likening Noynoy Aquino to U.S. President Barack Obama, the real outrage becomes more about the prospect of the ordinary Filipino blog reader continuing to lap up such obviously moronic “insights”.
But in order to move on from those sad — but hopefully temporary — blights in the Filipino’s collective intellect that I have made my personal mission to string up across cyberspace for the global community to gawk at, we need to fill a philosophical void in the already barren landscape of Pinoy thought, one that was so well expressed by esteemed blogger Reyna Elena in the following excerpt from his lament over the spiralling fortunes of Noynoy Aquino:
You see, CHANGE will not happen if people don’t want to change! I guess in their minds, nothing is broken.
He implies, of course, that Noynoy Aquino stands for “change” and his closest rival stands for the status quo — an assertion that, regardless of who this “rival” is, in reality, lacks any solid basis. The fact of the matter is, these surprises we are seeing in the survey numbers (reflecting a characteristic volatility in Filipino’s tastes for their politicians) point to the vacuousness of much of what underpins any of these candidates’ campaigns. Filipino voters get sold on the personality rather than on any kind of palpable change that said candidate pitches or, worse, on meaningless political goals rather than on any true personal principles they harbour.
[What follows over the next several paragraphs is based on a comment I posted on that blog article]
People do not “want” to “change” because those candidates who make a pitch for the highest office in the land fail to provide a clear roadmap for change. They do not articulate in categorical terms how they envision the Philippines of 2016, nor do they take strong positions on relevant issues that impact or enhance our ability to change to begin with.
How then does one even begin to expect Filipinos’ lazy arses to move in the right direction when no such direction is even discussed or debated to begin with.
It is indeed quite simple folks:
Filipinos deserve their government.
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Filipino leaders reflect the character of their constituents.
There is no infinite regress in blame to step back to here. Ultimately three fingers point back to the average Pinoy schmoe whenever they presume to judge their leaders with their pretensious “morality”. Burying the so-Twentieth-Century brand equity of bozo politicians like Noynoy Aquino is but a first step in the long road to true enlightenment in our society. But it is a first step we have not seen in the more than half a century since these famous words were spoken:
I would rather have a Philippines run like hell by Filipinos than a Philippines run like heaven by the Americans.