ALL OF A SUDDEN, the method of the moronism reveals its purpose.
I think that originally, most of us were assuming that Noynoy Aquino was just stupid. Any casual observer could be forgiven for forming that impression from the manifold evidence of his inability to formulate a coherent platform, speak intelligently on any issue during the campaign, and the amateurish and constant gaffes in the first few weeks of his presidency. His slavish adherence to the simplistic, empty, emotional rhetoric of being the heir of “the icons of democracy” seemed, at first, to just be the intellectual design ceiling of a spoiled, idle mind; good enough, because the spoiled, idle mind in question happens to have the right surname to not have to work any harder than that to sell an undiscerning and sentimental public his defective bill of goods.
It is beginning to appear, however, that there is a more insidious purpose behind the progressive “dumbing down” of the Presidency of the Republic. Consider:
- The President’s insistence on the exclusive use of Tagalog, a language which limits the ability to express philosophical or technical concepts.
- The intelligence-insulting Presidential Website; for a scathingly-appropriate review, read this commentary on Smoke.
- And finally, a directive to resurrect a censorship initiative formulated by his mother that dictates the broadcast content of local radio stations, under threat of fines or revocation of licenses.
The two best ways to crush dissent are to first develop a cult of personality so that the leader and the state become indistinguishable, and then to prevent dissenting thoughts from even being formed by limiting the language tools available to express them.
Sound crazy? A paranoid conspiracy theory? Perhaps, but consider the explanation given by N/A himself as to why he is pushing for the enforcement of EO 255: In almost the same breath as the expected sop to “supporting Filipino artists” (which, if left at that, would be a justifiable-enough reason), Aquino is quoted as saying:
The President promised help to the Filipino artists as he related that OPM has played a big part in his life especially being a bachelor.
He said he enjoys original songs by Alcasid, Velasquez, APO Hiking Society, Noel Cabangon, Jose Mari Chan, and Mitch Valdez since their compositions reflect his moods.
Market forces in the entertainment sector be damned. Anyone who does not have the musical tastes of a middle-aged social misfit is unpatriotic.
Welcome to 1984.