At this point, I’d like to point out three sober -and sobering- blog entries that deserve wide reading and serious discussion. They all take off, at one point or another, with dissenting opinions toward what I’ve been writing recently.
livingplanet, who argues a third way, neither Leftist nor Rightist, but Community-oriented, is emerging.
big mango believes a much more drawn-out effort is required, and one that doesn’t focus on the President.
baratillo books cinema@cubao is dismayed over how tempers are rising and suggests media’s been fighting the shadow of martial law while the government set about doing what it wanted; he furthers suggests the public doesn’t respond to appeals, because it is thoroughly disillusioned with both Edsas.
Now much as I take the three entries seriously, and concede they have useful and relevant points to make, here’s where I have a problem with the “let’s move on” mentality of others not as serious, or discerning, as the bloggers linked to above (they belong, in a sense, to a different mindset, the “let’s find another way to make things work” mentality).
My problem is that I have heard all these “let’s move on” arguments before; all these “shut up and work” challenges; all the “the ones against her are discredited, power-hungry, selfish” accusations; every single permutation of the “stop messing up our lives, stop shaming our country, stop preaching,” and so forth arguments have been made, fiercely expressed and defended, before. I heard them time and again growing up under Marcos. And the end result, for those ranting “you’re playing into the hands of a Communist-Right conspiracy!” as an argument against opposition, was precisely what they kept insisting was their reason for supporting the “duly-constituted authority”: it strengthened the Communists. Or, as they prefer to be known, the National Democrats. Which means, even as those in opposition experience being a persecuted and scorned minority, another persecuted and scorned minority, the National Democrats, are furious and scornful as well. Except, they’re better organized, and as the Center refuses to budge, they gain strength. Hence their angry triumphalism then, and now. Besides which, they are more committed and organized. I recall that it used to be said that Marcos, for all his reputation for being brilliant, couldn’t have been so smart if, after having enjoyed the support of the people for his dictatorship (“for the economy!” “enough with irresponsibilty!” “end the noise!” “go to work!” “they’re bitter has-beens and we want to secure a good future!”), he became the number one poster boy for Communist recruitment. It seems to me, we are facing a similar situation now. So all it means is, ironically, having to have an attitude very similar to the National Democrats: history will vindicate you; history will bury her.
Addendum: reading the Bunker Chronicles, I’m reminded of another point: if things were settled properly, just imagine how things could be reversed, optimism revived. And I really have to be skeptical that things are getting better. In the past year I’ve seen the same basic expenses increase about 30% (that much more to buy the same amount of groceries, etc., eating out increased by about that much more, too…)
Yesterday, the President presided over a putsch in the Liberal Party. Punzi thinks the Liberals who lost control of the party had it coming. I tend to agree. Last Wednesday morning, I received the following text message:
Bcoz Mar Roxas has no balls, it is time to consider new LP leaders tomorrow: Mike Defensor, LP pres; Miles Roces, exec VP; kim Atienza, VP NCR; Jon Malaya, VP Sectors; Dan Suarez, tres; Eli Quinto, secretary general. Sulong pagbabago, sulong Liberal. Pls. pass —- Kathy S., Kalipi.
I thought it was yet another text joke! Apparently it wasn’t. The next day, the above were the ones precisely inducted into office by the Mayor of Manila with the blessings of a beaming President.
(Full disclosure: as you will see in my CV, I am on friendly terms with some of the LP leadership, and was commissioned to write a brief history of the party for their 60th anniversary; however I am not a member of the LP).
And the Pope has dropped one of his most ancient titles, Patriarch of the West.