The long haul

The long haul begins today, and into the fray enters the so-called “middle forces.” PCIJ thoroughly reports on what this involvement entails, including something called Impeachmentwatch.

In politics, these “middle forces” make for pretty lousy politicians. They are too concerned with agonizing over their decisions to be nimble enough to outfox politicians with experience. But in the long run, they win. They win, because they are great organizers. They understand something the politicians understand as well, which is, the importance of logistics. The difference is, the middle forces count themselves as part of the logistical network, and when push comes to shove, they’re willing to be on the front lines, if necessary.

Beginning today until it happens, I will be ending my first entry of the day with a call from a group of concerned citizens. If you agree with this message, please post it on your blog, or e-mail it to a friend. Citizens for Truth is a non-partisan initiative.

An invitation.
August 20, 2005 at exactly 6:00 pm.

When an ordinary citizen steals, would an “I am sorry” be enough? When an ordinary citizen lies, would an “I am sorry” be enough? When an ordinary citizen cheats, would an “I am sorry” be enough?

Ask yourself: If you are an employee and your employer catches you cheating, lying and stealing — will an “I am sorry” be sufficient or a “lapse of judgment” be accepted? Or would you stand to lose your job?

What is our country coming to if we hold ordinary Filipinos to higher and stricter standards than we hold the highest official of the land?

This is not to say that the President of the Philippines is guilty of all that she is being accused of. It is only to say two different standards of rules – one for the powerful and one for the powerless — cannot exist if ours is to be a truly democratic and pluralistic society.

This is not the country we want. And so perhaps it is time we do something about it.

If you believe, as we do, that it is time for ordinary Filipinos to stand up and be counted in the fight for TRUTH — as well as for Transparency, for Responsibility, for Unity, for Trust and for Hope — then join us in a simple demonstration of our collective sentiments.

On August 20, Saturday, at exactly 6pm, take a few moments to light a candle in demonstration of our collective effort to take this country back from all who have not been true to it and to all of us ordinary citizens – and to be the first step in bringing about the light that will banish the darkness that hovers over our land!

Spread the light. Banish the darkness. August 20, 2005 at exactly 6:00pm.

Transparency. Responsibility. Unity. Trust. Hope.

Manuel L. Quezon III.

9 thoughts on “The long haul

  1. Posted and noted. (Too bad I will be at work on that day. Maybe I’ll find an animated candle picture and post it on that date and time.)

  2. Manolo:

    I’ll be posting it on my friendster’s bulletin. Thanks for this. Definitely, I’ll be lightning candles with my kids.

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