It Is Our Fault Why the Marcoses Are Back

My Facebook and Twitter time line seems to have been replaced with statisticians and pseudo-statisticians expounding on the validity of the election returns. These post are interspaced with the rhetoric, ripostes, retort, counter, rejoinder, sally, return, answer, reply, response and counter riposte from Robredorites, Anti-Marcosians and Marcosites. In this battle royal over the VP race two things are important: First, Complete the count and Second, Present solid evidence that will support an allegation. With that said let us then look at the other strong spirit sauntering its ways across the Philippines Internetslovakia which is a casque of wine or rather whine about the voting preferences of other people. It is not uncommon sight in my timeline to see this form of Intellectual and Moral Superiority manifest itself. And the often asked question Why are the Marcoses back?

It is our fault.

Why?

First, Because we never fully and successfully prosecuted Ferdinand Marcos since his exile. We filed cases for damages and recovery of assessors but we were not forceful enough to push it through. We allowed the succeeding governments to be wishy-washy on the cases and in some cases failed to punish them when the Government used the office of Good Government to practice bad government.

Second, Because we failed to stop them from coming back and we failed to force the Government to stop from coming back. We allowed them to run for office. We even allowed them to re-join society. The Shah of Iran, Samoza and Idi Amin once they were ousted never returned. Pakistan’s Musharaff returned and was put under house arrest.

Third, Because we consistently fail to recognise that not all Filipinos hate the Marcoses and we fail to recognise that the Marcoses did good as well as bad things. This is where our belief in our own Moral and Intellectual Superiority tragically comes to play. We only see the world in black and white not as it really is.

Fourth, Because we allowed corruption and incompetence to grow. Those who were part of 1986 were betrayed with the return of political elite – a mixture of Marcos’ New Society and Pre-Marcos politicians. We put our trust in leaders who we taught were wise, intelligent, jovial, competent and saints but in truth they were like us humans, prone to do good things and bad. Our belief in our own self-percieved intellectual and moral superiority prevailed.

Fifth, Because we failed to demand for a good government. A good government here is a government that fulfil in its social contract to its citizen – which is to make sure that each citizen is safe from harm, cared for when ill, is provided with adequate basic services and has adequate support to do business.Through our own belief in our Intellectual and Moral superiority we allowed the succeeding governments tp be whimsical, arrogant and incompetent.

Sixth, Because we believed in our own Intellectual and Moral Superiority. We fail to understand how the other Filipino thinks. We fail to empathise with other Filipinos. We insist on our own view and fail to listen to their. We like to sermon and not converse. We stereotype and are intolerant of others.

Seventh, Because we trust too much our leaders and we leave most work them. We must learn to be of critical help to the government. The best measure against the return of the Marcoses is not only through education, propaganda and elections but a competent government that truly and faithfully fulfils its social contract to its citizens – provide a safe, healthy, equitable and free environment where a hardworking citizens can achieve their goals. Consider this and view this in the light of the VP race, whoever wins will only win by the skin of their teeth.

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The Importance of a Social Gadfly or In Praise of Social Gadflies

Was Socrates after drinking hemlock pondering his life? Was there any regrets? Did he regret being a gadfly? Probably not and we will likely never know since he did not write it down. It was his student Plato who did and according to Plato, Socrates never regret to be a gadfly. for a gadfly is an essential part of society and the state.

The role of the Gadfly can be best explains if one where to view the State and Society as a beast of burden a cow moving so slowly and from time to time commits a mistake of doing something or nothing. An important of the Gadfly was to buzz around the ears of the State and Society to make make it take action.

I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long …arousing and persuading and reproaching ? Plato, Apology

This role is a vital one in State and Society. As the author of Dune Frank said he thought that Richard Nixon was best president the US had because Nixon taught the Americans not to trust government. Nixon also known as Tricky Dick resigned the Presidency under a cloud pf mistrust and scorn because of his attempt to cover up his involvement in the bugging of the Democraric Party at the Watergate Hotel. Dune and Dune Messiah are science fiction novels that tells the rise of Paul Atreides as Emperor of the known Galaxy The Dune series is a story that interweaves politics, science fiction fantasy and ecology, And our leaders, even good leaders are hut human and like all humans commit mistakes.

This humanity, the humanity of the State and Society means that the State and Society is not perfect and there is a need to tell the State and Society when it is about to or it did commit a mistake – in order to avoid the mistake and in the later reprimand.

The role of Gadfly is constant and ubiquitous: The Gadfly should always be there otherwise sooner or later a mistake will happen with dire consequences.

Gadflies comes in many shapes and forms. There are gadflies who are bombastic and those that are cryptic. Also can be very angry, snarky, melancholic, phlegmatic and sanguine. Others are funny and some well are not. Regardless though each fulfil a purpose a whether State and Society likes it or not.

The nightly and the proud will hate them and even try to swat them and even extinguish them but without them the State and Society will be a kingdom of the blind being led by the blind.

The highest function of ecology is understanding consequences- Frank Herbert, Dune

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Karaoke: Ang Kaibigan Kong Dilaw

Ang Kaibigan Kong DILAW
Song to the tune of Ang Boyfriend Kong Baduy by Cinderella

Ang aking Kaibigan
Mahilig sa twitter
Lagi sa twitter
Lahat ng Sabado
And when the kids go tweeting na
Lagi pa siyang nauuna
At ang tweet pala niya
Ay paliging #RORO

‘Yan ang Kaibigan ko
Di ko ma-take ang gusto
Siya ay “in” na “in”
Ngunit “out” pa rin
Ang Kaibigan kong DILAW, DILAW

Ang aking Kaibigan
Ang groovy magdamit
At kung sa porma
Mahirap lamangan
But when we go out malling na
Kulay ng polo niya’y yellow
Dilao ang sapatos niya
Kulay lutong mais ang medyas

‘Yan ang Kaibigan ko
Di ko ma-take ang gusto
Siya ay “in” na “in”
Ngunit “out” pa rin

Ang Kaibigan kong DILAW, DILAW
Ang Kaibigan kong
DILAW, DILAW

Siya ay “in” na “in”
Ngunit “out” pa rin
Ang Kaibigan kong DILAW, DILAW

‘Yan ang Kaibigan ko
Di ko ma-take ang gusto
Siya ay “in” na “in”
Ngunit “out” pa rin

Ang Kaibigan kong
DILAW, DILAW
Ang Kaibigan kong DILAW, DILAW

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