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Gloria’s Police State and the Stupid Filipino People

February 10, 2008

ARE we really stupid… or simply ignorant? Will the Filipino people buy those stupid alibis of the Arroyo administration? If that’s the case, when right now becomes wrong and when rights no longer exist in this woeful land, isn’t it better that we start cutting each other’s throat (Atlas Shrugged)?

History can be very helpful in understanding the present and in anticipating the future. Of course it is possible that there are some inaccuracies and exagerations imbedded in our history books because “history is written by the victors” and by those “who hanged heroes”.

But we must accept the fact that there are some unwritten accounts in history— like those spread by word of mouth, folktales and those expressly forbidden to be propagated by some people in power.

Why I’m saying this? I’m saying this because many people these days usually demand concrete evidence and clear explanation whenever they hear damaging things about their government. Whenever they see and hear “conspiracy theories” damaging to their government.

I’m saying this just because some people were made stupid. They’re either programmed not to think or they’ve let their government think for them.

Most people believe that their government will never commit things that will harm its people and that it will never sacrifice a great number of its subjects for the “common good.”

Every state is created for the common good. Aristotle said that a state is created so that the “people may live well.” The founding fathers of America created a would-be superpower nation that will protect individual rights and every individual’s pursuit of happiness.

After the fall of late strongman Ferdinand Marcos from power in 1986, the Philippine’s new constitution created a republican state where all powers emanate from its people.

The essence of government, therefore, lies in the happiness of its subjects, because it is better not to have a duly organized government run by evil men if it results in the disregard of individual rights. There are laws whose purpose is to protect the inalienable rights of the people, but it must be understood, and understood very well, that since there are also evil men eating at the core of our society, there are also rogue laws enacted by men of evil intent whose goal is to take away those rights from the unsuspecting people.

Throughout history there were men of evil intent who ruled this nation. They came to power either by deception or by means of force, wit and favor. Marcos became president in the ’60s through the help of some likeminded politicians and by deceiving his enemies and the people. Many of his political detractors never thought that the dramatic ascent of Marcos, who formed the Kilusan ng Bagong Lipunan (KBL), his party that served as his smokescreen and strong source of political clout, was the beginning of the end of the then two-party system.

The dictator came to power with the promise of change, as he vowed to work for the establishment of a “New Society”. Like Adolf Hitler of Germany, Marcos used the gospel of “change” and “common good” to deceive the people.

Ayn Rand, Russian-born American philosopher, once wrote in 1944— the year when the world was ruled by men of evil purpose— that “[t]hroughout history, no tyrant ever rose to power except on the claim of representing “the common good.”

Today, politicians have become keener on siezing and/or preserving power. Many world leaders now rule like olden Rome’s Caesar without the consent of their senate.

As U.S. President George Bush aptly said: “It’s easy to be a dictator.” Most people from the so-called democratic states are not aware they’re being governed by tyrants.

In the past, the United States invaded third world countries on the arrogant claim that it has the God-given obligation to spread democracy. George Bush Jr. vowed to continue with that goal because it “is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.”

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has her own way of resonating America’s sanctimonious foreign policy. How many times did President Arroyo insist there’s democracy in the country? What did she say whe she issued her fascistic edicts like the Presidential Proclamation 1017 that put the entire country under state of emergency and the Executive Order 464, which gagged her men from testifying in the senate? She always mentioned the words democracy and rule of law.

That is expected of a tyrant. There is no doubt that Mrs. Arroyo is subscribing to totalitarianism because of her blatant use of police power and propaganda and mass surveilance and widespread use of terror tactics.

Totalitarianism is defined by the wikipedia as “state regulation of nearly every aspect of public and private behavior.”

The latest abduction of the star witness of ZTE Deal Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada showed the ugly head of the totalitarian regime of Mrs. Arroyo. Arroyo and her loyal men can always claim the existence of democracy in the country– that they are serious in protecting the rule of law– but the circumstances sorounding Lozada’s 24-hour disappearance proves what kind of government we have.

PNP Chief Avelino Razon insisted that Lozada’s family sought protection despite the fact that Jun Lozada’s wife and brothers filed petitions for writ of habeas corpus and writ of amparo with the Supreme Court hours before the appearance of the witness in La Salle Greenhills in San Juan.

Arroyo’s men namely, DENR Sec. Lito Atienza, Mike Defensor, DOJ Sec. Raul Gonzales, and legal counsel Sergio Apostol, were one in denouncing and discrediting Lozada after the latter refused to staged a conference of lies on the eve of February 6 (Wednesday) and decided to “tell the truth” to the Filipino people.

Despite the obvious abduction or kidnapping of Lozada in NAIA, Gloria Arroyo’s men still has the face to claim that they were just trying to protect the ZTE witness who was out to implicate the president’s husband Mike Arroyo in the deal tainted by multi-million dollar kickback and bribery.

The government, through the use of public money, is trying its best to create a “necessary illusion” that this country is still being run by a democratic administration that respects the rule of law.

A police state exists under the current administration. The government of Arroyo also allegedly used surveilance apparatuses, a clear violation of anti-wiretapping law and a clear manifestation of its insecurity.

No, I disagree with the government’s claim that what they’re doing is democratic and within the perimeters of the rule of law. Under the Arroyo regime, the rule of law is what it says. What I see is that this country dramatically moves away from democracy and goes through the path of tyranny.

As what Rand said, its “best ally is not the devotion of its followers but the confusion of its enemies.”

Gloria and her men are out to confuse us about the true state of the nation. Lozada also revealed the Malacañang’s plan to use or bribe the media; that some people there are thankful whenever there’s crisis because that means more budget for the media.

Yes, many are confused whether we still live in a democratic state. Many still believe that their government will not harm them. But we must remember that if a state is ruled by men of evil intent, evil deeds are most expected. Don’t be fooled by these men who are desperately out to maintain their tight grip on power.

The evil men in power will do everything they can— even to the point of sacrificing the precious lives of their people— just to maintain their grip on power or to realize their evil purpose.

As long as we’re fooled into believing that this government only seeks the “common good” and the best interest of its own people, then the evil men in power will be happy and safe to continue with their evil goal— and that is power and more power. As long as the people are confused, Gloria and her men are safe in Malacañang. Their power, therefore, lies in the continued and sustained ignorance and confusion of the people.

Ayn Rand said: “No tyrant has ever lasted long by force of arms alone. Men have been enslaved primarily by spiritual weapons. And the greatest of these is the collectivist doctrine that the supremacy of the state over the individual constitutes the common good. No dictator could rise if men held as a sacred faith the conviction that they have inalienable rights of which they cannot be deprived for any cause whatsoever, by any man whatsoever, neither by evildoer nor supposed benefactor.”

 

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 13, 2008 3:38

    You read me wrong. I’m not advocating for revolution. I myself denounce communism because it’s one of the worst philosophies ever invented in the past century. We only have to be keen enough on understanding the events that unfold before our eyes. I’m more an objectivist, which advocates for individualism. If we’re to live on earth, we must live as man, as man of rational mind.
    The people are conufused because of the different kinds of personalities who claim they are for “democracy” and the “common good.” We are taught, unconsciously or consciously, to believe that democracy is the same as socialism, where everybody must be free to do what he wants.
    Every individual better exists in a country that respects his individual rights, permits him to hone his potentials, to use his innate talents and to interact with his fellow individuals as man who belong on earth, and encourages him to improve his economic status in life through free trade and free competition.
    This kind of state allows men to live as man while totalitarian states make man the slave of “men”.
    That is the confusion I’m talking about… Whenever you hear a person who says so-called “negative things” about his government, you are very quick to make a judgment that that person is “communist” or a member of the left ideology. That is the mental program being done by those in power, which seeks to sort out men via “binary opposition”, that if you criticize those men in power, you are a “communist” or “an enemy of the state.” But if you blindly follow the government and keep a blind eye on its excesses and abuses, you are called “pro-democratic”, “pro-people” and worthy to be called “hero of the state.”
    Think… That’s why you have the mind. Use it, because that’s the only weapon you can use in a state run by wicked and evil men.
    Good Day!

  2. February 14, 2008 3:38

    You read me wrong. I’m not advocating for revolution. I myself denounce communism because it’s one of the worst philosophies ever invented in the past history. We only have to be keen enough on understanding the events that unfold before our eyes. I’m more an objectivist, which advocates for individualism. If we’re to live on earth, we must live as man.
    The people are conufused because of the many kinds of personalities that claim they are for “democracy” and the “common good.” We are taught, unconsciously or consciously, that democracy is the same as socialism, where everybody must be free to do what he wants.
    An individual better exists in a country that respects his individual rights, permits him to hone his potentials, to use his innate talents and to interact with his fellow individuals as man who belong on earth, and encourages him to improve his economic status in life through free trade and free competition.
    This kind of state allows men to live as man while totalitarian states make man the slave of “men”.
    That is the confusion I’m talking about… Whenever you hear a person who talks something negative about his government, you are very quick to lay down a judgment that that person is a “communist” or members of the left ideology. That is the mental program being done by those in power, which seeks to sort out men via “binary opposition”, that if you criticize those men in power, you are a “communist” or “an enemy of the state.” But if you blindly follow the government and keep a blind eye on its excesses and abuses, you are called “pro-democratic”, “pro-people” worthy to be called “heroe of the state.”
    Think… That’s why you have the mind. Use it, because that’s the only weapon you can use in a state run by wicked and evil men.
    Good Day!

  3. Alex Buenafe permalink
    September 15, 2008 3:38

    Very interesting post. But now after the fact, it turns out Mr. Lozada’s story was a concoction. I was in the Philippines in February (enjoying the country-life, people just great), I came to know of Mr. Lozada’s plight on tv. However, right off the bat, I thought there was something fishy about his abduction and story. I was waiting for any hard substance, documentation etc to all this drama but nothing was produced. Just a lot of innuendoes, he says/she says. The unfortunate thing is that many Filipinos were caught unwittingly in a web of conspiracies.

    In regard to this NBN deal, it is common practice for donor (or even lending) countries to require that the project be given to their nationals (China in this case chose ZTE), even source their supplies through their nationals. There was no way that a Filipino consortium or company can compete with that, only as a sub contractor/supplier if selected by that company. Yes, there is corruption even in the aid or foreign lending business. I’m not sure if GMA could have dictated or demanded the terms of that agreement, after all, the implementation agency had been pre-selected. It works the same for the private sector (I had been in the hotel industry) where banks can dictate which hotel company or management company to choose if they decided to approve a loan. I’m glad this issue was resolved peacefully.

    As for other personalities, Mr. Joma Sison, should have exiled himself in Cuba, because Fidel Castro had been the only true communist left in the world. Not the Netherlands, where he enjoyed the largesse of a capitalist nation with generous benefits courtesy of taxes from a capitalist society.

  4. September 16, 2008 3:38

    You’re right about that. The ZTE deal is the clear manifestation that free trade and free and open competition is now a things of the past in these parts. How can you compete under a system or corruption and bribery?
    There is a very thin line of difference between Joma and Gloria. Both of them are the main propagators of collectivism in these parts.
    As for Joma, he and his ilk are so conscious about human rights and freedoms, but they spread the gospel of collectivism, which is Marxism or communism. I see a very clear and dangerous contradiction there.
    As for Gloria, she and her ilk have been shrieking that democracy is very intact and strong in this country, but just look at how justice and the rule of rule are mangled by people under her control, particularly DOJ Sec. Raul Gonzales. I see a clear and dangerous contradiction there, too.
    Really, this Banana Republic is now going to the dogs like what one of my honest professors said.

  5. Alex Buenafe permalink
    September 16, 2008 3:38

    The free trade and global concept is definitely not an equal, level playing field; not a win-win situation; the real winners are the international capitalists whose loyalty is only to themselves. (History repeats itself like a broken record.) The current conflict in Middle East and the collapse of the financial markets (New York and London as of yesterday), basically proved your point. The Philippines will be less infected by this for a number of reasons mainly, it hasn’t even been a minor player in the global financial markets, a traditional steady stream of individual not institutional inflows; and a strong underground economy.

    In Canada where I live: 80% of our economy is owned/controlled by the US; 80% of tourism; maybe one province (Alberta with its oil and tarsands) probably now belongs to Texas; land mass,just a few sq km smaller than Russia; weather is extreme; our population is only 1/10th of the US; personal income tax rates higher than the US; a nightmare of multi layered government regulations; manufacturing, nearly gone due to the North American free trade. I have worked in a few places here and there (Eastern Europe after the fall, as far as central Russia; even China), the Philippines has more of the necessary ingredients than many of these countries. But there is a heavy duty bullet proof glass ceiling sat on by the political/business/academic/5% of the population elite in the Philippines, that needs to be shattered. The “poor me” attitude doesn’t quite cut with me. What’s the story about the little engine that could?

  6. Ayn permalink
    February 4, 2009 3:38

    apparently the Filipino people are stupid – you listed Atlas Shrugged at the end of a quote that never appeared in Atlas Shrugged.

  7. February 4, 2009 3:38

    “They” are stupid. It seems you did not read that book. I paraphrased it. My mistake for italizing the words. It was Dagny’s words.

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