Posted by “flax” in a comment on Get Real Post:
“The early step of all dictators is to inflame the majority in common cause against some scapegoat minority..” â€“ Friedrich Hayek
[Cue in theme from the movie Jaws…]
Poor Philippine President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III — crazed by regret and now on a spectacular tililing rampage because he might get a spanking from Uncle Peping Cojuangco for failing to save the family jewels. Whatever the “motives”, “agendas”, or “loyalties” of the justices of the Philippine Supreme Court, at face value they are working within the framework of the law — which is why much of what MalacaÃ±ang’s screaming mob of “columnists” on the Inquirer.net have to say pretty much all fall within one or both of only two categories of fallacious persuasion devices:
(1) appeal to emotion; and,
(2) appeal to popular sentiment.
Herewith are some fine specimens of their quaint rhetoric. Note how even Tarzan would be able to see past the smoke-and-mirror word tricks these bozos play on their largely ignorant readership…
Randy David say…
It is an encouraging sign that the public seems to side with President Aquino, whose shaking voice betrayed not only anger but a certain discomfort at having to tell people to their faces that they ought to be ashamed of themselves.
“Shaking voice” — Noynoy angry; “public seems to side with President Aquino” — Noynoy popular.
Noynoy popular and angry ergo Noynoy right.
Conrado ‘Noynoy is Aragorn’ de Quiros say…
And P-Noy shows us how to deal with Arroyoâ€™s justices: insult them to their faces. They complain that they have been humiliated before the public because of their independent actions? There is nothing independent about their actions. Being berated like truant schoolboys is the least they deserve.
De Quiros say SC Justices Arroyo lackeys. De Quiros say SC Justices not independent.
Ergo, SC Justices not right.
The Inquirer.net Editor say…
But what he said about the Court, the Chief Justice and the majority of Arroyo appointees had to be said. Mr. Aquino was merely articulating the questions, the doubts, the suspicions and the fears of many Filipinos.
It was about time he did it, too, before the Court slides into total disrepute.
Aquino tantrum “had to be said”. Filipinos have “questions”, “doubts”, “suspicions”, and “fears”.
Ergo, SC Justices “deserve” to be lynched.
Dangerous indeed. Thus far, there are no objective bases for any of the arguments MalacaÃ±ang puts forth in this debacle — no, circus.
Unfortunately Filipinos are not known to be the brightest bulbs in the region. And that is why all the wrong arguments win and the National “Debate” remains the same — droll and unintelligent, focused on the trivial or the irrelevant.
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Marahil nga na nakakabagot
Ang mga suliranin ng ‘sang Lipunang
Sa kabiguan lamang nauuwi
Mula munting pakitang-taong ambag
Hangga’t sa mula pusong alay na palag.
Makabuluhang resulta’y di inaasam
Sa mga kilusang kinakamkam
Bagama’t punto ng pag-alsa
Kahit pinuno’y di alam
Basta’t “sugod” ang kanyang damdam.
Ngunit saysay ng sigaw di malaan
Pagka’t kailan ma’y walang nakamit
Na pag-unawa sa pinagmulang prinsipyong
Makabuluhan kung mayroon man.
Sa mga susunod na kabanata
Ng kasaysayan ng bansa
Ang paglitis ng madla
Di magtutugma sa iba
Kundi sa malinaw na pangamba:
Pinoy nga naman talaga,
Parang aso umasta
Matangkad lang kapag naka-upo
Sa tawag ng amo lang tatayo.
[Dedicated to the Filipino “Revolutionary”
by benign0, Lyricist Extraordinaire]
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