State Of The Mentality Of The Nation

Promises made in the heat of night
Creepin’ home before it got too light
I wasted all that precious time
Quietly now while I turn a page
Act one is over without costume change
The principal would like to leave the stage
The crowd don’t understand

Rod Stewart “I Was Only Joking”

Children-close-their-ears-to-advice-but-open-their-eyes-to-example

Just like last year, the 2014 State of the Nation address was the go signal for women to play dress up. Which metaphorically speaking is what the SONA address really is. A chance to dress up the year that was. The stock market term window dressing used to imply making things look better from the outside regardless of what they are like in the inside. The SONA may not change what really happened in the country since July 2013 but it is like a massage as Bob Safford once said. It might feel good while you are getting it but it does not fundamentally change anything.

 

When you see all this do the concepts of transparency, credibility, competency and integrity come to mind?
When you see all this do the concepts of transparency, credibility, competency and integrity come to mind?

My GRP colleague Ben Kritz said that it is impossible to be agenda free. Anyone who says they are pursuing the objective truth at all times regardless of whom it might affect is lying. Well the solution to that is to recognize the agenda right away and then filter accordingly. To me the SONA is an infomercial. It is this long thing, not good enough for prime television and ultimately wants you to buy something unconditionally.

 

Are their gripes real?? Shouldn't there be some attention to that instead of hags wearing gowns?
Are their gripes real?? Shouldn’t there be some attention to that instead of hags wearing gowns?

I am not much of a politician nor do I intend to be. If I was president and I  was half interested in proving that “kayo ang boss ko” I would get a heads up on the organizations that bother to show up to protest and put themselves in the way of a water cannon and make that part of my speech. It might give the illusion that I care. After all I said they are my boss and I am allegedly the president of the country even if all I wear on my chest is that yellow  swastika ribbon.

 

Picture from Daily Tribune. I doubt our government realizes who they are serving and how to serve them based on their annual dress up party.
Picture from Daily Tribune. I doubt our government realizes who they are serving and how to serve them based on their annual dress up party. Remember Noynoy’s justification for DAP is to help the poor.

Pinoys care about who wears what to the SONA as much as the rest of the world cares about who wears what to the Oscars. Is there some kind of disconnect here? Show Business is about getting people to the theater and tune in on TV and purchase downloads. Government is about encouraging economic growth and looking after the welfare of all it’s citizens. Why then do we have this gawking for the latter?

 

There is something to be said that Kris Aquino fits seamlessly  into both worlds of Show Biz and Government.
There is something to be said that Kris Aquino fits seamlessly into both worlds of Show Biz and Government.

The undue attention given to wardrobe in the SONA just underscores that even pinoys could care less about FAMAS and other local awards. It also stresses the fact that we truly have a show biz government. A government more about show and less about biz. I always had this theory that in this country he who is more baduy gets more pansin. We all know that pinoy movies are  baduy as they are. What boggles my mind is that the process in which we govern our nation gets more attention and is more of a show since it out baduys pinoy movies.

 

I want to reject whatever this message is sending.  Contrary to Rod Stewart's song Act 1 was over with costume change.
I want to reject whatever this message is sending.

All the glitz and glamour of the annual SONA seems to obscure the fact that the SONA is composed of words not actions. They are one person’s words how they see what they did. My old boss a die hard Noytard always told me self assessment should not be a substitute for real evaluation of an employee and a real evaluation of a job. The SONA is just one person’s viewpoint. A person with an agenda. A person who wants to look good. A resume is one place where you will be as perfect as you are ever going to be. SONA 2014 though is a resume after four years on the job so you have the luxury of vetting Noynoy’s resume.

 

One of Noynoy’s self assessments the night of the 2014 SONA was the way he viewed his government’s response to Yolanda’s victims. First of all these are the president’s words before the storm hit.

From a guy who is wise enough to defy the constitution.
From a guy who is wise enough to defy the constitution.

This what he said after Yolanda  hit.

He talks tough before the fact and talks useless after the fact. Nice leader.
He talks tough before the fact and talks useless after the fact. Nice leader.

 

Aquino to stay in Tacloban until situation is ‘OK’ - News - GMA News Online 2014-07-30 11-29-09

This is what made him leave

 

Priorities.
Priorities.

This is how the words match up with reality.

Don't you love how people whose lives were devastated in November are used as props during the SONA?
Don’t you love how people whose lives were devastated in November are used as props during the SONA?

See? All Show and no Biz. Not bad for a guy who got elected on “kung walang corrupt walang mahirap”.

 

 

Pinoys do not value hard work and practicality. They only care about name recognition.
Pinoys do not value hard work and practicality. They only care about name recognition.

 

With all this undue attention to gowns and tears from a KSP actress who was probably maced there is still the battle that was going on outside the venue.  A battle that the president seems to have very little interest in winning or even participating.  The glitz and glamour of the red carpet fashion show is inversely proportional to the abilities shown by the same people to do the jobs they were voted in to do.  The key speaker at the 2014 State of the Nation Address was never a key doer, is not a key doer and will never be a key doer. Don’t look for the state of the nation in the impractical gowns worn by impractical people trusted to make practical decisions. Don’t look for the state of the nation in the words of someone who was elected by people not interested in his practical abilities.  All you have to do is match words with actions. Good luck with that.

print

Post Author: Gogs

Putting a very sharp needle into the balloon known as Pinoy Pride since 2012.

Leave a Reply

9 Comments on "State Of The Mentality Of The Nation"

Notify of
avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
joeld
Guest
Once again, the yellow idiot living beside the Pasig river has not only proven that filipinos are massive idiots, basically rubbing it in their faces. Konting drama, konting iyak, palakpak! And he is laughing together with his KKKK, literally, all the way to the offhsore banks. And then there are the filipinos, commenting on the electronic book of faces , about why we should not judge the BS Aquino, about what have we done so far for the country, and why we should stop in our endless tirades to the BS Aquino government, etc etc. When will filipinos wake up… Read more »
Sacre-Bleu
Guest

the government of the Philippines does not serve the people one bit. it does not take a genius to figure it out.
so what is this government even doing still not serving the people of the country?
the people are willing to do nothing to put an end to the charade and so this is what they will continue to get, until they decide enough is enough already.
Stand as one and say:”I/we want our godamm money back!”….’and you are all going to jail.’….

Good luck!

Sacre-Bleu
Guest

BTW, the dresses on the pictured Ladies are just the most ridiculous looking fashion statements ever worn in public. Do they even know how un-fashionable they are looking? A good laugh they are.

Hyden Toro
Guest

The SONA has become like the Oscar Award night in Hollywood. Those fancy clothes are our taxes. They are the product of the DAP and the Pork Barrels. And, these Thieves have no shame in displaying them to the poverty stricken Filipinos.

Aquino and her sister, Kris Aquino may have shed CROCODILE Tears…to gain sympathy. “Lumang tugtugin na yun…pa-iyak-iyak…”