The slow noisy demise of the Cult of Yellow

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I’ve been observing my Facebook and Twitter timelines over the last couple of weeks. It could be because of the people I follow and the friends I keep, but in between posts and tweets about the NBA Finals and Game of Thrones, I’ve noticed a pattern in the way supporters of the Liberal Party (I’ll call them “The Yellows” for writing efficiency’s sake) now engage the broader public.

The Yellows now seem to be a scattered and disjoint bunch — a pale shadow of the cohesive force of “good” they were once pereceived to be. Credit goes to Benign0’s earlier piece, What do the Yellowtards stand for and who do they look to for leadership? for a quick root-cause analysis of their situation. The Yellows seem to have found themselves leaderless and, worse, bankrupt of meaning. What do they stand for now?

I’m not gonna repeat all the concepts that Benign0 had already laid out in that article that point to the bozo infestation that now aptly describes the Yellow presence in social media. What I might do, instead, is provide some empirical evidence based on what I’ve observed on my timelines to support Benign0’s hypothesis. Thanks goes out to those who alerted me to all the heated “debates” on Twitter. Bring out the popcorn! GRP writers are being trolled by Yellowtards!. And so that’s just what I did. 😀

The most striking change lay in the very fact that GRP writers were being trolled to begin with. Back when the Liberal Party was in power, the Yellows stuck mainly to their little cliques, usually organized around those has-been celebs like Leah Navarro, Jim Paredes, Cynthia Patag, and the like. Usually, they’d block anybody who disagrees with them, preferring instead to stick within the comfy world of their orgies of mutual high-fiving and back-patting. They largely dismissed or ignored anybody who did not subscribe to their views and progressively built a wall around themselves, self-assured that their hallowed Yellow dogma stood tall as the beacon of righteousness in Philippine politics.

I think this is where they came unhinged. As Benign0 had long ago pointed out, ideas progessively become inbred when allowed to evolve within a small isolated environment. Like an isolated gene pool, this Yellow memetic pool lost its resilience, when its adherents “protected” it from challenge and cross-pollination from and with the broader society for many years.

All the while, other alternative points of view were slugging it out for dominance around the Yellow ivory tower.

GetRealism, to be fair, isn’t a new “movement” (if you could even call it that). It’s been around since 2000 and, I gotta hand it to Benign0 and the community of “Get Realists” that now form the broader GRP Community, they’ve stayed in the fringes and way outside of the “mainstream”, resisting any temptation to get in bed with any political party or associating themselves with any personality. They nailed the Holy Grail of real and intelligent political discourse: stay focused on ideas and principles as these stand the test of time. That wisdom has held over the last 16 years. Other groups and movements driven by cults of personality came and went. GRP and the Get Realists kept their cutting-edge outsider’s perspective all throughout.

The Yellow “movement” is one such (and just the most recent) cult-of-personality group that came and, as we are seeing now, is on its way out the door. Its leaders have abandoned the “movement”. Losing presidential candidate Mar Roxas is on vacation and no longer sporting the yellow colors. Leni Robredo, whose role as the Philippine Vice President is still the subject of on-going debate, has distanced herself from the Yellow cult. Out-going President Noynoy Aquino will likely be buried under a mountain of legal paperwork over the next several years just to stay out of prison.

When a group who had depended wholesale on a handful of celebrity politicians for validation loses that source of validation, it usually spells the end of that group.

To the credit of the Yellows, they are not going away quietly. So what we are seeing today is a shrill Yellow movement in its final death throes. They have a gaping void in their belief system that was once filled by one or another yellow-clad cult leader. Today we see Yellowtards, now deprived of a cult leader and a choir of saints to worship, in a mad scramble for replacements. All the while they continue to “defend” Yellowism with what seems to be a zeal fuelled more by desperation than by any real meaning.

Unfortunately for them, the quality of that “defense” is telling. Rather than focus on issues and crafting consistent logical frameworks to serve as sound foundations for their arguments, they are attacking people willy-nilly. I think it is because, the Yellows have always been lazy and sloppy thinkers. That’s not a very surprising characteristic considering that the Yellows had, for 30 years, relied on their cult leaders to do all the thinking for them. Without their cult leadership they are now like headless chickens running and flapping around aimlessly driven by reflex and muscle memory. At least headless chickens lack the ability to squawk. The same cannot be said of the noisy convulsions of the Yellows that mark their journey down the final stretch before their road ends.

Ha ha! (Sorry, I can’t help but gloat) Ha ha!

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Post Author: Kate Natividad

Frustrated artist doing geek for a living.

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Grimwald
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I’d still be careful though…

To ensure the health and safety, I would advise everyone to wear a hazmat suit. Then, carefully pick up the Yellow pieces with long tweezers in order to put them in an incinerator. When the incineration is complete, I advise the use of powerful explosives to either disintegrate or vaporize any remaining chunks. Then, after that, sweep up the ash and dust and incinerate again for maximum security.

Dick S. O'Rosary
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yellows are people too…

treat them with “charity”

Jim DiGriz
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Someone stuck a needle into their bubble and it made a loud “bang”. It shocked them to the core and now the wall of their bubble has disappeared and suddenly they are smelling different air and they feel unprotected, which confuses them even more.

To make things worst, the people they used to worship have left or on their way out, so now there is no one to blindly follow anymore. We are dealing with headless yellow chickens here.

Aeta
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Along with the gradual demise of the Yellow Party should be the loosening of the Chinese businessmen’s (Henry Sy, Lucio Tan, John Gokongwei, Andrew Tan, and etcetera) tight grip on the economy, to give the Fliptards and other ethnicity a chance to make it in this country.

Niall R
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Unfortunately,nature abhors a vacuum.

Loosening the Chinese grip on the economy would be replaced by the Spanish hacienderos.I may be wrong,but the latter seem only to be interested in property development, whereas the Chinese do at least trade and manufacture.

Aeta
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The Spanish Hacienderos, which are virtually almost non-existent except for a few families that still owned large parcels of land in rural areas, did not detrimentally affect the Fliptard-owned businesses in manufacturing, retail, and import/export industries in metropolitan areas. However, the Chinese “Bamboo Network” businesses did by monopolizing all the industries–through direct foreign Chinese investments and Yellow Party networks–capturing a big piece of the market and destroying locally-owned “Cottage Industries” businesses. From 1986 to the present, Chinese-owned businesses have reached an unprecedented height and commanded more than 70% of the markets share in this country–far more than what the Hacienderos,… Read more »
vagoneto rieles
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‘Profit’ has always been given a bum rap by nearly all consumers. Those who have some understanding of business…those who know that ‘profit’ is what keeps businessmen in business…do not. The fact is…’profit’ directly causes employment; motivates innovation and product development; increases tax revenues; and, stimulates the economy. Like any other ‘good thing’, however, ‘profit’ must be regulated to protect the consumer and to allow its good effects to come in. To the extent that government has sought to protect consumers of staple products, (rice, diesel and LPgas), past governments, by-and-large…including this outgoing one…have done so. This, however, falls way… Read more »
1111Hyden007Toro9999.99
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1111Hyden007Toro9999.99
The Philippine Constitution, made by the late Cory Aquino, must be changed. It favors the Feudal Oligarchy and the Checkwa capitalists. The YellowTard Cult, is a Cult of Personality; centered around: Ninoy Aquino Jr.; Cory Aquino; Pnoy Aquino; Kris Aquino; and other YellowTard leaders. Their followers are like herds of cattles, with herd mentalities, rampaging, where their leader is headed. They flash . “L” signs as a way of greeting each other. The YellowTard Cult has no political ideology; except bowing and paying homage to their leader: the Aquinos. There is even a Shrine: the EDSA Shrine, where they congregate… Read more »
vagoneto rieles
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The Chinese-Filipino, (or is it Filipino-Chinese?) businessman will continue to succeed and dominate Philippine commerce and industry…no matter who the President is, no matter the colors of the party in power. To expect or to even wish that, owing to the ‘changing of the guards’ which is now taking place; that some other group of entrepreneurs will supplant the ‘Filipinized-Chinese’ businessman as leaders in trade, will be just that…a wish. From the time of Miguel Lopez de Legaspi, (some five centuries back), who, with grandson Juan de Salcedo, demolished the pirate Limahong; through President Garcia’s ‘Filipino-First Movement; and, Macapagal’s ‘Nationalization… Read more »
Aeta
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[Another Edited Version] vagoneto rieles, I have never denied the Chinese-Filipinos have been an integral part of socio-economic legacy, regardless of who the presidents were, and they will continue to be a part of it in the future. However, you cannot deny the fact that they have gained a much stronger foothold after the 1986 EDSA Revolution; and continue to do so under the Yellow administration. The result of the Chinese-Filipinos’ (and their foreign Chinese partners) economic domination have literally taken more than 70 percent of the country’s market—while making 2 or 3 billionaires out of them—while the rest of… Read more »
222Toro007Hyden8888.99
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222Toro007Hyden8888.99

The U.S. has its : the Anti Trust Law. This U.S. law was enacted, to prevent a U.S. company from monopolizing a business. There was a time in the U.S. where utilities, industries, commerce, etc…were at the mercy of the business owners. They were called: “the robber barons”…

If a business has grown too large, and powerful. The Anti Trust Law, force them to be partitioned, to encourage competition…

In our country; no Anti Trust Law. Monopoly is the name of the business game ! Chekwas are good in the monopoly game !

alitaptap
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just review their assets and liabilities they’re filing every year, pay their taxes, and sequester what’s hidden.

Aeta
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222Toro007Hyden8888.99, Hear, Hear! The Chinese-Filipino may use their business revenue to reinvest it in the Failippines, but they’re certainly not sharing it with anybody to rebuild local infrastructures like improving public schools and hospitals. If they do hire Failipino workers, they literally do it at a dirt cheap price, with no benefits or job security. I don’t know why anybody would think the Chinese-Filipino businesses are doing the country any favor. These Chinoy businesses are literally choking the economy and destroying businesses in all the industries. And the Koreans are right there behind them and following in their footsteps in… Read more »
213Hyden007Toro9999.99
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213Hyden007Toro9999.99

This is one issue, to be addressed by Pres. Elect Duterte. I think, he is a Socialist. So, the employees, must be taken cared of by the business owner. Health insurance must be given to them. Along with paid vacations. No part time employees. A livable minimum wage is required, also…

Aeta
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213Hyden007Toro9999.99,

And rightly so. The utter monopoly of the Chinese businesses (local and foreigner)—including the growing number of Korean businesses–is hurting the country. Now I know the Yellow Party have also benefited from this unfair business practice by the Chinese and Koeans for the past 30 years, so the new president should address the “monkey business” that has been taking place between these monopolizing businesses and our Yellow oligarchs.

Aeta

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Aeta
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213Hyden007Toro9999.99,

And rightly so. The utter monopoly of the Chinese businesses (local and foreigner)—including the growing number of Korean businesses–is hurting the country. Now I know the Yellow Party have also benefited from this unfair business practice by the Chinese and Koreans for the past 30 years, so the new president should address the “monkey business” that has been taking place between these monopolizing businesses and our Yellow oligarchs.

Aeta

d_forsaken
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I’ve said it’s over for the Failipinos in the Failippines, an obvious truth which caused much agitation amongst us all. The Failippines rich oligarchs will rule as usual; they come in all colours, particularly yellow.

Amaw, Judd
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they will be in hibernation for an indefinite time. yes, they will be back.

i hope they morph into something positively mainstream. but i doubt.

Johnny Derp
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I doubt that they would still show the same amout of zealous dedication once Aquino gets slapped with cases that he can’t weasel himself out of.

Max Alvarado
Guest

Deep inside these morons already know they’ve supported a bunch of crooks and losers but their pride prevents them to let go. Game over. No more LP. Even the most “loyal” LP “statesmen” jumped ship like rats away from that sinking party because of shameless survival instincts. The only thing left of LP are its rabid supporters.

4DSakeOfTheCountry
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Can’t be helped since these (LP)Lawbreaking Party still got Billions/Trillions/more of Pesos ever since 1986 when that useless,brainless houswife puppet president took office. 30 years of raping the Philippines of it’s riches and is put only in their Yellow Pockets and fellow Oligarch’s while letting it’s people suffer from the side effects(blown out poverty,price hikes,drugs,crimes,etc.). And don’t forget “MEDIA PROPAGANDA”. That PCGG, heck it’s not for the government but for the Aquino’s-Cojuanco’s and their croonies benefit. Look at Kris wearing the stolen jewelries from Mrs. Imelda Marcos that she rightfully owns as she was already acquitted from these cases and… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
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Well said!

Aeta
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4DSakeOfTheCountry

“Heck during Pres.F.Marcos time Filipino’s are always first when it comes to rights like jobs, businesses, welfare, projects and not some chekwas/any foreign entities, if they do want to make business here their workers should be Filipino’s and there wasn’t any contractualization or age limits and noone can fire a worker unless explained.”

You are 100 percent correct on this one!

Aeta

T
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if the any of aquino family flees the ph on june 30 or so, i do hope they end up in hawaii… that would be poetic

4DSakeOfOurCountry
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They should end up in “JAIL” as they clearly broke a lot of “LAWS” and stole alot of Government Taxes Money(DAP/PDAF/PORK/MRT DEAL/ETC) even foreign donations(200+billion) for the typhoon Yolanda victims which they fail to liquidize. Electoral sabotage/fraud and now COMELEC breaking the “Rule of Law” on which their boss is abnoy aquino. Losing Scarborough Shoal/Spratly’s. 7500 metric tons of gold from the Philippine Bank deposit in Thailand. Etc. Etc. Etc.

NOTOLP
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I’m not against Filipino Chinese business community thriving and expanding as long as they don’t do anything illegal or using their money to influence anything in favour of them. I believe the “true blooded filipino” should try and learn from them as these people when they moved here virtually had nothing yet they were able to prosper as per one poster here said even if we tilt the favour towards the indigenous Filipinos,they’ll still manage to rise up above the challenges. It’s partly to do with Filipino crab mentality hence we’re outdone by them, they stick with each other unlike… Read more »
Aeta
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NOTOLP,

“I’m not against Filipino Chinese business community thriving and expanding as long as they don’t do anything illegal or using their money to influence anything in favour of them.”

That’s the problem. The Chinese-Filipino business community is using its money to bribe the “crab mentality” politicians for political and economic favors to monopolize the economy. Where have you been for the last 30 years to not know this?

Aeta

NOTOLP
Guest

Then that’s got to stop. Easier said than done but the thing is, they know our mindset and using that to their advantage.

Aeta
Guest

NOTOLP,

Given those facts that the Chinese understand our mindset and take full advantage of our weaknesses, does that justify what they do–monopolize our economy and leave very little for us to live on–in your book?

Aeta