Wrestling with Pigs

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The phrase panem et circenses (bread and circuses) is often used to describe the way governments provide superficial appeasement to the governed. No doubt this describes the Philippine government and politics, with all their telenovela-worthy drama that the media is only too willing to shove a camera and microphone towards.

One can also notice, however, that Philippine politics is also like watching someone wrestling with a pig, in mud. As an idiom, wrestling with a pig means engaging an opponent that benefits from the struggle even without winning it.

A quote is popularly attributed to playwright George Bernard Shaw: “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.

The latest spectacle in Philippine politics indeed resembles pig wrestling. It involves current president Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Leila De Lima. Duterte recently called out De Lima and linked her to the illegal drug trade. In doing so, however, he also called attention to De Lima’s “sexual indiscretions”.

Duterte’s critics claim that he is misogynistic, potty-mouthed, generally uncouth, and not at all presidential. The first three traits, of course, are all on record as part of his behavior ever since the presidential campaign. People will not let others forget his comments of “wanting to rape a woman first”, and where he cussed at the Pope. Nor will his critics let up about what is widely perceived as extra-judicial killings (EJK’s), the visible result of his “war on drugs”.

On the other hand, De Lima, portly as a matter of fact, has her own fair share of critics. She earned her reputation as former president Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino’s Justice Secretary. She is on record for disregarding a Supreme Court Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), and keeping Gloria Arroyo from seeking treatment abroad in 2011. De Lima’s comments about the late former Chief Justice Renato Corona are also on record, in which she called him “a lawless tyrant”.

Between Duterte and De Lima, who the pig is, and who’s doing the wrestling, is a matter of perspective.

Duterte, as part of his promise to the Filipino people, is seemingly not afraid to “get dirty” in order to “clean up” the country. Though he stakes his reputation on “knowing his limits within the law”, he has not been hesitant to name and shame government officials, who, according to intelligence, are allegedly corrupt or involved in the drug trade. He is perceived as encouraging people to “shoot criminals” and ask questions later.

Duterte, for lack of a better word, is a troll; he will not hesitate to say outrageous things to get people’s attention. What makes Duterte a slippery opponent though, is, “what you see is what you get”. He has successfully sold his straight shooting and unpretentious persona – warts and all – to an audience that has wanted change. Any criticism of such persona will just bounce off. Most anything his enemies have so far accused him of, so far, has also applied to them; they end up looking hypocritical because he has no veneer to hide under. Pretty soon his opponents are bound to run out of ammunition.

It doesn’t hurt that he has an army of rabid supporters that is – by all appearances – a mirror image of the LP/Yellow army.

De Lima, on the other hand, has a formidable support system behind her. She is still associated with the Liberal Party (LP), the same as her former boss BS Aquino. Consequently, she has mainstream media as a readily available podium on which to respond to, and attack, enemies and critics of whatever she represents. In addition, anyone who watched her respond to Duterte’s address will get the idea that she will not hesitate to evade answering issues directly, and paint herself as a victim of persecution and unfair attacks. Much like her former boss used to do.

Who seems to enjoy wrestling in the mud more? Again, it is a matter of perspective.

De Lima and the LP were quick to bring up the “feminism” angle. One has only to remember, however, how BS Aquino subjected Gloria Arroyo to all sorts of rude treatment, and yet only a few were calling it out. Where is the consistency here?

I thought politics knows no gender. It is definitely not for the thin-skinned; those who survive know how to give as good as they get. Otherwise, they quickly get discredited and fizzle out.

One observation stands out: it seems that Filipinos are merely content to watch the spectacle, and are hardly feeling dirty about it – even when the mud starts splashing all over them.

If so, then the general truths about Filipinos continue to hold true: that their politicians merely reflect what they are as a people, and; that they deserve the politicians they elect.

If this is the best our country has to offer, then perhaps we’re destined to wallow in the mud again for quite some time.

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5551Toro007Hyden99999.9999
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“Wrestling with Pigs?” Who is the Pig, and who is the good human wrestler ? Politics in our country is mud wrestling. All sort of evil names are thrown at you…dirt is dug out in your past, and exposed to the public. A thick skinned human being , will surely survive in politics. Politics is not for thin skinned people. Thieves will call other thieves: “Thieves !”. In truth, they are all thieves. Politics is a political zarzuela. With us, the dumb star struck ignoramuses, as audiences. I am not amused by these stupid political shows, as our country becomes… Read more »
a yellow tard
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stop wrestlings with the pigs. call for people power for prosecutions.

Aeta
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The Bitch (De Lima) is guilty as hell of being connected with the illegal drug trade as one of its “Protector”. She tries to cover up the evidence by turning around and accusing Duterte of extra judicial killing. This type of behavior from De Lima is typical of Filipinos caught with their “hands in the cookie jar”: play “Dedma” (Dead Malice) or “Patay Malisya” (feign innocence and use everyone and everything as a scapegoat).

klara
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I have to give credit to Pres. Duterte in this case, although, there could have been a better approach. According to pres. spokesperson Abella, “the president understands that public discourse has its dynamics and perimeters”- no question on his awareness of diplomatic conduct. It’s just disgusting that De Lima and her affiliates claim to be fiscalizers when they’re the very ones who should be investigated. In order for things to get done, they must be brought up one way or another. PH politics have long been filthy because they cover each other’s asses and only speak when it’s for their… Read more »
Aeta
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Klara,

There is no such thing as “due process” when it comes to exposing all the dirt of Philippine Society. Due Process only means it will give these corrupt politicians and businessmen more time to come with a better scheme to support their lies.

Duterte’s bluntness and callousness are the perfect weapons against these assholes–in government and business–who are destroying the very fabric of life in this country. Duterte is putting out fire–not with water because it will spread–with more fire.

Aeta

klara
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Yup aeta. Due process certainly goes out the window if you want to effectively deal with crooks. You have to speak the language they understand. Duterte’s renegade ways may raise eyebrows, but in reality, no real revolution has ever come from doing things by the book (this applies even to the arts and sciences).
It’s a multidimensional game. You can’t beat your opponent by not crossing in between.

Aeta
Guest
Klara, Exactly. Due process—which I prefer to call the “Drawn out process”—is an overused tactic that Filipino politicians and businessmen employ to wear down the public’s attention. Due process/Drawn out process is useless and serves only the purpose of the people who use it: to have the cases swept under the carpet and forgotten—just like the rest of the open cases that have gone before the legislative committees and court system in this country. Nope, prompt justice is what the Philippines needs. It’s time for these assholes in government and businesses to show their cards and reveal to the people… Read more »
marius
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I agree. It’s a great pity, and I hope Duterte will actually attempt to fix it, but “due process” in this country has nothing to do with justice. Entirely the opposite: it’s a means of evading justice, open only to those with money.

RandomPoster
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I agree. This is his style, and if this one is the kind that delivers, well so be it.

This might just also be one of their tactics.

a yellow tard
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there’s no better approach to the drug situation now in the philippines. it must be exterminated completely. or else it will go hybernation and come back.

Aeta
Guest
The Filipino people really need to come together and stand behind their president, the Philippine National Police, and the armed forces, on their effort to bring to the surface all the elements that promote graft and corruption. If the Filipinos sincerely want to change their country for the better, then they need to start thinking as one nation now. No more of these differences in opinion on how the country should be run, that only complicate and fuck things up for everyone and delay the process of putting an end to graft and corruption. Anyone who thinks he or she… Read more »
Camara
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I commend the Prez for being brutally harsh and seem to feel real pulse of the popular masses. Filipinos having no moral standard expects some degree of common decency from the Executive chief, he has been on fire by Media and International community although I see his sincerity in his word and action. I’m afraid that media would use it to his disadvantage to dismantle his presidency.

Aeta
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Camara,

We can all expect ABS-CBN and GMA to poke holes in Duterte’s administration; they’re a staunch supporter of the EDSA Revolution and the Yellow Party because both made them very wealthy.

Aeta

Camara
Guest

Remember this is the most powerful tool to destroy a weak government, Marcos is a powerful and charismatic leader But with the help of the Catholic Church they are able to demonize Marcos and placed Aquinos as our Saints and Heroes. The Oligarchy are giving their full support to the Yellow army. They control TFC channel and Meralco if they want to sabotage the whole country they can as long as they can dessiminate lies here and abroad. We are fighting a dirty war, wherein criminals are protected by the rich and powerful.

Aeta
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Camara,

This is why Filipinos worldwide need to come together and fight these lies being spread across the globe by the Yellow Party oligarchs through their ABS-CBN/TFC and GMA stations. We can’t believe what these two stations are saying, even if they come across as being supportive of Duterte’s administration. The Iglesia ni Cristo, and their NET-25 television station, is our only hope. The members of the INS church vow to support Duterte in his fight against graft and corruption.

Aeta

Pallacertus
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So when it’s Aquino he can do absolutely nothing right — but when it’s Duterte he can do absolutely nothing wrong, even when he’s taking aim at someone who seems to be doing her job, both as a public official as well as a member of the opposition?

I apologize. I thought when I woke up two days ago we were still under a democracy, not under a cult with Duterte as omniscient deity.

Aeta
Guest

Pallacertus,

Obviously, you need to go back to sleep and pick up where you left off in your dream—the part where you woke up and lived happily ever after in a world where problems solves themselves, because you’re obviously in delusion of what Duterte is trying to do to clean up the fucked up mess in the Philippines. Or, is that another dream that you haven’t woken up from yet?

Aeta

Pallacertus
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What?

Emong
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The only sensible comment you gave in a very long time you’re commenting here.

Aeta
Guest

Is that comment for me, Emong?

klara
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Did you get the part where she might be involved in the drug business?

sincerely,
klara

Aeta
Guest
klara, De Lima is so deep in shit in the illegal drug trade business that, when she tries to exonerate herself in front of the camera, the very fleshy part of her fat face started to tremble, causing moisture to seep from the pores on her skin and through the hairline cracks of her thick makeup. It was sickening to watch and listen to this fat pig’s last ditch effort to save her political career that’s about to come to an end; and, it’s similar to the same grotesque sight and sound that a squealing pig makes as it is… Read more »
Pallacertus
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I got that (well, an hour after I heard the allegation of adultery straight from the horse’s mouth — you will agree with me when I say it is not done here). I agree that it should be investigated. I disagree, and disagree with all appropriate vehemence, that the one allegation impairing her objectivity vis-a-vis her critique of Duterte’s war on drugs should’ve been mixed with an attack on her personal life. Her personal life — her matrimonial and sexual peccadilloes — has got jack and shit to do with how she conducts her duties in government. All her possible… Read more »
Aeta
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Is this Pallacertus guy an idiot or what?

“Those who think moral considerations not directly affecting a public servant’s performance of his or her duties should nevertheless be a benchmark for evaluating the same will disagree with me — but for all that it’s worth, I’m not gonna insist on purity in leadership, but competence.”

“But for all that it’s worth, I’m not gonna insist on purity in leadership, but competence.”

Most of our fucking politicians are competent—competent in thievery, graft, and corruption. Now does that address your concern, Pallacertus?

Pallacertus
Guest

All subtlety is lost with you, Aeta.

I get that you want to purify the country, or at least rid it of the things that you hate so badly — I also get that you can err, and err like all hell, while doing what you think is right.

Aeta
Guest
Pallacertus, “All subtlety is lost with you, Aeta.” Fuck your “subtlety” bullshit! That kind of thinking will get you in trouble every time–especially with what President Duterte is trying to do: get rid of all the bad elements in government and businesses that are fucking up the whole country. “If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame. But, if orders are clear and the soldiers nevertheless disobey, then it is the fault of their officers.”– Sun Tzu Stop being another pussy version of NoyNoy Aquino who tried… Read more »
Jim DiGriz
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What on earth did De Lima ever do right? She is a leftover cancer of the Aquino administration. She has to be cut out before she spreads more stupidity, corruption and incompetence.

Pallacertus
Guest

Is this inspired by actual missteps de Lima committed, or by her association with Noynoy?

Klara
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P,
Both, even by forward and reverse logic

Aeta
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Pallacertus,

Six (6) years of associating with and covering up for drug lords in and out of the New Bilibid Prison, while having the protection of an impotent president from any legal implications due to her illegal, extra-curricular activities, is not a misstep.

It’s a deliberate act of misleading the nation and profiting from it at the people’s expense. De Lima is a prime example of everything that is wrong with the Philippines.

Get that through your fucking delusional head and stop acting like you’re still in Kindergarten.

Aeta

Pallacertus
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It would be nice if you can substantiate your allegations, Aeta. It would be nice if Duterte can can the bullshit about de Lima’s private life and instead focus on the illegal campaign contribution allegation.

Until then, innocent until proven guilty is a thing — and a reasonable one it is too.

Aeta
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Pallacertus,

I’ve just substantiated my allegations with my last comment to you before this one. Read it.

Aeta

zaxx
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GRP applying double standards? Not really; people here simply apply more heat in grilling hypocrite public officials who have something to hide. Duterte himself has a live-in partner. But why aren’t we grilling him on this? Well he’s simply honest enough to admit his weaknesses. But for a woman who tries to appear as standing for righteousness yet is anything but –> everyone will be scrambling to unmask her. We’re tired of this fake sham daang matuwid. People have now come to embrace leadership with common sense and integrity. A few years of Martial law rule under Du30 will bring… Read more »
Pallacertus
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“GRP applying double standards? Not really; people here simply apply more heat in grilling hypocrite public officials who have something to hide.” If the only thing she’s hiding is her romantic affair — she didn’t use public money to sustain him, or else bade him get money from drug lords in Bilibid — I think you will agree with me that adultery alone, while embarrassing in itself, is not grounds for expulsion from the Senate or from any government body. On the other hand, if you think she should be expelled based on that alone, whether or not it affected… Read more »
zaxx
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Anyone aspiring for a position in public office needs 2 things: proven performance and integrity – does De Lima have even one of these? She reeks of the very same putrid yellow cancerous lump of Noynoy tumor from which she came from. The fact that you can’t see that Pallacertus is probably something you’ll need to work on. The least I can offer is the cutting edge in Wolf-detection technology. You may want to look into the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal/issue to know why matters like these are such a big deal to the general public. You brought up a good point… Read more »
TheVoiceofReason
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Pallacertus.
Thats terrific.
Could not have summed up the zealotry in this behavior better myself.

zaxx
Member

Just to enlighten you high-fiving dudes – maybe this article will give you a clue on the relationship between GRP and Duterte …

http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/08/19/16/cpp-npa-declare-ceasefire-for-peace-talks

Aeta
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TheVoiceofTreason,

You and Pallacertus need to start a church together. I guarantee you’ll attract a lot of brainwashed Yellow Party members.

You can call the church, “Church of the Poison Mind,” named after a 1980s song from the band Culture Club.

Aeta

Pallacertus
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My dour Aeta, when will you realize that I am not playing partisan games here? I have and will continue to praise who I think is worth praising, and castigate who I think is worth castigating. That I criticized this particular action by Duterte, that I remain skeptical of his obsession with drugs as well as of aggressive and violent state-sponsored crusades against the drug menace in general, given their track record of ineffectiveness (even putting aside considerations of human rights and due process) — to put it simply, I criticize so that those who may read can reflect on… Read more »
zaxx
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Yup formally organizing a yellow zombie “Cult Club” now will help arrest the dwindling number of adherents of the embattled Cory-Noynoy camp.

A Boy George look-a-like called Light Vader can be the “Daang Matuwid” chaplain. De Lima can lead in the singing of “Karma Chameleon” and the holy Robber-redo (rape me again) choir can offer a special number with the lines… “war on drugs is stupid, and Duterte’s people are stupid”.

Aeta
Guest

zaxx,

LOL! That’s a good one. Thank you for breaking down the organizational chart for Pallacertus and TheVoiceofTreason’s new church. GRP writers and commenters just keep getting better and better at characterizing the Filipino mind.

Aeta

Pallacertus
Guest

So by opposing Duterte I’m committing treason?

So by pointing out his mistakes I’m this so-called “Yellow zombie”?

So by not marching in lockstep with him as you’ve been doing, I’m the enemy?

So Duterte is always right and all dissent is wrong not because their opinions don’t measure up to reality, but because they oppose Our Glorious Leader and His Righteous Crusade Against the Forces of Corruption, Who By His Very Sincerity Is A Priori Pure and Bright?

Aeta
Guest
Pallacertus, You’re right. You’re not playing partisan games. Instead you’re playing “I’ll scratch your pussy you scratch mine games, and we’ll hold hands until we figure out what really going on.” You keep doling out your bountiful praises and castigating those who you think deserves it and, pretty soon, you’ll be left on the side of the road wondering what the fuck happened. I don’t know how old you are but you’re obviously very naïve about how life in the Philippines works. Duterte’s obsession with destroying the vast network of the illegal drugs industry–even it means resorting to violent means—is… Read more »
Pallacertus
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If so, I hope Duterte doesn’t have so much an inflated conception of himself as you obviously do of him. If he can roll with the critics and their critiques, take them in good stead, well, that’s all and good, for a start.

zaxx
Member

President Duterte is seen making faces (right) after shaking hands with Sen. Leila de Lima during the opening of the 17th Congress on Monday.

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/27/1607115/rody-handshake-icebreaker-de-lima

sammie
Guest

LOL
Naalala ko ang tatay kong sutil sa mukha nya.
XDD

d_forsaken
Guest

Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.

yellowed out GRP reader
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yellowed out GRP reader
The problem with the “disente” crowd (i.e. Mar Roxas, Risa Hontiveros, Winnie Monsod, wannabe hangers-on like Leni Robredo and Leila de Lima etc) and their oligarch backers is that they only care about themselves and about appearances. Notice how the words they use to criticize Duterte like “unpresidential” and “foul-mouthed” are all premised on some form of pakitang-tao. It’s like they don’t care that the guy has cut processing times at government offices, given OFWs a one-stop shop, significantly lowered the crime rate after less than 2 months in office. They just fixate on how he talks, his broken English,… Read more »
Amir Al Bahr
Guest
That’s the thing. The “disente” crowd is still in denial that it left a mess. “Best President Evah!”, for them. The reason that their “opposition” lacks weight, is because it had its time, as the dominant force, to do its share of governing. Unfortunately, however, much like their concerns, as you stated above, the “gains” they keep harping on about are superficial. We don’t need a non-existent opposition, but a credible one. In its time as the dominant force, the “disente” crowd was still much more concerned with appearances than they were with substance. They prioritized silencing critics over proving… Read more »
Aeta
Guest

yellowed out GRP reader,

I agree with you. Duterte needs to go “black ops” and go into clandestine mode, and stop entertaining these “arrogant and self-serving” YellowTards, by giving them more ammo to fire back at him with these public interviews. These YellowTard members and their Chinese counter-parts are now shitting in their pants, because it’s only a matter of time before their individual turn comes up to be examined under a microscope. The main thing we Filipinos can do to help the Duterte administration is to keep giving a “Shout Out” for our support to what it’s doing.

Aeta

Camara
Guest

This is why also why the Yellow cult is pushing for Cory’s canonization. They need a Saint to help them push their agenda and save the oligarchy from losing their grip on power.

Aeta
Guest

Cory for canonization. I’d like to put her body inside a cannon and shoot it out to sea.

Camara
Guest

Aeta
Massive concerted propaganda against the Prez should not be taken lightly The yellow media is taking their smear campaign to foreign press while VP is in US to urge FILAMS to fight Du30 war on drugs. Be Vigilant

Aeta
Guest
Camara, I’m not in the U.S. so I don’t know what Duterte’s traitorous vice-president is doing. I do know she’s up to no good and it’s only a matter of time before she plunges the knife on Duterte’s back. We can only hope the administration have her on a short leash and followed, with an envoy of its own, to repair the damages she will cause along the way. Duterte is not only fighting an all-out war against the Yellow Party members of politicians and businessmen who are trying to regain power, he is also facing potential enemies of other… Read more »
Allan
Guest
Please Mr. President, stop these live news conferences.! This will only make things worse, as I have observed (LESS TALK, LESS MISTAKE). I did not vote for you (I voted for MDS) but I’m starting to like your style. You don’t owe “them” an explanation, just keep on doing what you think is right for this country. Those yellow bastards, they won’t stop stirring up issues. Bitch slap them with your actions that have yielded positive results. Please, ayaw na sila tagda kay dili na sila importante. P.S. I’m still not one of your supporter but I always believed that… Read more »
Aeta
Guest

Allan,

You don’t have to be a Duterte supporter to know that our people need a swift kick in the ass. And that’s exactly what Duterte’s doing.

Aeta

edna bandayrel
Guest

i agree na minsan lang mag press si pres yung bang magsalita lang sya ng clarifications o announce yung resulta o mga accomplishments . tayu ang mag comment ng magcomment sa mga nagproprotest o against sa kanya then that way umiikot sa social media ang totoo at maipakita na suportado at malaman ni pres na go ang signal natin sa kanya

Camara
Guest

Five Rules of Propaganda
1. The rule of simplification: reducing all data to simple confrontation between ” good and evil” ” friend or foe”
2 The rule of disfiguration: discrediting opponent by smear campaign and parodies.
3 The rule of transfusion: manipulating consensus values of the target audience for one’s own end
4 Rule of unanimity: presenting one’s viewpoint as if it’s the unanimous opinion of all right thinking people and draining the doubting individuals into agreement
5 Rule of Orchestration: repeating same lies and messages in different variation