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)
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