It seems that the Yellowtards (the leading faction of the Philippine Opposition rabidly loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco clan) have lost faith in that very iconic “activist” enterprise that originally garnered them worldwide fame — “people power” street “revolutions”. Nowadays, these snowflakes seem to have lost their edge and are now resorting to legal means to achieve their dishonest ends.
At present one of the legal means they are exploring to oust sitting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is yet another quaint impeachment circus. Apparently that other legal means to achieve the more noble end — actually winning an election — does not seem to work for them either having, this year, again sampled what it feels like to cop a catastrophic loss at the polls.
An impeachment bid against Duterte would have made sense had the Yellowtards succeeded at taking over Congress in this year’s elections. Unfortunately for them, they suffered an epic fail getting the required bums on seats there thanks to the tiresome, ill-thought-out obsolete approach they applied to their lame campaign. Ironically, former President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III could be counted as a key innovator when it comes to dishonest impeachment projects having successfully mounted a successful coup against no less than a sitting Supreme Court Chief Justice, the late Renato Corona, back in 2012. Tragic that his spawn of “thought leaders” could not run with that template. Peping Cojuangco must be really frustrated.
Thing is, the Yellowtards themselves are responsible for the decline of their once illustrious political brand. We see the same limpdicked attitude today in their lack of courage to call for the same “people power” they keep waxing poetic about in their numerous Yellow shrines and memorials. To be fair, they did one too many back in the mid-2000s when their matriarch, former President Cory Aquino, was still alive. Back then, Aquino presided over several more attempts to incite “people power” after the last successful one in 2001 that saw the ouster of then President Joseph ‘Erap’ Estrada. All of them failed, as People Power Fatigue crept into the public sentiment of a people increasingly becoming disillusioned with the empty promises of a discredited narrative.
The more important point to make, having pointed out all that, is that the Opposition continue to lack any semblance of an alternative path forward. All they have in their aresenal is a worn-out Martial Law Crybaby narrative, use of nebulous hifallutin’ notions of “human rights” and “equality” as fodder for their lame campaigns, and a pathetic dependence on Western liberal “journalists” for PR capital. But as far as (1) a roadmap to (2) some sort of vision, the Opposition’s top honchos propose neither. This is thanks to their continued latching on to the Yellowtards for “leadership”. Leadership, in that regard, goes nowhere beyond ouster rhetoric which means focusing on tearing down rather than building upon the current government’s inertia.
The best way the Yellowtards can prove to the Filipino people that they mean business is through a great show of power. What better way to do this than to show that their old magic still works, right? That’s the challenge they need to step up to if they choose to continue acting and thinking like Yellowtards. Then again, the better alternative is to evolve into a more modern and more intelligent political force. That, of course, is premised on an ability and resolve to accept that Yellotardism had become a liability to their cause.
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