Back when the Spanish Conquistadors first set foot on Philippine shores and claimed all in the name of God and the Spanish king, it would have looked like this all made sense. Christianity, after all, was the “good” religion and Western civilisation regarded as a necessary “civilising” force. Europeans saw themselves as burdened by a duty to “civilise” the rest of the world’s coloured lot which included dismantling all their “pagan” traditions and replacing these with Christian tokens.
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It does, because this is the same self-righteous fervour that is driving Western European and North American powers in their drive to ensure the world toes the line today. Things haven’t changed much, indeed. Spears, swords, and guns may have been replaced by trade embargos, sanctions, and visa cancellations, but the selective morality in the manner with which Western powers continue to exert influence over the rest of the world remains the same. They and their lackeys in liberal parties and movements all over the world regard themselves as the “good guys”. So powerful is this paradigm — that the West are the good guys and all the rest are murderous tyrannical regimes — that even leaders who enjoy popular support in “democratic” countries, but don’t toe the Western liberal line, are labelled as “evil dictators”.
The bizarre thing here is that these very same liberal partisan camps, spurred by the extremist subset of “woke” snowflakes within them, also presume to defend the “plight” of indigenous communities, their ways of life, and their traditions. They even pay lip service to remnants of their “nations” and allow token markers that commemorate the territories they lost to Western colonisers. Think about that for a minute. The traditions of these indigenous communities are all non-democratic. Their “nations” were ruled by monarchs, chieftains, lords, warlords, and theocrats. They would all have governed in ways that violate today’s “human rights” laws. Indeed, the biggest affront to human rights today is no less than the Roman Catholic Church itself which, by its very charter, is the antithesis of a modern free Western liberal democracy!
Now, to be fair, freedom, democracy, rule of law, and individual rights are all nice things. Indeed, even presumed “tyrants” like Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte were elected to office by The Vote. Indeed, halfway through his term, Duterte remains exceedingly popular, thus enjoying a mandate to continue governing. No evidence of “tyrannical rule” could be found in the Philippines today. Even the economy is oblivious to all the names and labels being slapped on the Philippine government by Uncle Sam’s agents and media moguls.
The reason, perhaps, why liberals are seemingly in “retreat” (or so they lament) and conservatives and populists are enjoying a resurgence is because people are increasingly aware of just how inherently inconsistent liberal ideologies are. They’ve seen through its extreme form — communism — in the late 1980s, now they are seeing through its more moderate flavours today, such as what happened in the Philippines when its once-formidable liberal bloc lost an entire nation to Duterte.
If liberals want to continue sharing the political stage as respected challengers to conservatists and even populists, they need to get real. In the case of the Philippines’ most extreme liberals, the “woke” Yellowtards who remain rabidly loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan, a massive rebrand and purge of their leadership is long-overdue. If they hadn’t learnt anything from the catastrophic defeat they suffered in this year’s elections, then there is no hope of a return to power for this discredited lot.
Getting real is easy. One just needs to be honest with one’s self first. Once that is achieved, honesty is easily extended to those one seeks to influence. It is imperative that today’s Philippine Opposition learn that simple lesson if they are serious about winning future elections in what remains a fully-democratic Philippines.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.