The inability of the best minds of the Philippine Opposition to unite various partisan camps that would like to see the end of the Duterte dynasty’s reign over national politics will be the subject of debate among historians in the years to come. At present, the Opposition is hopelessly fragmented into feuding chieftains, each with their own personal agendas backed by business interests at stake. Presuming to hover above this morass of competing personalities is “vice president” Leni Robredo who continues to push the fantasy of a “United front” against the camp of incumbent President Rodrigo Duterte.
The trouble with Robredo and her ilk is that they continue to use divisive language in their ironic efforts to “unify” their dishonest lot. Here are the key messaging no-no’s that these morons continue to do-do…
“Good” versus “evil”
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The Opposition take for granted their self-appointment to the “good” side of the political narrative. This has morphed from being an earned perception in the aftermath of their EDSA “revolution” in 1986 to the perverse entitlement that they regard it to be today. They spend an inordinate amount of resources rabidly protecting what has now become an artificial perception.
No less than the Roman Catholic Church itself has lost ascendancy to the claim of authority over deeming anything “good” or “evil”. So who do the Yellowtards think they are presuming to appoint themselves as the “good” in today’s politics?
Arresting “economic decline”
This story implies that the Duterte administration is the singular cause of the Philippines’ poor economic performance over the last couple of years. They then assert that ending the Duterte era — presumably paving the way for a return of the Yellowtard era — will be the cause of a promising economic outlook over the following years.
This is no different to the assertions they made back in the 1980s that aimed to mislead Filipinos into thinking that then President Ferdinand Marcos and his “Martial Law Regime” was the singular cause of all Filipinos’ and their nation’s troubles. It was Filipinos’ collective realisation over the last 30 years that nothing about their society had fundamentally changed under the Yellowtard watch that eventually flipped their sentiments over to the “evil” side.
A national economy is a complex system. Establishing sound cause-and-effect relationships between its input and output factors requires a huge amount of science and computing power. Even the world’s most renowned “economists” get it wrong most of the time. For a party of bird-brained partisans and “activists” to be attributing causal relationships between presidents and the movements of an entire national economy is an exercise in intellectual dishonesty to say the least.
An event or situation that happened or emerged in the past did so under circumstances unique to that period in time. To attribute the possibility of the same thing or situation happening or emerging because of a cherry-picked instigator is a logical fallacy. To actively propagate a political narrative that is underpinned by that fallacious argument is downright crooked.
To cite a specific case, the Opposition like to single out former Senator Bongbong Marcos as the bogeyman in their shrill narrative of “another Marcos” coming to power and heralding another “dark age” of authoritarianism. It’s an emotionally attractive scare tactic but is utter nonsense. The “Martial Law Regime” was a conflation of many events and actors unique to the 1970s. “Another Marcos” in Malacanang alone cannot account for the possibility that all that could happen again. Thus, the idea that preventing “another Marcos” ascending power will ensure that all that will “never again” happen is plain idiotic.
Indeed, it does not take “another Marcos” to implement another “Martial Law Regime” because all the legal avenues to do that are still available under the 1987 Yellowtard Constitution.
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The Opposition lost an entire nation and continue to lose in general because they are purposely insulting the intelligence of the Filipino people. Perhaps not everyone can overcome their instinctive responses to the emotional appeals of their dishonest “thought leaders” who infest schools, the Church, and the country’s mainstream media industry. However there already seems to be a critical mass of voters who can see right through the ineffective messaging that Opposition politicians are addicted to and continue to use in their campaigns.
It is easy to see that the Yellowtards are not planning beyond the 2022 elections. If they were truly honest about their spiel that they are in this for the good of the people, what is their plan over the six years that follow after the 2022 elections? Ask them that question and all you’ll get are crickets.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.