“Thought leaders” of the Yellowtard-Communist Axis find themselves in a conundrum seeing (or, perhaps, them merely asserting) that the administration of Bongbong Marcos is “undoing” what former President Rodrigo Duterte did during the previous administration. Both the Yellowtards and the commies now find the need to tone down their formerly shrill Marital Law Crybaby rhetoric and get in bed with the son of the man they formerly regarded as The Great Satan.
It is the usual Lesser Evil Politics that Filipinos are renowned for. Yellowtards and commies who fancy themselves the “good guys” in their so-called “fight” against “tyranny” now have to backpedal their inconsistent and intellectually-dishonest ideologies in order to sign their respective deals with the devil. While one considers that the Yellowtards have just Martial Law Crybabyism to let go of, one must pity the Reds. They have that and their “anti-imperialism” (ergo, anti-Americanism) to swallow along with their pride.
Perhaps there was a masterstroke in the Marcos administration’s recent initiative to grant “amnesty” to commie elements. To add insult to the injury of having to dismantle a key pillar of their belief system, these parasites now owe an utang na loob (debt of gratitude) to their former archenemy. Not that we should hold our breath. Commies are among the most duplicitous people and will stab in the back any party in any negotiating table they sit in the minute they find the chance.
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All this, of course, is par for the course in traditional Philippine politics. The key thing to understand here is that many of the politicos (and their cadres of “influencers” and “bloggers”) we see jostling for a foot in the King’s Court are traditionals — a bit removed from the place in the hierarchy of needs to which ordinary Filipino voters have evolved to. Insiders see the place they take on the “sides” of their respective cult leaders as the all-important “fight” of their small lives. Outsiders, on the other hand, armed with their valuable outsiders’ perspectives only see a bunch of bickering buffoons.
The trouble with periods in between elections is that there is a lack of hard data on which of these sides are communicating effectively and, therefore, resonating powerfully with the Filipino people. Lacking data, foolish sentiment and obsolete loyalties prevail in the small minds of the politically-passionate. The fact is, politics becomes less of a concern for ordinary Filipinos in between elections and, as such, collectively emit less data on their sentiments. Not surprisingly, we now see politicians and their cult followers slugging it out among themselves in the dark. The only casualties in their little “fights” are their principles.
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