Mocha Uson is not the problem
By Joe America
We have sorted the Philippine population into three groups to help make sense of things:
- The entitled, or class of impunity, that takes care of its own, is fundamentally amoral (lying is a tool, murder a campaign), and is not committed to the principles of democracy and human rights. Most legislators are in this group, and almost all of the Duterte cabinet.
- The educated elite who believe in the principles of democracy, laws, and human rights. A few legislators belong to this group, as does Vice President Robredo. Interestingly enough, so does arch-leftist Waldon Bello.
- The needful masses who may be poor or just stuck in traffic or otherwise angry that their lot in life is so small or troubled.
Mocha Uson belongs to the class of impunity and speaks to the needful. She does not speak to the elite and only concerns herself with them if they pose a threat to the Duterte agenda. Vice President Robredo is viewed as a threat and is now in the spotlight to be diminished.
Mocha Uson is highly skilled at what she does.
The elite are busy mainly talking to themselves whilst trying to lecture or convert the entitled to better values by appealing to their conscience or reason. They have no organization and are basically ineffective at speaking to the needful. So they aren’t making a lot of progress at influencing policies or decisions. The international press probably have a greater impact.
The idea that the elite could impose a conscience on Mocha Uson, or others of the entitled class, is rather futile I think. I don’t know why they spend so much time worrying about her, and others like her. They should be busy ignoring her to the best of their ability, and speaking to the needful.
The needful are not a rational bunch, in the main, but an emotional bunch, and I suspect that endless appeals to conscience, to sense, and to principles miss the mark. The emotional foundation of the needful is not rational. I don’t know if it is mass insanity or mass need, but it is typical to see the needful get upset about dogs killed for a movie but not Filipinos killed for drugs. It is common to see the Duterte Administration given a free pass for bad traffic, its position on SS hikes and pork, giving away sea resources, being rude to the US, and other acts for which President Aquino would have been excoriated.
- ex·co·ri·ate, ikˈskôrēˌāt, ekˈskôrēˌāt, verb, censure or criticize severely, “the papers that had been excoriating him were now lauding him”
This is not an argument to be won on reason.
It is an argument to be won on emotions and taking care of people who have tremendous needs and no easy way out of their condition.
I suspect Senator De Lima calling DOJ Secretary Aguirre a “lying bastard” is better communication than Vice President Robredo extolling the importance of human rights.
Come to think of it, the elite are confined by their good manners. Good manners don’t impress the needful. Good manners make the needful angry. Needful values are crab values . . . inside out. Upside down. Ambition is bad, it shows “us” up. Success is bad, it makes us feel bad. Goodie goodie is weak and pretending to have higher values is offensive.
The needful need strength. They need tough. They need blood in the streets.
They need things their emotions (not brains) can relate to.
As long as the elite adhere to good manners, they will be ineffective. As long as they keep speaking to the deaf ears of the entitled, babbling amongst themselves, or lording it over the needful . . . they will be ineffective.
- If they are worrying about Mocha Uson, they are on the defensive.
- If they are trying to insult those of no conscience, they are beating dead horses.
- If they are talking about human rights, they have put their target audience to sleep.
- If they have no organization, they are just noise.
I was thinking about proposing how to avoid these pitfalls, but I am foreigner. Not my job.
You can discuss it freely amongst yourselves, however, and I’d guess you would come up with something like:
- Put an organization in place (let Waldon Bello head it to get rid of the LP stigma).
- Develop a very simple set of goals. End EJKs and death culture, real sovereignty, more jobs, uplift the nation.
- Decide on an overarching message (“Defend democracy and the honor of Filipinos”).
- Develop a troll army to disseminate content that resonates (De Lima’s “Aguirre is a lying bastard” or Bello’s recent comment that supporters of Duterte are either ignorant or crazy).
Those are not proposals, just idea starters. I leave the discussion to you at this point.