The Philippines: expendable in the new world order
By Joe America
Those who follow the blog regularly get to know the principal contributors. Each contributor displays his or her character through the writings they offer.
No one quite represents the name of the blog, The Society of Honor, like “sonny“. Sonny, a Filipino living in the US, is steeped in history, a devout Catholic, old enough to be wiser than most of us, and with his roots still linked to the Aquinos and the Philippine connections of his youth and his father, who served in WW II.
Sonny has old-school politeness, a love of old movies and elegant words, and a style of succinct that is perfect for our modern world, where people are scooting through the writings as if they had somewhere important to be in five minutes.
Sonny dropped off this brief observation about the geo-political landscape the other day:
- The geo-political landscape as I see it:
- Putin: anything that thwarts the US is good.
- NoKor: wants in as nuclear power, ready and willing like yesterday; Constantly adjusting 7-day plan to overrun SoKor & US troops.
- Japan: main American surrogate.
- Philippines: expendable due to internal weakness and pusillanimity
- China: world-spread economically
I had to look up “pusillanimity“, the kind of wordly challenge sonny drops off now and then I suspect to filter out those not particularly serious about reading. It derives from the Latin “small of spirit“, and can mean the lack of courage to stand up for what is right.
His reading struck me as powerfully accurate. Every line is worth a blog article, but I suspect we would come out at the end of each discussion pretty much as sonny said it.
Then we have this:
Philippines: expendable due to internal weakness and pusillanimity
How many blogs have we written here describing this weakness and smallness of spirit, the self-serving legislators who will not stick with their oaths, the institutions that are corrupt or inefficient, the people who are schooled but lacking a concept of nation, and an Executive Branch that is today insistent on control of every arm of government, and willing to suppress those who object?
The mainstream media are also a part of the weakness, endlessly inspiring simplistic, sensationalist thinking. They are weak at acquiring and presenting facts and TEACHING citizens about what is good for them. If the nation is dumb, the media are why. Plus schooling by rote, a dumbed down, lowest-common-denominator education for the masses that misses the ideas of democracy, accountability, sacrifice, honor, and reasoned thinking.
Well, poverty pokes its head up in such aberrations, I suppose.
That the Marcos family is even in the Philippines, and apparently buying its way back into power, is testimony to the broad lack of sharp thinking in the nation. Even its most esteemed leaders and the greater part of the ABC crowd, on this point, are highly skilled at dumb.
It sure seems to me that the entitled and corrupt make sure the nation is “born to lose”. They insist that the Philippines exercise a peculiar social/political self-flagellation all the way to the poor house. Even the importance of law, such as that found in a hard-won UN arbitration hearing that settled what parts of the sea belong to the Philippines, has been set aside, a blunder that ended the nation’s rise to leadership in Asia among nations facing off against China’s incursions.
US intelligence has apparently been given the boot, and so now ISIS is eying the Philippines as a base where it can operate safely to promote its horrifying brand of extortion through terror.
In the global scene, the Philippines is only taken seriously as a place to get resources, for it has riches of minerals and fish and soil good for growing things, and labor. Labor and more labor. Sweat and piecemeal labor. Contract labor. Day labor. Child labor.
One gets the idea that kids are just things in the Philippines.
Oh, and, for global players, the Philippines is a place to establish military bases if conflict erupts . . . but the occupiers of the bases are likely not to be Filipino.
Other than that, what’s the nation good for? Chinese tourists, yes, I forgot them. Chinese businesses; we’ll see a slow invasion. They know cheap beaches and cheap labor when they see it.
But the tragedy, you see, is that it is not really the international players who designate the nation as expendable.
That is done by Filipinos themselves.
It is done by the people who run the nation. The people who can’t seem to convert the promise of all those resources into wealth for citizens so Filipinos can have careers instead of jobs, and jobs instead of sweat labor.
It is done by the masses who have never really experienced the thrill of success, and are resentful about their thankless lot in a land with way too many robber barons. The poor elevate the self-punishment to a fevered pitch, wielding whips of misplaced vengeance to exorcise their bitterness.
Drugs for sure are not what makes the nation expendable. Drugs are a symptom, not the cause of the nation’s smallness of spirit.
Bad thinking, corrupt thinking, is what makes the nation expendable. That is the illness.
Well, we have to get to the bottom line here or we are not doing our job.
The bottom line is this:
- Leaders are fully accountable for leading.
- Leaders operate with a smallness of thought and deed, not with the courage of heroes and patriots.
- They have made the nation expendable, a weak, drug-obsessed leftover in the Asian geo-political scene.