Native Filipinos who start as pro-people, be they ordinary citizens, soldiers, etc. end up being sell-outs, co-opted to the political circle of (public) corruption. The majority of us the citizenry just talk about it, or hope and pray about it; but do not really do anything about it.
Rather than use the supposed God-given intelligence and/or acquired scientific reasoning, they (we) expect miracles by Jesus, Mary & Joseph and our favorite saints, to come and fix their (our) problems, thanks from the many nonsense handed down and unquestioningly beleived by generations by the friars, their native equivalent priests and/or pastors from the Spanish times through American colonization to today's supposed modern times.
We never learn that these superstitious tricks did not and do not work, then and now. and we wonder why our non-Christian Asian neighbors make us eat dust while they go ahead of us. And they started well behind us..remember...we natives always claim we were #2 to the Japanese? And we believed that bullshit.
NOTE: I paid P270 minimum per day to each of my laborers last year (early 2014) in Laguna project. ( Labor Rate was P244 for our part of Laguna).
Trillanes pays P71,200/month or about P2373 daily = almost 10 days of hard, manual labor by my workers to earn. Or roughly, 264 days to earn the P71,200 he hands his brother each month.
Muhammad Ali, asiide from being THE greatest boxer ever, is a man of great character, courage, intelligence and integrity.
Throughout the years and especially come national election time, we native Filipinos spend enormous time and energy talking about politics, i.e. political criticism; at best and rarely on issues of political independence. At worst, oftentimes and predominantly, on personalities of our politicians at the local and national level.
I say these not to belittle the role of the enraging personal characters and/or public actions of many
However, by such we do not seem to appreciate the fact that economics: national economic development aka political economy is also vastly important and at this point in our history, requires equal, if not more, attention from the native citizenry.
For without economic independence, political independence becomes ineffective and meaningless.
A YEAR AGO SERVES AS A REMINDER (From a 16-year US Congressman & 2-time presidential candidate):
The Real Reason We Are Bombing Syria
by Dennis Kucinich
To sell its case, the administration is borrowing from the fear mongering tactics of the Bush administration. ISIS poses no direct, immediate threat to the United States, yet we are being sold make-believe about ISIS sleeper cells. The American people, who in 2008 searched for something redemptive after years of George W. Bush’s war, realize in 2014 that hope and change was but a clever slogan.
ET AL BY PRAYING SINCE SPANISH TIMES (AD NAUSEAM)
Penoy Aquino "Hide/Suppress or Blame Approach" to Issues. Parang Ugaling Sanggol. hahaha!
Who Is to Blame?..Who Propped him up?....the Catholic Church for one, as usual: as in case of Cora Aquino, Fidel Ramos, and his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Be outwardly pious or kolehiyala or Atenean, all from elitist schools, thus pressing the right buttons of the nuns, priests, etc. and you'll be supported by the hierarchy and religiously/prayerful citizenry.
We've done it (praying for miracles to solve our problems)repeatedly rather than thinking critically and acting since Spanish times to the present. But we still do not realize that "God" wants us to solve our problems not pass on to him/her/it. That's why our Asian neighbors make us eat dust, they don't use prayers, they use reason.
As for his two predecessors, I always wondered why John Paul II is adored and even made a saint (I think the alledged 3rd prediction in the Fatima letter about the assassination attempt on JP2 was bullshit). Benedict XVI was JP2's former henchman and Great Inquisitor, churchwise/theologically and politically as both worked on stopping Liberation Theology, which was flourishing in post-Vatican II/late 1960s to 1980s Latin America
I saw JP2 as a great actor (I identify him with Ronald Reagan). JP2 being Polish was understandably (not same as agreeably) a fervent anti-communist, a right-wing conservative and
politically, as demonstrated by his actions during his long, 25 years "reign."
Stumbled upon and glad to note someone read and shared my blogpost:
The Greek crisis is not the first of a kind, several countires in Latin America like Mexico, Peru, Argentina, etc. have been through such. It was only Argentina which stood its ground.
Anyway, if the Greek finanical crisis piqued your interest, I have updated and reposting here my 2005 post about the IMF, the gatekeeper of and enforcer for the creditor countries. The USA has the controlling votes in the IMF, with its 18-20% shares.
Re Greek ex-Finance Minister:
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