Friday, March 03, 2006

Two Sides

It's the last day of classes before the exams next week, and I'm taking a quick breather before I go back to the humdrum of checking.

The irritating detail about the political mess our country is in is that neither side really evokes strong feelings of sympathy or support from the people.

On one side, the opposition seems to be trying every trick in the book to oust the President, but they're not offering any alternatives to her, whether by proposing a clear platform of ideas, or by presenting a possible leader personality to replace GMA.

Furthermore, the opposition is a hodge-podge of failed political personalities, who represent ideas or leaders who have lost their credibility. What's more is that the opposition is united by only one issue: to oust GMA by any means possible. The political spectrum that makes up the opposition is so diverse and polar, that, should it gain power, it will crumble from within, torn apart by factionalism.

On the other hand, the government has been very heavy-handed in dealing with its enemies. It has attempted to arrest leftist congressmen by raising arrest warrants that pre-date EDSA I; are these still enforceable?

While threatening to clamp down on the media, the government has only really "taken over" newspapers which are openly critical of it, such as the and Daily Tribune and Abante Tonite, although I don't really know how much of a takeover it was, as the Tribune continues to spew out its vitriol on a daily basis.

The personalities who are chosen to speak for the government, such as Presidential Chief of Staff Mike Defensor, and Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, lack credibility, or, at least, the ability to project credibility. Thus, anything that comes out of their mouths is either suspect or blatantly stupid. How can one believe the government with these idiots speaking for it?

Then, of course, there is the President, who has been amazingly arrogant about the whole thing. She has basically stated that she's in power, and she can do anything she damn well wants. And, to the opposition, she says that there's nothing that they can do about it. Such hubris will only polarize the factions further, and leave no room for any middle ground to be reached.

Both sides, the government and the opposition, have shown that they're not the answer to the problems of the country. The big question remains, what now?

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