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Monday, July 30, 2007

Leftist Crap

In reaction to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week, a number of the President’s opponents had some scathing words to share with the public. At least they would have been scathing if they actually made sense.

In particular, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN) head Renato Reyes scoffed at the President’s promises of increased attention to expanding infrastructure. He was quoted in the Philippine Daily Inquirer as saying that infrastructure won’t help Filipinos get jobs.

Um, forgive me if I’m wrong, but aren’t workers needed to put the infrastructure into place? Won’t the increased expansion of infrastructure help create more jobs for jobless Filipinos?

It’s statements like these that make me question the motives of the leftist movement. I know this will sound naïve, but it appears to me that the good of the Filipino people is farthest from the minds of the movement.

The problem I find with the leftist activist movement is that they seem to want the government to do everything for the Filipino people. They appear to want to reduce the Filipino to being mendicants, always expecting a handout from the higher-ups. Won’t the creation of new jobs help instill some pride in our countrymen? Imagine the swelling of chests whenever they pass by a new bridge or new road and say, “I had a hand in that.” Isn’t that a lot better than simply waiting for the next dole-out from the administration?

Another problem I can see is that the leftists are too limited in their world view. I have yet to hear a leftist such as Satur Ocampo or Teddy Casino condemn the wanton killings of policemen or soldiers; the leftist movement, in fact, was silent regarding the killing and beheading of Marines in Basilan. So, Ocampo, Casino and company find the murder of activists a human rights violation, but not the deaths of Marines and police killed in the line of duty? They’re either hypocrites or sociopaths when they adopt such a one-sided view.

Finally, I cannot see the leftist movement contributing to the development of the country, because it seems that they’re more concerned about tearing it apart. Or worse, they see nothing wrong in exploiting the corruption that bedevils the nation. The leftists were very vocal about the evils of the pork barrel funds of our lawmakers, but, once they were elected to the same office, there is nary a peep from them about such evil. I guess money talks, and money talks loudly.

The next time the left-wing side of politics speaks, I'll take it with a huge grain of salt.

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