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A Blow By Blow Rebuttal of Rappler’s Defence of the “uneducated” voter

I didn’t expect that my article yesterday will become a hit. As of this day, the battle in the social media rages as several Filipino netizens were disappointed and criticising the 2013 elections. We already knew that the 2013 elections was a joke, but some ‘intellectuals’ are defending the choice of the masses. We know that the voters had again chosen incompetent buffoons to power that will protect only their interests by opposing much needed reforms  and the modernisation of the country. You can read the article through this link.

Well folks, I had read it and I laughed so hysterically. How can a moron misquoted several figures of history and justifying the elections as democratic? This guy probably don’t know what is the difference of “democracy” and “mob rule”. Examples of the latter included the 1986 EDSA coup and our democracy today. The choices of the masses are limited to few competent ones and the rest are monkeys. The mass media has a great degree of influence over the decisions of the voter. We know that most media stations here have biases. Well let’s not waste anytime and this is the Rappler article:

The elections are over and Filipino voters around the world are now waiting for the poll results.

I have been seeing a lot of “educated” voters rant about the unofficial results all over social media. They call the masses “stupid” or “foolish” and even curse those who voted for candidates shunned by the upper and middle classes.

This, I think, is problematic.

First, on the ethical side, this is problematic because it is meddling with people’s decisions.

So what if people vote candidates that you dislike? It’s their choice.

Dude what the fuck is wrong with you? The writer is either high on drugs or a complete bloke who uses flawed logic to justify the choices of the masses. Are you that stupid? Yes it is their choice, but their choice is still stupid in the first place. You cannot use two wrongs to make a right. That is simple logic you motherfucker.  Do you know why I use too much swear in this article? Because I am so pissed off that this moron have a capability to write this piece of elephant turd. Fuck their choice and fuck their stupidity.

As one of my Facebook friends posted, every person has his or her reason for choosing candidates. It may not be the same reason for others who are more connected online, but it is still a reason that must be respected.

As the philosopher Voltaire said, “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” Everyone’s voice deserves to be heard.

The second paragraph made me laugh and felt insulted at the same time. Voltaire will be insulted by this and he will take back his saying if he has the guts to see our ‘democratic’ process for choosing a leader. I will also defend my opinion that the masses are backward and stupid. A typical Filipino masa is no different from the people during his life. Stop it dude, you are insulting one of the greatest philosophers and one of my inspirations why did I taken the pen to clamour for reform and criticise the defects of my country.

The main pioneers of the Enlightenment will laugh at your attempts to defend the recent elections as the choice of the people. Majority of the masses are persuaded not by principles, but rather than by money and their basic necessity just to survive. The politicians are playing a game of mind control to them. That is a sign of stupidity down there.

Secondly, the Philippines is a democratic country and at the heart of a democracy is the belief that everyone is equal. I have seen comments on social media of people wishing that the Philippines would be less democratic so that the “right” people will be in government.

Really? Would they rather prefer a return to the Martial Law era where the “right” people were in place and the Philippines was “prosperous?”

We may not have gotten the results we wanted but that does not mean we are enjoying “too much” democracy. The masses have decided. It’s time to move on and accept this fact.

Well, I will give you some examples of lesser democratic countries that are prosperous: Singapore and China. The people are not only disciplined, but they are also open to changes, unlike us who refuses reforms because of the constraints of some flawed family values, conformity and our depressing educational system. Meiji era Japan was also an example. The Japanese are always open to modernisation.

You made another Marcos reference. Face the fact: Marcos was a failure because he eliminated the oligarchy and created a new one and when he got sick, these people took the  opportunity to seize power. For me, Martial Law was necessary to prevent the country from descending to chaos made by the Communist Party of the Philippines. The battle at that time was whether the Philippines will be governed by a right wing or a left wing dictatorship. We all know they have the same methods of gaining power, we cannot distinguish them from the other.

I somewhat accept the election but moving on? It is a ridiculous idea. Can I remind you that history repeats itself? We are repeating history over and over. We kept electing the same leaders expecting the same results. Isn’t it called insanity? For the second time, your reasoning is flawed and twisted. My ideal government by the way here is enlightened despotism. I would rather live in Singapore style government than reverting back to this parasitic oligarchy.

Class struggle?

I was conversing with a taxi driver on my way to the office two days after the elections. The driver named Ernie was happy that some of his senatorial bets landed in the top 12. When I asked him who his bets were, I was saddened though not shocked. Like most of my peers and colleagues, I considered most of his bets incompetent and irrelevant.

I asked him why he voted the way he did. He said he identified with them and he believed in their capabilities.

Do I consider Ernie stupid for voting the candidates he identified with? Is he “uneducated” for choosing people he believed in? Of course not.

That conversation with him gave me a clear vision of the entire picture. It all boils down to the different and often contradicting perspectives of social classes.

I can say that these “educated” voters on social media are from the middle class. I know because I identify with them. I am saddened, however, by how harsh some of them can judge those unlike them.

In my viewpoint, “educated” is a term being used by the middle class and elite to show their superior intellectual capacity to choose candidates. “Bobo,” on the other hand, is a pejorative term used by the middle class and elite to distinguish themselves from the poor who rely less on platforms and rely more on candidates’ perceived morality.

I, too, have senatorial candidates in mind who I want to be elected. I, too, am saddened by the fact that they did not get into the top 12. But I don’t blame the poor for this. It’s the people’s decision and the bulk of the voters are from their class. We cannot deny this fact.

There are no “bobo” or “enlightened” voters. It’s just a matter of class perspective.

The world is filled with ‘heretical’ ideas waiting to offend stupid people especially the Fliptards here. Well congratulations you have finally revealed your true self. You are an EA (Elitistang Artista). All men are created equal, but in regards to intellectual capacity, they didn’t.  By the way, the upper classes are nothing but twats, most of them are complete blokes. In each revolution, who leads the masses? A sector of the upper and the majority of the middle class. They will conspire to overthrow the old order. I used this example to discredit most of the aspects of the power of the masses.

The reality is very sad for our country. The masses are contented to escape reality for short term pleasures. They are not even concerned of the future. How can the youth be the future of the country if you will discourage them to question the status quo? On your last statement, it exists all around the world, especially in countries with a presidential system. The stupid people will always outnumber the intellectuals. So there is a justification of using the term “bobo” against the stupidity of the current Filipino society.

Do something about it

I think it’s time to move forward and take more progressive steps. Let’s keep an eye on the elected who we do not consider “just” or “competent” and criticize them based on how they use the power entrusted to them in the next 6 years.

For if we rant endlessly about not getting the candidates we want and merely blame those who elected “trapo” or “incompetent” leaders, how different would we be from the politicians who rant and complain about being cheated during elections?

Rizal said, “Tal pueblo, tal gobyerno.” (What the people are, the government is.) We deserve the government and the kind of leaders we get. We put them in place. If our country suffers for the kind of leaders we get, we ought not to blame the poor alone. We all have a part to play.

If members of the middle class want more “educated” voters, they should help shape them.

Enough of talking and ranting, it’s time to work on education. Let’s move toward a more empowered electorate

Actually, there is a point of blaming the masses. I am not alone. I will quote an article from the website Get Real Philippines:

It’s getting harder and harder to feel sorry for Filipinos nowadays. They keep blaming others for their miseries when the fact is they are the ones who vote for the same people who cause much of their miseries. One can be forgiven for saying that Filipino voters are simply stupid, arrogant and just a bunch of losers.

At the moment, there are 178 dynasties ruling 73 of the 80 provinces in the Philippines. Now, that’s a lot. Who voted for these people? The answer: the same people who continue to complain about their wretched lives. Even a convicted plunderer can run again and again for public office. As long as he is popular, he and the rest of his family’s chances of winning are strong. It’s so pathetic.

Every three years the voters have an opportunity to vote for someone new and yet they still choose to vote for the same bozos. If Filipinos are tired of the same families who are running the country, why can’t they demand the end of the ruling of the dynasties? It should be easy enough to do if the clamor to end it is loud enough. The clamor for better candidates should culminate on Election Day, when voters choose someone who doesn’t belong to a ruling elite and someone who holds a true vision for the country.

Some Filipinos think that blaming the candidates is the way to go. Yes, majority of the candidates are taking advantage of the voter’s ignorance. These candidates deserve the scrutiny and some of the valid criticism. However, let us not ignore the fact that the voters are responsible for choosing the candidates.

Take a candidate like Nancy Binay. She is using her father’s popularity to win the election. Some of her critics are actually too harsh on her when they should be directing their anger at the voters. Nancy Binay or Bam Aquino would not even think twice about running if they knew they didn’t have a chance to win – if they knew the voters use their heads. But they know that having a popular family name is enough for them to win. What Nancy or Bam are doing may be unethical or wrong but they are comforted by the fact that it was the people who want them to win.

According to Bobby Tuazon who is the director for policy studies at the Centre for People Empowerment in Governance, the country’s political landscape is “getting worse”. Here’s what he had to say about the mid-term elections:

We have a share of responsibility over this catastrophe. The guy is complaining about our rants, what does he want? Conformity? No way. Thanks to our ‘rantings’, more and more people are clamouring for reform in the social media. More and more people are embracing the Constitutional Reform agenda. More and more people are criticising the defects of our culture and our society. I agree that education is in a very bad shape.

A poor educational system is a main factor why most voters are getting dumber and dumber. But how can we push for educational reform if we will not rant about it or argue for it? As what you have said, this is a democratic country. We have the right to rant about the defects of the society and those who defend it. Please stop the Stockholm syndrome.

The Japanese liberal politician Ryoma Sakamoto argued that in order for Japan to compete to the outside world, they must embrace modernisation including free trade. How can the Congress pass these badly needed reforms if you will continue to justify the stupid voice of the people? It is no different in justifying that there is a Catholic vote. Ryoma’s assassination by the forces loyal to the Tokugawa Shogunate was the main catalyst for the Boshin war, which the Shogunate forces were defeated and the Meiji Revolution began which had changed Japan in all aspects. Do we need these wars for the reforms to push through?

Overall, this Rappler article was a flawed and twisted defence of the ‘uneducated’ voters. It is simply an act of desperation by this guy to justify the current defects of our society. We cannot longer tolerate this and blindly accept it.The late George Carlin said “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups”. Indeed, we must not underestimate David’s ‘masses”. I shall repeat the status again by my friend Darion:

Democracy is bullshit if the majority of the people are idiots and imbeciles who are easily manipulated. But then again,the Philippines is not a democratic country but a monarchy with several families in power.”

I cannot tolerate the stupidity of this guy. He needs to learn how to use rationality properly. He is the combination of all the butthurt Fliptards online. Until then, I see you on my next article. I shall leave you this song by the band Radiohead:

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5 comments on “A Blow By Blow Rebuttal of Rappler’s Defence of the “uneducated” voter

  1. PHguy
    May 16, 2013

    “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are PREPARED to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is EDUCATION.”

    — Franklin D. Roosevelt

    This Lozada is a fucking clown.

  2. xdarkx
    May 16, 2013

    How I wish my mother also reads your articles. What the Rappler article said is pretty much identical to what she’s telling me.

  3. beacapili
    June 9, 2013

    I think he was just trying to defend the defenseless (hence the title). I do not agree with his stance (I think his points are ludicrous especially when he called all the voters in a class society equal) but for him to be called stupid is uncalled for.

    http://bicolouredthoughts.wordpress.com

    • dachronicler
      June 9, 2013

      I am sorry but he deserves it. I am still laughing at our elections. it is a humiliation to democracy. But as Thomas Jefferson said:

      “The tree of liberty shall be filled with the blood of the tyrants”. that time will come madame.

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