Monday, June 22, 2009

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales proposes revolutionary government

National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales proposed that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo be part of a military-backed transition government that would reform the electoral system and amend the Constitution—all before the 2010 elections.

He said the “revolutionary” government could be patterned after the one established by former President Corazon Aquino as soon as see assumed the presidency following the 1986 People Power revolt.

Gonzales further said that President Arroyo should be part of the revolutionary government which should also include the leadership of the two houses of Congress, the judiciary, and the Church.

Gonzales, who also heads the Partido Demokratiko Sosyalista ng Pilipinas (PDSP), said discussing his proposed revolutionary government was better than speculating on whether Arroyo would seek a House seat or whether her allies would succeed in fiddling with the Charter.

To which, as my good friend LPGD would say, "Bobo ka ba?" (Are you stupid?)

Isn't this already the case? Gloria is backed by the military and so much so that she's giving promotions left and right to those who supported her usurpation of the Presidency in 2001. She is already ruling with impunity through the stamp pad that is the House of Representatives. And as far as the Supreme Court is concerned, she appointed almost all the Supreme Court Justices.

I realize that by picking on this I may have already fallen into a trap which is meant to stir up and confuse people even more.

Do you realize how stupid Gonzales' suggestion is?

First, a revolutionary government assumes that there is a revolution. A revolution usually entails replacing the status quo with a new order.

This is the first time I've heard of someone proposing a revolution to MAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO. Perhaps what Gonzales really wants President Arroyo to do is to suspend all rights and privileges under the Philippine Constitution, and in fact, install a dictatorship.

Then again, Gonzales may be admitting that this is really Gloria's intent.

Just as much as I hate the idea of the military fomenting a revolt (for whatever reason), I hate the idea of Gloria perpetuating herself beyond her term which ends in 2010.

Revolution is a right and a duty of every citizen of this country whenever the government persists in its abuses and what the form of these abuses grow so vile that there is no other recourse but to revolt.

If there is anything that we have to consider, it is this passage from the American Declaration of Independence:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

How much more abuse do we need to suffer? How much longer?

We can wait for 2010, but we cannot wait forever.

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