In the run-up to the Yellow Emperor’s first-ever SONA, certain Noynatics are pissed off with the Philippine Left. Some conveniently forget the constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of peaceful assembly and question why Leftists have to march in the streets. Some conveniently forget the constitutionally-guaranteed freedom of speech and blast Leftists for not parroting their uncritical practice of a honeymoon period.It is a
So why then is the Left going back to the streets on the 26th?
The Left has literally outlived a dictator, ousted two presidents, and in the case of the armed Left, frustrated dozens of military deadlines to crush it. It has gone beyond the fall of the Soviet Union, and blew every prediction that the Left would go down with it.
By virtue of its existence, the Philippine Left has a sense of collective memory and history. It is possibly, and most probably, the only political entity in our country today who has such.
To the question of why the Left will march on Monday, the answer is that there is no other way for it to go about.
It has seen everything: open dictatorships, undeclared dictatorships, post-Edsa presidents, popularly-elected presidents. Its analysis of Philippine society being essentially unchanged through the decades is shared by many, even by a majority, even if they do not share the same conclusion.
Why then should the Left refrain from marching in the streets on the 26th? It certainly has no illusions about the new presidency, why should it act as if it did, just because the Noynatics do? It’s like the people in The Emperor’s New Clothes. None are willing to rock the boat, even if it makes them all look stupid.
In fact, the Noynatics should be thankful: the Philippine Left, based on its actions and pronouncements, is being very kind. By carrying a ‘People’s Agenda’ as its main rallying cry on Monday, it is actually giving the Yellow Emperor a chance that the latter doesn’t really deserve. It is actually giving Noynoy the benefit of the doubt. It is actually helping the new administration secure its popularity by pinpointing the means to appease the peoples’ needs.
So why are the Noynatics up in verbal arms?
Because secretly, they have already admitted to themselves that even such a well-meaning ‘People’s Agenda’ is bad for their emperor. Can Noynoy address problems such as the lack of land reform, the education system, an out-of-control military, widespread poverty, etc.? If he could, then there is no reason for Noynatics to wish that the ‘People’s Agenda’ be stopped, right?