“The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions.
The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies.” 
I recently encountered an opinion in the Inquirer which made me think of how many times I have been trying to get the same message across to the people of the Philippines. I was also forced to ask myself, “Why do I — along with so many others — have to keep repeating the same thing, over and over again, and with little or no effect?“
And the only answer I could come up with was the fact that the people are just plain stupid. Now this is not meant to say that the entire country is filled with idiots (Although I have run into many foreigners and Filipinos alike, that will argue my last statement). But they are stupid in a more well-rounded combination of arrogance and ignorance. Thus, the nation has produced a near endless stream of people who literally believe their shit don’t stink.
So before I pull out what remaining hair I have on my head, here is the Inquirer article…
I beg to differ with Godofredo Peteza’s views on politicians as “a basic foundation of democratic institutions” (“Pols needed, but political dynasties ruin democracy,” Letters, 10/15/14). Peteza seems to have forgotten a basic principle: It is the people who form the base, bedrock and foundation of any political system or government. The simplest yet most profound definition of a democracy is that it is “a government of the people, by the people, for the people.” There can be no government and no politician in the absence of the people. The people are both the subject (in the context of them being a basic matter of thought or discussion) and object (the end toward which thought or action is directed) of governance.
Peteza said that “without the politicians, government tends to become autocratic.” But aren’t we, in fact, already in thrall of an autocracy of political dynasties and pocket empires? The network, the spider’s web, of political families by which the Filipino people are kept in a stranglehold is autocracy in action and practice.
Peteza, seemingly writing from the planet Mars, had this bit of a fantasy: “In a democratic government like we have today, the citizens regardless of status are guaranteed by the Constitution equal treatment before the law.” He can tell that to the American Marines currently “visiting” the honkytonks of Olongapo! Everybody knows for a fact that citizens of this country do not enjoy equal rights and equal treatment before the law.
Corrupt politicians and avaricious businessmen conspire and help each other steal public funds with impunity, totally unafraid of prosecution and punishment. The rich carry on as if they are more equal than the rest of the populace, most of whom enter the gates of heaven with their tongues sticking out, having died from sheer overwork and hunger.
Here in the Philippines, the rich and the powerful have all the fun, as even their pet pigs wallow in air-conditioned luxury, while the hoi polloi huff and puff in the sweltering heat of abject poverty and destitution. We hear stories about the filthy rich taking milk baths in bathtubs that also double as repositories of dirty money. Most of the so-called “public servants” eat cake rendered extra rich and moist by graft and corruption, while the poor they are supposed to serve, eat stinking, rotten food taken straight out of the garbage bins.
The worth and integrity of any government or political system is determined by how well the leadership governs its people. You can call this government a democracy all you want, but for as long as the people are hungry and poor, unhappy and miserable, what you have is nothing but a rundown rickety train inching ever so slowly down a crooked railroad on a long day’s journey into nightmare. Politicians, especially the corrupt, oppressive and autocratic kind that we have more than enough of in the Philippines, blight and poison us all! Political dynasties must be outlawed and all these evil pocket empires dismantled. 
So what about it folks? Since the same message came from one of your own, do you think it might just sink in? I mean, my being a foreigner seems to drive most of you to think that as such, I have no clue of Philippine politics or its people. Well, at the risk of raining on your silly, bullheaded parade. I have to say, “I do know more than you think.” In fact, there is an entire boatload of us foreigners and Filipinos who together, have been trying to beat reality into your stubborn little heads.
- You certainly have no clue what-so-ever of how to independently govern yourselves.
- You’re absolutely brain-dead to the concept of what a democracy truly is.
- Your patronage mentality towards your political figures is what keeps you all divided as a nation.
- Like an addict, you practically thrive on the idiocy of the political shysters you elect year-after-year. Decade-after-decade.
- You publicly denounce most foreign nations as evil doers. And yet cry like babies when you need to be coddled or protected from another encroaching Asian Superpower.
In my personal opinion. Like Guam and Puerto Rico, you goofs need to re-consider the obvious advantages of being an American colony. Or anyone’s colony, for that matter. The tax revenue alone would number in the billions of dollars. The employment rate would skyrocket to the heavens above. Poverty would definitely plummet. Your military would receive an endless array of support, training and modern equipment. And the political dynasty’s and other elitist groups that you all “claim” to hate so much, would collapse into oblivion.
Thus achieving the much needed respect you seem to think you deserve from Asia and the world. Socially, economically and politically.
It’s your call….
 Bertolt Brecht, Politically Poetic Genius
 Antonio Calipjo Go, Academic Supervisor, Marian School of Quezon City