Wednesday, June 30, 2010

On the occassion of today's inauguration of Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III - 15th President of the Philippines

Congratulations Mr. President. A few commentors on AntiPinoy.com take issue with what they perceive to be a relentless "attack" on President-Elect Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III one of whom likened it to the "lunacy of the Salem Witch Hunt".

But consider these things first...

(1) Unlike the Salem witch hunters, the Inquisitors, and the Nazis, the ideas of writers on AntiPinoy.com and other "getrealist" blogs are open to critical challenge. Indeed, it is the whole point of the blog format. The comment threads are open and largely free of any moderation on most of our sites.

(2) For much of its nine-year rule, out-going President Gloria Arroyo's administration was itself subject to a more concerted and well-funded lunacy coming from both the Philippine Media and the cadre of Establishment Bloggers who regularly golfed with this posse.

But for the record I personally would consider Noynoy Aquino a bozo's bozo. Add me to a box of "witchhunters" then, given this categorical declaration coming from me. Noynoy is in a class of politicians probably occupied by only two men -- him and former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada. Between the two of them, they probably capture 99% of the renowned dysfunction of Pinoy culture many of us have been writing about for the past 10 years.

So it's nothing personal. Noynoy is just another bozo who just happened to have walked into our crosshairs and flashed his iconically moronic "L" sign once too often. Whether or not he stays within those crosshairs for the next six years is largely up to him.

[Based on a comment posted on AntiPinoy.com]

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