“Thou shalt not steal”… WITH NO STYLE.
Remember how in Ancient Sparta a thief was punished not so much for stealing, but for lacking the necessary stealth and cunning so as to be caught in the act!!!
I personally have nothing against Graft and Plunder. After all, it’s Filipino political tradition — if not actually an international one!!! Without any exceptions, I daresay. Nothing new. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” But for chrissakes, Do It with Style!!!
American journalists coined the terms “Teflon” and “Velcro” to connote two types of political personalities: The “Teflon” personality is besieged by scandal but it “slicks off” easily like former US presidents Bill Clinton [ Monica Lewinsky scandal ] and Ronald Reagan [ Iran-Contra scandal ] and our own General President Fidel Ramos. The “Velcro” personality is besieged by scandal but it “sticks stubbornly” like… well, our very own.
A still very rich cousin of his snapped: ”I have no sympathy at all for Him. What a disgrace. As you said, he had to bring home the bacon. And when his mother died, there was very little of the bacon left. He has made up for it, crassly of course. Part of it is that he looks like an oversized “pork boy” and she a pygmy. No style!!! And his choice of “queridas” are none too impressive either. The man just hasn’t got ‘grace’.”
Then there’s the Pipsqueak. He must keep silent because the Palace holds him by the neck, as they know an ultimate, unspeakable truth about him which could demolish his whole world in an instant.
And the Tattletale. Talk about “Poor Unfortunate Soul” [ to quote Ursula the villainness in Disney's "Little Mermaid" ]. For the life of pragmatic Me, I simply cannot imagine what behooved this man to place his life, family, and entire universe in “clear and imminent danger.” Wouldn’t it have been better for him if he just played along and kept silent??? Yes, he did it for the Philippines and for his countrymen. I feel like telling him: “Wake up and smell the coffee!!!” It’s not worth it, and all you have to do is look at all the political vermin to see why. For all the ultimate sacrifice of National Hero Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, We needed him Alive, not Dead. We need him now more than ever.
Ironically, it is during times like these that I “wax nostalgic” about The Dictator and his First Lady. Now, they had GREAT STYLE [ at least politically ]. Any “scandale” simply fizzled out with a smooth, champagne-like fizz. Any critic of his administration simply disappeared the next day. Without any trace. Savoir-Faire nonpareil!!!
Then there was the General President: All he had to do was smile, signal two thumbs up, and declare “Philippines 2000!!!” and all scandals would just fade into thin air!!!
Now, why should these guys have all the fun??? We should all storm Malacanan* Palace, NOT to oust the President, but to demand our “commissions” as well!!! The more the merrier!!! *LOLSZ!!!*
“Row, row, row your boat, gently down the stream… merrily, merrily, merrily… Life is but a Dream…”