Friday, October 04, 2013

Like A Broken Record, She Plays

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People are going to the million people march today in Ayala. And they should! The pork barrel brouhaha's become a beast of utter magnitude, and the government should know what the people have to say about it.

Just, you know, don't expect anything to come out of it.

Oh please. Stop comparing all forthcoming rallies to EDSA. Grow up Philippines. The EDSA Revolution was a peaceful battle, not a rally. There was always the imminent threat that Marcos would pull another Tiananmen Square. People were blocking tanks. Work stopped for an entire week.

And you know why? People were dying. People were being put in jail for all the wrong reasons. Not that it's any different now, but EDSA had an urgency to it that made it work. NOTHING we've done since has had that magnitude - and we should stop trying to recreate the "spirit of EDSA" because nothing can. Everything is going to be different each time around. And what worked before might not work again.

So why do we keep holding these rallies? Because it's the only way we can express our anger over the atrocities of government. But nothing we're currently doing will ever be enough. You know why? Because rallying is a battle, and with every battle, you need to have a strategy. A strategy to at least inconvenience your enemy. If you rally in an area that doesn't really male things harder for your government, then what real reason do they have to listen to you?

The only way you're going to make these kooks in MalacaƱan and the Batasan listen is if you inconvenience them. This is bordering on civil disobedience,but if you want them to stand up and take note, then hitting them where it hurts is the only way you can make them move.

Because at the end of the day, the only way a rally is going to work is if you make sure to leave a mark.

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