and yet deprecate agitation
are men who want crops without
plowing up the ground;
they want rain without thunder and
They want the ocean without the
awful roar of its waters.
This struggle may be a moral one
or it may be a physical one
or it may be both moral and physical
but it must be a struggle.
Power concedes nothing without a
It never did, and never will." – Frederick Douglass, AmericanAbolitionist, Lecturer, Author and Slave, 1817-1895)
We native Filipinos far too often indulge in wishful thinking. We have often prematurely rejoiced when our so-called leaders (more aptly ruling elite) in government translate into legislation an ideal that no one could or would put into practice. The results have always been disastrous. An example in particular, the legislation on agrarian reform during President Cora Aquino's regime. Attempts to enforce it have bred contempt for and corruption/sabotage of the law.
The desire for such reform has been aroused because it embodies not only ethical or religious ideals but a system of necessary social reforms. This desire has remained unrealized because mere words have been mistaken for reality.
Since the so-called Philippine independence from our last colonial master America, we Filipinos have congratulated ourselves for the ideals/principles of political equality, universal suffrage and exercise of legislative powers by "elected" representatives. But as they turn out and we must remember, in reality they are only expressed as ideals, paid lip service to.
The absence of national consciousness, more specifically of Filipino nationalism, among the many, if not majority, of our fellow native Filipinos [whether illiterate or so-called educated] and the strong influence of local and foreign masters made/still make the existence of our democratic institutions possible only in theory. As long as the principle was honored, nobody was surprised that it covered up the most authoritarian paternalism (or maternalism too?) or most despotic dictatorship.
Our democratic constitution so liberally proclaimed does not overlook social rights. However, as exemplified by the case of agrarian/land reform, its sketchy enforcement at best or non- enforcement at worst, and the persistence in the rural world of a quasi-serfdom of laborers and peasants keep it an unrealized ideal.
Hacienda Luisita and the farce of Philippine land reform
By Joseph Santolan
7 July 2011
The stench of abused power in these lines is overpowering. The voters will be submitting ballots which clearly identify them to the man whose family owns the land they have tilled and whose bodyguards shot their brothers and sisters only seven years ago.
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