Aquino’s is now formally an “ad hominem presidency” – a government dedicated to the demonization and destruction of political opponents and rivals. “Ad hominem” means directed against a person rather than his arguments.
President Aquino crossed into this side of lunacy and arrogance when he announced the other day his plan to lead a People Power uprising to prevent the leading vice-presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. from sitting if elected to office on May 9. He would do so if his ongoing hate campaign against Bongbong Marcos does not dissuade enough voters to prevent Marcos’ election.
Mercifully, Aquino has only 72 days left in office, counting from today. On June 30, it will be “goodbye, farewell and amen” to this man whom Filipinos alternately calls “noynoying” (which means pretending to be busy while doing nothing); “manhid at palpak” (which means unfeeling and incompetent); and BS (which stands for Benigno Simeon, and needs no definition).
Learning from Obama
Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer first used the phrase “ad hominem presidency” in 2013 to describe President Barack Obama’s administration because of its policy of denigrating and demonizing his Republican opponents and media critics, and subjecting conservative groups to discriminatory action by the US justice department.
Krauthammer wrote: “For years the administration has conducted a concerted campaign to demonize Fox News (disclosure: for which I am a commentator), delegitimizing it as a news organization, even urging its ostracism….
“No one goes to jail for creating such a climate of intolerance. Nor is it a crime to incessantly claim that those who offer this president opposition and push-back – do so only for ‘politics,’ power and pure partisanship, while the Dear Leader devotes himself exclusively to the nation, the middle class, the good and just.
“It’s not unlawful to run an ad hominem presidency. It’s merely shameful. The great rhetorical specialty of this president has been his unrelenting attribution of bad faith to those who disagree with him. He acts on principle; they from the basest of instincts.”
Aquino’s version of ad hominem administration takes demonization to a higher level, viz:
Filing plunder charges against his political opponents, notably former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and keeping them in jail or under detention.
Impeaching a sitting chief justice of the Supreme Court (Renato Corona).
Sticking the Ombudsman on opponents to dig up dirt and file charges against them.
Using crony media to publicize his campaigns against opponents.
Deploying the service of crony schools and crony corporations to badmouth opponents and mount phony civil-society actions.
Stopping Bongbong Marcos
Many have tasted the lash of this Aquino policy, but none more severely than the Marcoses, particularly Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.
Not content with having a full-time agency, the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), dedicated to the family’s destruction and with the fruits of three decades of persecution and prosecution, he has now upped his hate game to prevent the younger Marcos from being elected Vice-President.
Marcos, Jr. has become a special target because he is a senator of the Republic and he has distinguished himself as one (especially by bucking Aquino’s lunatic projects). And now he is considered by almost everyone as the frontrunner in the vice-presidential race in the May elections. And there is talk of his inevitable rise to the presidency, like the scions of former Presidents in other Asian countries.
Most believe that only brazen electronic cheating can prevent Marcos’s election. If tried, this could provoke serious political turmoil and upheaval.
This is the reason Aquino has come up with the lunatic idea of using people power to prevent Marcos’s accession to the vice presidency.
The big problem is that Marcos is a more astute politician and better leader than BS Aquino.
No Martin Luther King, no JPE, no FVR
If Aquino calls for people power to stop Marcos, will the people join him? It could be a party which no one will bother to attend.
The only ones he can count on are the usual suspects – oligarchs, cronies, and political friends who are already feeding at the trough.
How many can be induced to attend a rally at EDSA or Rizal Park?
Aquino should recognize that many of his former supporters now feel serious voter’s remorse over his election in 2010. They will not march with him.
Vice-President Binay, who marched at EDSA, has publicly rejected the very idea.
Aquino should remember, too, that his mother, President Cory Aquino, tried to use people power against the Philippine Senate during its vote on the renewal of the Philippines-US military bases treaty. She was crushed.
If BS marches to prevent the proclamation of Bongbong, he will most likely march alone. He himself might not attend.
He is no Martin Luther King.
He is not even Juan Ponce Enrile or Fidel V. Ramos.
He is probably counting on the Sereno court to side with him in this shameless effort to cheat Bongbong of victory. If the justices could be cowed and bought to give Grace Poe the green light to run for President, they could be cowed and greased again.
Only Aquino’s election matters
Aquino forgets why we have elections, and why our people so ardently take part in elections (to the tune of 90 percent turnout). The key reason is that we need elections to halt an agenda that the public does not like. We value the chance and the opportunity to change our leaders.
In his narcissism, President Aquino thinks that only his election to the presidency matters. The election of others is of no moment. He is telling us: “I have the power and the rest of government be damned.”
He believes in his policies even when they do not work. He clings to the fantasy of success in daring the presidential candidates, “Beat my achievements.”
But it is all a delusion in his deranged mind. Aquino is not the Republic. He is only our chief of state for his brief and temporary term.
The expiry date of this ad hominem presidency is up.