Friday, April 15, 2011

Aristocracy and democracy

This is simply meant to reflect on the incongruous paring of aristocracy and democracy—without necessarily thinking of some families vis-à-vis people in general, without automatically making reference to certain highly favored and distinct individuals holding high and sensitive offices in government in relation to the populace in general.

This is intended to point out that there is definitely something queer, strange and/or suspicious when aristocrats assume governance over commoners, i.e., when wealthy and influential dynasties rule over the poor and miserable. And the reservation with the pairing rests on the empirical fact that aristocracy does not or cannot understand—much less realistically accept—the fundamental equality of human persons which is the anchorage of real and living democracy.

This country is proud to claim that it has a democratic form of government long since. And in essence, democracy is government from the people, by the people and for the people. Where then is aristocracy in democracy?

The Philippines proudly proclaims that it’s people as a whole is sovereign in their decision making and the pursuant enactment of laws for their own common good and public welfare. Where then is aristocracy in democracy?

The democratic People of the Philippines are already poor and hungry, and are in fact becoming even poorer and hungrier. There is now a seeping spirit of mendicancy among them. Where then is aristocracy in democracy?

Saying it more clearly, the multi-million common Filipino people have been long since big losers in their governance by aristocrats, i.e., very rich and powerful families, distinctly educated and favored dynasties, individuals with their feet above ground reality, with their heads in Cloud 9. These are aristocratic clan members who are basically insensitive to the plight of the hungry, the lot of the homeless, the misfortune of the weak and ignorant.

And stating it more bluntly, Filipinos in general better stay quiet and stay still when they continue to “elect” aristocrats in their supposedly democratic country—when they allow themselves to be mesmerized by aristocratic figures during “election”. The two key words are deliberately quoted when the Filipino electorate allow themselves to be duped by candidates from the aristocracy making popular campaign declamations, shouting populist electoral platforms. They are fun to hear, pleasant to behold. But sorry! They do not know what they are saying. Please think deep and well—and conclude for yourselves what the truth is about the so called “Philippine Democracy”. It’s your turn.

OVCRUZ, JCD
15 April 2011