1.12.07

Rebel without a cause?


This is my interpretation of what I saw after what happened last Thursday, when Senator-elect Antonio Trillanes IV together with his group tried to instigate the Filipinos to oust our President Gloria M. Arroyo and occupied a 5 star hotel in the financial district of Makati.

Not too long ago, Senator Trillanes together with the so-called Magdalo group of soldiers occupied Oakwood Hotel, also in Makati. Being tried for this crime and imprisoned, he could not serve his term as a senator despite being elected by 11 million people in the recent Senatorial elections.Frustrated, perhaps, these were his thoughts, the day he and General Danny Lim walked out of a court hearing:
When all other rights are taken away, the right of rebellion is made perfect.
-Thomas Paine-

Old forms of government finally grow so oppressive that they must be thrown off even at the risk of reigns of terror.
-Herbert Spencer-

But General Hermogenes Esperon Jr, AFP Chief of Staff and Dir. Gen. Avelino Razon, PNP Chief thought otherwise:
Quell rebellion before it spreads.
-Titus Flavius Vespasianus-

In the light of these recent developments, some Philippine opposition members remain thinking:
An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.
-Henry Clay-

Or perhaps, even think this:
Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.
-An Unattributed Author-

But don't they know that:
There is little hope of equity where rebellion reigns.
-Sir Philip Sidney-

On the other hand:
Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.
-Thomas Carlyle-

I agree that to a certain extent we need:
A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against and not with the wind. Even a head wind is better than none. No man ever worked his passage anywhere in a dead calm. Let no man wax pale, therefore, because of opposition.
-John Neal-

But if it would mean:
Bad as any government may be, it is seldom worse than anarchy.
-Aesop-

I say:
Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; or no power that is not limited by laws can ever be protected by them.
-John Milton-

My take:
We must all hang together or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
-Benjamin Franklin-

AMEN.

and Cheers :-)