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By Nef Luczon
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
“ONE always claims/ Mistakes were planned/ When risk is slight/ One takes one's stand/ With much sleight of hand/ Politics – the art of the possible.// One has no rules/ Is not precise/ One rarely acts/ The same way twice/ One spurns no device/ Politics – the art of the possible.”
These are the lyrics of “The Art of the Possible” made by Tim Rice with music composed by Andrew Lloyd Weber as part for the musical “Evita,” that became a popular theatre production in the late 70s and eventually led to the 1996 film adaptation starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas, and Jonathan Pryce who coincidentally shares a close resemblance to the first Argentine Pope Francis.
The play and film highlights the glorious days of Eva Peron, the second wife of Col. Juan Domingo Peron who brought their country Argentina to the age of “Peronism.” After World War II, their political party, Partido Justicialista, pushed for social justice, economic independence, and political sovereignty.
But the universal law even in the annals of history keeps on reminding us, that whoever rises in power, will eventually come down, and so the era of the Perons ended, and put President Peron in exile. Even the Peronist idealism was banned for quite a long time, before he returned to resume presidency several decades later.
Even out there, political survival is a serious matter to consider, it’s like addiction that is hard to discontinue and if necessary politicians need to create their alter egos just to continue what has started, be it in good faith or in “good faith but with some additional perks.”
Try to observe those who are running in the local and national office right now, if they really are for public service or mere political survival just to stay in power.
Some Filipinos did not like how Warner Brothers staged a promotional strategy of a fake TV news grab of “Kaijus” (gigantic monsters) releasing excrements in the city of Manila. The picture of the promotional material shows backhoes trying to gather the monster’s poop with a character generation template that reads: “Breaking News (Live): Kaiju excrement contaminates city/Manila Philippines,” with the obviously misspelled “Philippines” word.
The promotional material is part of the film production’s science fiction action movie “Pacific Rim,” that involves robots and monsters fighting for humanity’s imperfection, because “today, we are cancelling the apocalypse.”
Sometimes, the patriotic ego of some Filipino brothers and sisters has already become annoying. But isn’t Manila, and the rest of country facing a reality of dirt and disorganized slums? And seriously, our country needs more excrement cleaning beginning in the Congress and some government agencies. That’s why about time to take the first steps this coming May 13.
(Nef Luczon is a freelance journalist and a part-time communications faculty and trainer. He is also a film and art enthusiast. Read his blog at Nefoi.blogspot.com and send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 10, 2013.