By: Elena Grace Flores
Many Duterte supporters justify the president’s foul mouth with the faults of previous leaders. This is not Filipino values. Majority of the citizens of the Philippines still believe that good manners and diplomacy are essential in the presidency despite Duterte’s victory. This is in line with Michelle Obama’s recent speech:
[VIDEO]: Michelle Obama hits it when she stresses out that a president must be the role model of the youth. How can Filipinos teach good manners to their children when they hear the President swears a lot? Youtube video by: Reflect
A matter of Expression?
Many have tolerated President Rodrigo Duterte’s swearing and foul words in public but this is still wrong. He is inspired to repeat them because of the crowd’s laughter and clapping. In truth, majority of Filipinos detest it. There’s no way teaching our children to do the same just because the president is doing it. Do you agree?
Far Too Noisy
Duterte’s ally, Senator Richard Gordon advises the president to mellow it down. Aside from destroying his image, it’s like he’s giving the International Criminal Court a reason to bring him to court. Any words spoken that incite or inspire killings is punishable by law. It is a crime against humanity especially when coming from a president.
Values over Idolatry
Some supporters of the President who are dismayed by the previous administration seek refuge in Duterte’s opposite style. His lack of diplomacy and carelessness in disclosing suspects in the illegal drugs trade were applauded. Only to know later that the drug matrix was not updated. Many were wrongly accused and his sorry cannot bring back anymore their ruined reputation.
Good Manners are still the Filipinos’ Priority
Filipino values have remained despite Duterte’s reign. His undiplomatic ways have actually divided the nation. Gong forward, it is important that the president takes this plea into consideration. The basic thing that Filipinos act is for him to be like a statesman – that can be a role model for our children. Is it too much to ask?
By: Elena Grace Flores
First Lady Michelle Obama laid out the basic standards for leaders today. She criticizes Donald Trump who’s running for president but noted to throw hateful language on women. Shocking and demeaning remarks are not just acceptable.
Michelle Obama’s EPIC Speech on Trump’s sexiual behavior stressed that hateful and demeaning language belittling women is not acceptable especially coming from a presidentiable.
Sexually Related Bragging
A powerful man who wants to be president should not be bragging about the sexual assaults he has done. This makes women feel so small and uncomfortable. If he is elected, Americans are teaching their children that it’s okay to do so.
Children’s Bad Influence
Obscene talks, inciting violence and disrespects in Trump’s campaign trail shown on TV do not give good examples to the children who are watching. They are also worrisome to young men who are seeking for role models. Basic human decency is gone if Trump wins. They are mostly anti-Obama voters.
Enough is Enough
Voting for Trump is an insult to decent men everywhere. American families try so hard to educate children against vicious manners. To let Trump win means voters contradict their teachings on what it means to be a man. America can have a president that has better manners than a 4 year old behavior.
Hillary Clinton is Strong
A strong man does not have to let down a woman to glorify himself. Anti-Obama voters might not understand this. Even a six year old knows that one can’t be a president if he calls someone a pig. No one can be as qualified as Hillary Clinton as the next President of America. She is strong and never quits in her life especially when the going gets tough.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Michelle Obama’s speech during the opening night of the Democratic National Convention was so heartfelt and gracious thus getting praises from both the Democrats and Republicans including Donald Trump because all her comments against the opposing side also bring America together.
However Fox News historian Bill O’Reilly wanted to have clarification with regards to the line below:
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” Obama said. “And I watch my daughters—two beautiful, intelligent, black young women—playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters and all of our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”
O’Reilly was fascinated by Obama’s “referring to the evolution of America in a positive way.” But he then proceeded to fact-check her statement in a way that appeared to excuse the US government’s use of slave labor.
“Slaves that worked there were well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802,” he said. “However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well. Got it?”
After all, what seemed to be the worst criticism on Michelle Obama’s 2016 Democratic National Convention address is really not bad at all, just adding a bit of facts and opinion. Even the negative mentions in her speech bring back American nationalism, who can criticize that?
By: Elena Grace Flores
Republican Rick Wilson saw their party’s missing elements from Michelle Obama’s speech. He was reminded by the first lady that a passionate speech with heart, poetry and grace remains a howitzer in the digital-age political arsenal. When it may be true that Donald Trump excited some voters with his way of brutal talking but deep within, can’t help realization to surface – that it’s not how Americans are or how they would like to be perceived.
This is not different in the Philippines when only those who are avid fans of President Rodrigo Duterte who are fond of his threatening words to those who would disobey his policies will take time in watching his SONA speech on You-tube just to have a laugh over his usually funny ad-lib. Humorous but not necessarily significant. In fact, it pissed off the Communist Party of the Philippines’ leader despite his lobbying them – when he declared a ceasefire and announced it as part of the State of the Nation Address. It went ahead and created terror in Basilan that killed a military man. President Duterte then gave them an ultimatum to explain or else he would cancel the ceasefire which they deliberately ignored to show Duterte that he cannot hold their neck. He might be passionate in his speech but he was no way graceful. His boastfulness is just irritating triggering further conflicts. On the other hand in America…
USA Today reported: As a Republican who pays attention to how the other side wins, I’ve spent a lot of time fighting to drag my party out of the stone-knives and bear-skins era of politics. America is screen-agnostic, and the accelerating future isn’t about destination television with Mom, Dad and 2.25 adorable scamps watching Family Guy in the blue glow of the widescreen. But even now, the power of a great speech can have real political impact.
In the age of Donald Trump and his shoot-from-the-lip, we-don’t-need-no-stinking-consultants campaign, his supporters are embracing what Tom Nichols calls The Death of Expertise. Field operations? Nah. Television and digital ads? Those are for RINOs. Data and voter targeting? They’ve got Trump’s Twitter account for that. Fed on a steady diet of revenge fantasies against the “elites” who won almost 1,000 elected offices for Republicans in the era of Obama, Trump Republicans are proud to be rid of the tools and techniques that won the White House.
As important, the post-Republican Trump party has left the ancient power of rhetoric and speech-writing behind. There was no cohesion or strategic underpinning to the speeches in Cleveland, and with a few exceptions, the Republican convention speakers were a hot rhetorical mess. Closing with a nearly incoherent Castroesque 76-minute shoutfest, delivered with the volume and hate turned up to 11, told viewers that the art of Republican speech-writing is in mortal danger. This was no shining city on a hill but a dumpster fire on a burning tire pile.
Monday night, the first lady reminded this Republican that a passionate speech with heart, poetry and grace is still one of the most powerful and effective tools in the political toolbox. It was the instrument of the speech itself that impressed me, not its politics. Even if you’re not a Michelle Obama fan, it was authentically her voice, beautifully crafted and strategically on point.