We beg the
indulgence of our readers around the world. This week's editorial if aimed
at Filipino-Americans who go to the polls on November 4.
1620 when the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, people the world over have
migrated to America in search of a better life. Filipinos are no exception.
In the '70s and '80s Filipinos who were able to, left for the U.S. to escape
the tyranny of the Marcos regime; today they leave is to escape the poverty
and the lack of opportunity in their homeland. Whatever the reason, Filipino
migrants quickly shed their old habits and attitudes and embrace American
culture. And for the most part, those who—as former President Bill Clinton
put it—"work hard and play by the rules" are amply rewarded.
the freedom and the egalitarianism they experience in America. You don't
need to know someone or have "padrinos" in high places to get ahead.
You move up the economic ladder on your own initiative. America gives
everyone a level playing field and a fair shot at the "American dream." And
unlike the Philippines, no one is above the law, no matter how rich or
powerful they are.
It is thus with grave
concern that progressive Filipino-Americans view the creeping changes taking
place in the country they now call "home." The Republican Party it seems has
been taken over by right-wing extremists who appear hell-bent on changing
everything that America stands for.
The once large and thriving
middle class that gave America its refreshing egalitarian bent is being
systematically decimated, replaced by billionaires and large corporations
who have the wherewithal to "buy" elections and manipulate political
sentiment. Legislators who once focused only on their constituents are now
forced to pander to moneyed interests who (because of the U.S. Supreme Court
ruling in Citizens United v. FEC) now have the power to easily remove them
If conservative Republicans
have their way, America will be a less inclusive, less tolerant, plutocracy
where the vast majority have little or no say in government and only the
rich and powerful get a fair shake. Social safety nets set up decades ago
like Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment Insurance will be dismantled
or significantly scaled back so that everyone—even those incapable of
fending for themselves—will be forced either sink or swim.
That is not the country
that Filipino immigrants migrated to. That is more like the country they
left behind. In the Philippines, the wealthy operate above the law as most
judges and government officials are readily bribed.
There are no social safety nets in the Philippines: Hospitals routinely turn
away the indigent who show up in their emergency rooms. And if you're old
and retired, you move in with relatives (if you're lucky enough to have one
willing to take you in) or you end up homeless.
Moneyed Filipinos and
powerful politicians on the other hand get all kinds of perks reserved only
for them. Despite their wealth, senators, congressmen, judges, and other
high government officials receive huge discounts on whatever they
buy—sometimes they even get it for free. The "dons" and "doñas"
rule with impunity... everyone else is nothing but an afterthought.
If you want to see what
America will be like if right-wing Republicans have their way, look at the
Philippines today. In the 1950s the Philippines was second only to Japan and
ahead of all its Southeast Asian neighbors. Look at it today; a land of
unfulfilled expectations and missed opportunities where only the rich have
everything and everyone else has nothing.
So Filipino-Americans, do
the right thing and vote Democratic. Keep America the great country it has
always been. After all, it's the reason you migrated there in the first
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(Topic: Why Filipino-Americans Need to Vote Democratic on November 4)
Name: Peter Demo
Your article hit the nail
right on the head. Republicans are a danger to the country. They want to take
America back to the dark ages. Pinoys like me will feel unwelcome once
republicans take over completely.
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I should commend PNL for giving
Filipino residents and voters of America a little space to discuss politics and conditions here in the USA. Unlike other migrant communities
Filipinos are so low profile. Attempts to make them into a political force, just like other minority groups started with a bang but eventually ended in a whimper. If only
Filipino residents of the States would unite from East to West and move as one we could be a force to reckon here in the States. But why are we not? Well, that's another Topic for another Editorial for another day.
City/State/Country: Sunshine state
Democrats are what made
America great. Republicans seem self centered and selfish. just want to keep all
for themselves. All my friends are democrats and will on election day the dems
will prevail I'm sure.
IP Address: 18.104.22.168
1) The TEA PARTY is the worst thing that could happen to the working middle class. Initially they appeared intent to fight govt. excess. But as they evolved their purpose showed that they were more harm than good to the middle class. Their objective is to stop the govt. from further taxing them (the Rich) because they are sick of the money being given away to "poor" Americans (think Welfare). They do not care about the middle class which, w/out the Tea Party will bear the brunt of govt. expense. The inevitable result would be to create only 2 Classes in US Society.
The Haves and the Have-nots. Just like in the 3rd world countries..
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