- NOTE: This article was first posted on my old site on Feb. 22, 2011.
Is there any difference- or similarity- between the social programs of the newly elected University of the Philippines president Alfredo Pascual and of the fascist lawmakers who strongly push for the passage of the Reproductive Health bill now known as the Responsible Parenthood bill?
The answer is YES on both aspects. The two parties have both major similarities- and they have ONE big difference.
Both the new UP president and the RH bill solons promised to deliver the common good. Pascual hopes to bring more public goods to UP while the RH bill lawmakers undertake to bring more welfare to poor people, particularly women.
Both the UP president and the anti-population solons rely on government subsidy and taxpayers’ money. Both parties understand that they need more public funds to realize their welfare statist goals. Pascual aspires to make UP a “great university” by means of more public funding while the RH bill lawmakers want to look so generous and good in the public eye by spending other people’s money.
- Watch this YouTube video of Rep. Edcel Lagman.
Both parties believe in the ultimate power of the state or the government to bring about what they call “the common good” or “public welfare.”
Both parties rely on Marxist rhetoric. The pro-population control lawmakers believe that overpopulation and poverty have verifiable link, a rhetoric that is part of the modern-day Marxist gospels in the areas of sociology, political science and liberal arts. Pascual, based on his vision statement entitled “Remaking a Great University: UP in the 21st Century”, believes that there is a need to serve the poor and to support his “great” public education institution by means of some political measures.
Both parties are strong advocates and proponents of the politics of “common good”, which remains an undefined and undefinable concept. In fact, “common good” is an anti-concept because it is a logically impotent term designed to replace and obliterate some legitimate concept. There can be no “common good” when its delivery by the state or by means of some political action logically and necessarily results in the violation of some people’s rights and freedom. This is the case of the RH bill or the Responsible Parenthood bill. The expressed intents of the bill to serve the welfare of the poor and women would logically and necessarily lead to the disregard of the fundamental rights of some groups of individuals, namely, employers, health care providers, people in both the government and the education sector, and even ordinary citizen who may be penalized for an undefined and undefinable crime termed by Rep. Edcel Lagman as “malicious disinformation” of the intent and provision of the bill.
This is also the case of Pascual’s evil, statist vision, as he admits that it requires more taxpayers’ money.
However, the two parties differ in terms of honesty and admission of their respective political agenda.
On the part of Pascual, he openly proposed that his vision for UP requires an increase in the corporate income tax and other taxes. Pascual’s statist vision states: “In funding the plan implementation, one possible source that can be explored is the corporate income tax, among others. A certain percentage of this tax may be earmarked.”
How brutally honest.
However, the RH bill lawmakers are still in state of denial despite the fact that many sectors claim that their legislative proposal requires more than three-billion pesos, not more than 700-million pesos as already approved by the Committee on Appropriations. No one has the guts and courage in Congress to admit that their bill would need more taxpayers’ money in the future considering the many RH services and elements and the number of welfare recipients who would be covered by the bill in the future. This is very much expected since the bill seeks to make parents and the people more dependent on government hand-outs and extorted/looted goods from the productive and successful.
However, it is very much alarming that only a few enlightened people (me included) fully understand the unintended consequences of the bill on our rights and freedom. Only a very people have the intellectual ability to grasp the many fascist, statist provisions of the bill. That the bill seeks to violate the following constitutionally guaranteed rights:
- Equal protection under the law
- The rights and freedom of employers
- The rights and freedom of doctors and health care providers
- The rights and freedom of parents to decide on their own
- The rights and freedom of the people to say NO to government intrusion into family homes and people’s private lives.
- The rights and freedom of young students against state-imposed sex education
- The people’s right to free speech and freedom of expression
- Everybody’s right to be left alone
- Everybody’s right against any probable imposition of higher or new taxes
- The right to freedom of choice, which is being perverted and destroyed by Rep. Edcel Lagman and his stupid ilk
Tell your lawmakers to BACK OFF before it’s too late!