- You may view the actual conversation HERE.
This is how a clueless advocate of parliamentary system in the Philippines argues and understands American politics.
The image below shows Mr. Orion P. Dumdum is fond of inventing stories and falsehood to back his claim that parliamentary system is superior to what he calls ‘presidential system’. He argued that Philippine poverty proves that presidentialism is an inferior system and that we must replace it with the British system.
A royalist, he even said that he had “thoughts on that possible option of a “Royalist” Philippines with the Bourbon King of Spain as “de jure” Head of State…”
Here’s his royalist plan for the Philippines:
I thought about that before as a PRAGMATIC option noting that King Juan Carlos of Spain is already currently very very active in promoting Philippine Interests in a basically informal capacity as “friend of the Philippines.”
He’s very active in negotiating with Kings or Emirs from the Middle East regarding commuting the sentences of OFW’s who got into trouble, etc.
I figured that if we have him as “King” (only in name, he doesn’t have to do anything other than what he’s already doing, and we don’t have to pay anything), he would end up much more motivated to continue fighting for the Philippines and perhaps even create a boat-load of grants, scholarships, etc for Filipinos to study in Spain.
Something as financially cost-less as naming the King of Spain as the purely titular/ceremonial/symbolic can actually go a long way in terms of the Philippines receiving a lot of tangible and intangible benefits in return.
Spanish companies can and will eye the Philippines as a compelling place to base their Asian operations. Latin American countries will see that as a signal that the Philippines is ready to return to the Hispanosphere and thus they too will follow in setting up operations HQ’s in the Philippines to service Asia, etc…
A Filipino royalist? He must be sick in the mind…
As usual, Mr. Dumdum and his followers accused me lying, trolling, cyber-bullying, among others.
Here’s what he said:
Let’s see who’s inventing things and who’s lying…
The term Federal Republic was used first by the founders who created the American system. It is utterly arrogant and ignorant to claim the system’s creators didn’t understand their own term or system. Modern-day experts also use this term to describe the American system.
We’re just talking of semantics here. But the fact is:
- America is a Republic because it is not Monarchy.
- America is FEDERAL because the American territory is governed by two political entities: the Federal Government and the State governments.
- Thus, it is Federal Republic. This is an undeniable FACT!
VALID, RELIABLE SOURCES (just google them to verify):
- US Constitution.net: ” The United States is a federal republic and a constitutional representative democracy.”
- Reference Dictionary: ” a form of government made up of a federal state with a constitution and self-governing subunits. Example: The United States of America is a federal republic on the continent of North America.”
- “The United States government is a federal republic set up by a Constitution adopted in 1787 by a Constitutional Convention; The federal government consists of three branches–executive, legislative, and judicial–which operate according to a system of checks and balances against each other and checks on their power set forth in the Constitution to protect the individual.” —http://www.december.com/places/usa/federal.html
- Princeton University: “A federal republic is a federation of states with a republican form of government. A federation is the central government. The states in a federation also maintain the federation. Usage of the term republic is inconsistent but, as a minimum, it means a state or fed.”
- “The United States is a federal constitutional republic, in which the President of the United States (the head of state and head of government), Congress, and judiciary share powers reserved to the national government, and the federal government shares sovereignty with the state governments.” —https://www.boundless.com/…/federal-constitutional…/
- CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY: “United States: Constitution-based federal republic; strong democratic tradition.” — https://www.cia.gov/…/the-world-factbook/fields/2128.html
It is wrong to claim that the America is “PRESIDENTIAL” ONLY. Orion and his minions claimed the Philippines is “presidential”… but it is NOT FEDERAL. So, it wrong to group USA and Philippines under a single category or form of government because their systems are OPPOSITES.
Is it hard to understand this very basic concept? It’s like comparing apples to oranges.
The ECONOMIC POLICIES and POLITICAL SYSTEM of USA and Philippines are also ENTIRELY NOT THE SAME.
According to think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and Doing Business Index, America is among the top ten FREEST ECONOMIES and EASIEST PLACES TO DO BUSINESS because of its relatively free economy and higher degree of economic freedom. This is the reason, according to these think tanks, why America is economically stable compared to third world countries like the Philippines. The main reason is ELEMENTS OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM and RULE OF LAW, not “form of government”.
Now who is actually lying and inventing things? I am posting this not to convince Orion and his blind followers, because it is impossible to convince and reason with DOGMATIC creatures.
The screenshot above shows that Mr. Dumdum claims that “Federalism is not about form of government. It’s about territorial administration.”
I asked him a number of times to give me his source or where he got his story but he refused to answer my question. Honestly, I’d like to know what he meant by “form of territorial administration”, because all political system is concerned with territory or territorial limits.
His claim that “Federalism is not a form of government” is simply and easily contradicted and debunked by facts.
- Cornell University Law School: “Federalism is a system of government in which the same territory is controlled by two levels of government.”
- The Free Dictionary: “A system of government in which power is divided between a central authority and constituent political units.”
- From UNSW Australia: “Federalism is a system of government in which powers are divided between two or more constituent entities by a written Constitution.”
However, it is possible that Mr. Dumdum believes his “high IQ” and “Mensa” membership could twist facts and beat all these definitions provided by the above-mentioned reputable institutions. Who knows?
These people claim I am so obsessed with America… That style is worse than red-herring.
The truth is, Orion and his people are so obsessed with their parliamentary dogma.
I believe that their stupid, fallacious arguments can be EASILY DESTROYED by simply pointing out that USA system and Philippine system are not synonymous. That they are OPPOSITES! Thus, their CETERIS PARIBUS is an epic failure. They don’t even understand the actual application of this clause.
America, according to sources and experts (PLUS its CONSTITUTION) is a FEDERAL REPUBLIC, while the Philippines is a NATIONAL/CENTRALIZED REPUBLIC.
My actual focus is actually on the country’s ECONOMIC, POLITICAL POLICIES and RULE OF LAW, NOT on trivial issues like “form of government”. The FIRST is my– or should be our- PRIMARY GOAL. The second is just secondary.