My fellow Americans. Greetings from East Haven Connecticut.
I came across this Blog by way of the commentary section on The Diplomat: (Redmond) http://thediplomat.com/2014/10/us-philippines-defense-ties-under-pressure/
and as a Filipino-born American (naturalized) I am glad I did.
Let me from the outset say: I completely agree with the many frustrations expressed here.
But as one of the poster quite clearly elucidated, that were it not for the foreign currency exchange US Dollar vis a vis Pesos…, I think means: not one of you were threatened with physical harm to move to the Philippines.
Btw all immigrants to the US also did so, for similar reasons that have to do with quality of life.
My wife (she’s also a Filipino) and I bought this house we live in almost 35 years ago and for the first 3 years all we’ve encountered were acts of belligerence beginning with unfriendly neighbors; to stones being thrown at our house at night; bonfires being lit in front of our house; our mail being torn in half and put back in the mail box (when I made a complaint to the PO manager his response to me was: “well at least now you know they don’t like you here”; our door bell would be rang in the wee hours of the morning proceeded by screams of “Pearl Harbor” and other forms of intimidations.
Confronted with that adversity and knowing the improbability of finding a buyer were we to resell our house, I decided to do something about that situation that eventually transformed our “status” in the eyes of our neighbors from one who was not welcomed; to ones who are respected members of the neighborhood.
In fact that first winter storm, we woke up to find our driveway shoveled and that first summer after that “new beginning” several neighbors gave us trout and vegetables from their garden.
And I would like to believe that they did so in acknowledgement of what I accomplished that brought about the peace and tranquility that has evaded the neighborhood until that evening I made the decision to do what I did.
In fact to fast forward, and despite the absence of natural constituency (my wife and I are the only Filipinos I know who live here and the small Asian community numbering in the 600 out of the 27.5K population are mostly students or transients) I have made several attempts to become the Democratic nominee for the office of the Mayor and failing that ran as an independent.
I was persistent because I felt and I believed I could do more for our community, which is my point.
Instead of being critical, why not consider Philippine citizenship if you are that convinced your ideas are better and run for public office.
Or become teachers and help educate the young so they will have a better education and brighter prospect for the future.
Blowing hot air may satisfy your need to vent but it will never contribute to a more meaningful existence.
And consider that here in the country of your birth, the wealthiest 1 % now owns 35 % of all wealth and moreover, income inequality is growing.
And for all our much professed superiority in the areas of social, political and economic human engineering; how do we rationally explain and morally reconcile that inequality?
My political experience tells me we can’t because who’ll listen and more importantly be willing to do something about it?
The reality is we are living under Plutocracy. Those that still believe we have a democracy are in my view ignorant or blind to reality.
The country will not produce another FDR. Not in this century and by then who knows if our country will still be geographically the same. (Super volcano, under Yellowstone Park).
So why not help make us Filipinos even prouder. Join and become Filipino citizens (you will not lose American citizenship) and help in rebuilding the Philippines for at the very least, at the end of the day, you’ll be happier.
Oni SiosonPublished in