The annual ritual commanded by our Sovereign, the Constitution, the State of the Nation Address (SONA) is on again.
The Constitution commands the President to appear before Congress on its opening and give her account of how government performed in the year just passed.
This tradition comes from England. Her Majesty, the Queen has the prerogative to appear before the Lords and Commons assembled. Similarly our own Glorious Queen has that prerogative. But in the case of Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and all her Realms and Dominions, she cannot express her own opinion in the Speech from the Throne. The throne speech is written by the government of the day and today that is the one headed by Gordon Brown.
In contrast our Queen of the Kapampangans can express her own perceptions and opinions in her SONA. Elizabeth II is beyond reproach and it is very unjust and rude to accuse her of lying in her throne speech. If anyone would lie, it is none other than Gordon Brown. In contrast our Glorious Queen has been prejudged to lie in her SONA.
As Pulse Asia would have it, the Filipino public has given its verdict on Gloria's SONA. The public has used the Principle of Induction in its conclusion
Thus the discussion in the blurbs and the blogs is not the State of the Nation but the State of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, her visions and delusions.
The State of the Nation is obvious to anyone who has his/her five senses intact.
There are very little protest actions on the streets today. That should worry Gloria.
In England, as first business of Parliament after the Queen exits the Lords, it votes on the throne speech. If the speech is voted against, by convention it has to be rewritten. No government would contemplate that since that means the Queen herself had lied. The Government thus has to resign to save the Queen's reputation!
Sadly the Philippine Constitution gives no powers to the Congress to force the ouster of the President if she lies in her Throne Speech.
And lie she lies she lies......