On the Evils of a National Language II

On the Evils of a National Language II

Recently, the Malacanang communications group commissioned a module designed for the orientation of teachers in Filipino Language education apart from justifying the government’s language policies. The work is inherently trilingualist and pursued a dangerously naitonalist agenda. It used four very simple and painfully simplistic justifications in the form of two questions and two statements;

What is a National Language for?

Why Filipino?

Filipinos Speak Filipino

Filipinos Also Speak Other Languages and Dialects

Even from the structure of the module it’s already quite apparent how bigoted and alienating Philipine Language policies are. First, it asserts a need for a National Language; second, it asserts the need for Filipino(might as well ask “Why Tagalog?”); third, Filipino takes precedence for Filipinos; and finally, all the other languages are “also” spoken as if they were mere appendices to an artificially constructed variant of the Tagalog language.

This practically establishes Filipino, a dialect of Tagalog, as the line by which all other heritages must toe.

This is unacceptable and must be reversed. Every claim this module makes must be dissected and rejected. In four parts, I shall dissent on every justification this module has proffered. In doing so, I expect to spark discussion and draw the line on the sand. Now is not the time for half-measures, ladies and gentleman. This piece of dangerous nationalist propaganda threatens every non-Tagalog heritage in these islands. It is overly simplistic, which reflects its target audience, and rewards conformity over individuality.

It subscribes to the very essence of Filipino Nationalism: Filipinos colonizing other Filipinos.

For this, it must be rejected, it must be countered, it must be met wherever it is found and stopped.

This is the second installment of a four-part series.

PART II: Why Filipino?

Filipino was conceived to supplant every other language in this country. Otherwise, why would its stalwarts impose its use so fiercely; why would every other Philippine language be relegated auxiliary status if not to trivialize their existance; and why would every other Philippine language be made to represent the inferior? That has been the image of the non-Tagalog since the 1950s; what Quezon established, the media solidified; non-Tagalogs are provincianos–second class.

Filipino language policy was designed to butress everything the Tagalista understands about statecraft and serves as the foundation of how everything should be run in the Philippines; mediocre, haphazard, shallow, collectivist, and elitest. Make no mistake, the collectivist is an elitist by default. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be so keen on constructing a system that appoints him the collective master. That’s the irony with collectivism, it expresses the equality of all yet cannot survive without heirarchy.

And Filipino was meant to be at the very top of that heirarchy, singling out one native tongue as superior among evrey other:

“After serious deliberations on the studies that they conducted, the National

Language Institute selected Tagalog as the basis of the national language. The

reasons why Tagalog was chosen were the following:

1. Tagalog is widely spoken and is the most understood language in all the

regions of the Philippines. It is spoken in Manila, central and

south-central Luzon, the islands of Marinduque and Mindoro, and some

parts of Mindanao.

2. It is not divided into dialects, like Visayan for example.

3. Tagalog literature is the richest. More books are written in Tagalog than

in any other native language.

4. Tagalog has always been the language of Manila, the capital city, even

before the Spaniards came.

5. Tagalog was the language of the Revolution and the Katipunan – two

events in our history that we can truly be proud of.

The poet Francisco Baltazar Balagtas wrote the epic poem Florante at Laura,

one of the greatest literary treasures of the Philippines, in Tagalog.

So yes, I would have to agree with the Institute’s findings.

Nevertheless, I believe the national language should only be lightly based on

Tagalog, and should contain many elements from the other languages spoken

around the country.”

— from the module

Who is this “I”? And how could a language that created Florante at Laura be better than a language that gave birth to the Hinilawod and the Lam-Ang epic? These are digressions, however, since the meat of the problem is on how arbitrary and bigoted the criteria were in designing the Filipino language. It was, as if, the significance of a language could be measured in statistics, demographics, and sheer bulk of product.

And Tagalog doesn’t have any dialects? Really? Then what do you call Marinduque and Batangas Tagalog? More books are written in Tagalog? Just as many literature was produced outside of Manila, especially in the other trade and cultural centers of the country.

The problem is that Philippine Language policy always places the other languages at the backseat of any priority list. It is as if Tagalog-Filipino must always be stronger politically than the other languages. That is the very essence of this policy, isn’t? Political dominance.

For starters, the method was simplistic. It had no respect for culture or even the very idea of culture and how organic a culture should be to be legitimate. What this policy tried to do was construct a culture out of bits and pieces it thought could be useful rather than letting culture steer its own course. This is ignorant meddling. This is corrupt by design.

The crux of it all was that the criteria all favored Tagalog which, incidentally, was the language of Manila. In several of these reasons given to rationalize the choice of Tagalog, Manila never fails to appear.

Manila, it seems, should be the center of the Philippine Universe. This is unfair.

Two points deserve special attention.

Tagalog has always been the language of Manila, the capital city, even before the Spaniards came.

This is interesting and insulting. It basically posits that the ruling datu of Manila ruled the whole of the Philippines, as if the emperor of his own little empire. If that were truly the case, shouldn’t the pre-colonial islands be of a single society rather than societies with sovereignty unto themselves? Even the very geography of the islands discouraged centralization, so how could Manila ever be the capital city of a Nation-State that never existed?

All this proves that the design of the Filipino Language was meant to butress the centralization power rather than the development of culture. Culture, in the Philippines has always been, and must always be, diverse to truly represent the spirit of its people. The Philippines is multiculturism, and reasoning to the contrary endangers the right of several, distinct, cultures to exist. Centralization of power also does one other thing; it curbs the right of a people to self-determination. That is the very crux of Filipino Nationalism; to monopolize power.

Equality, Liberty, Individuality are all anathema to nationalism and a nationalist never fails to find each and kill it.

Tagalog was the language of the Revolution and the Katipunan.

The language of the Philippine Revolution was and shall always be Spanish! Juan Araneta and Martin Delgado began their own revolutions in the Visayas and operated apart from Aguinaldo’s Katipunan and were the only revolutionaries able to pressure the representatives of Spain in the Philippines to surrender. This, effectively, made the Visayas independent from Luzon and Mindanao and should have excluded it from the Treaty of Paris since when Spain ceded the Philipines to the USA, it was no longer in control of the Visayas.

Proud Visayans that they were, not single word of Tagalog would have escaped their lips. As among the elite Ilustrados, to converse with their contemporaries from Manila was to converse in Spanish. Spanish was the great leveler of their time. For one from Iloilo to speak Spanish to one from Manila made them equals to each other. To speak Tagalog would have made the Ilonggo subservient.

To this day, that is the image of the provinciano, subservient–often the sidekicks to their Tagalog counterparts.

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On the Evils of a National Language

On the Evils of a National Language

Recently, the Malacanang communications group commissioned a module designed for the orientation of teachers in Filipino Language education apart from justifying the government’s language policies. The work is inherently trilingualist and pursued a dangerously naitonalist agenda. It used four very simple and painfully simplistic justifications in the form of two questions and two statements;

What is a National Language for?

Why Filipino?

Filipinos Speak Filipino

Filipinos Also Speak Other Languages and Dialects

Even from the structure of the module it’s already quite apparent how bigoted and alienating Philipine Language policies are. First, it asserts a need for a National Language; second, it asserts the need for Filipino(might as well ask “Why Tagalog?”); third, Filipino takes precedence for Filipinos; and finally, all the other languages are “also” spoken as if they were mere appendices to an artificially constructed variant of the Tagalog language.

This practically establishes Filipino, a dialect of Tagalog, as the line by which all other heritages must toe.

This is unacceptable and must be reversed. Every claim this module makes must be dissected and rejected. In four parts, I shall dissent on every justification this module has proffered. In doing so, I expect to spark discussion and draw the line on the sand. Now is not the time for half-measures, ladies and gentleman. This piece of dangerous nationalist propaganda threatens every non-Tagalog heritage in these islands. It is overly simplistic, which reflects its target audience, and rewards conformity over individuality.

It subscribes to the very essence of Filipino Nationalism: Filipinos colonizing other Filipinos.

For this, it must be rejected, it must be countered, it must be met wherever it is found and stopped.

PART I: What is the national language for?

“Every free country has its own Naitonal Language. A national language is a symbol of a people’s freedom, independence, and unity. It represents what we have gone through as a people (our history), and who we are at present.”

–from the module.

Exploring this blatantly Tagalog Triumphalist sentiment, we come to three basic claims of the National Language agenda;

A national language can help us achieve political unity and strength.

A naitonal language can help a lot in our country’s economic development.

A national language can promote social and cultural development.

This is a ominous echo of Ferdinand Marcos’s own motto for his New Society, “Isang Bansa, Isang Diwa,” which roughly translates to One Nation, One Spirit. Very few manage to make this connection, but do recall Adolf Hitler’s own mantra for his Third Reich, “Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Fuhrer!” This makes Marcos’s New Society a direct descendant of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party. Hitler saw the German people as a single nation at the expense of every non-Aryan ethnicity unfortunate enough to be in Germany or even just adjacent to it at the rise of his Reich. Hitler’s genocide wasn’t very subtle, fine, but the genocide every non-Tagalista faces now is just as dangerous and effective.

Whereas Hitler engages in spreading murder, the Tagalista engages in spreading blight. Through a thoroughly estalished cultural hegemony rooted in Manila, the Tagalista hopes to linguistically breed the non-tagalog languages out of existence.

Is it working? According to this university, it is. The local languages are rapidly being supplanted, rapidly fallen into disfavor.

“A study was undertaken by Xavier University on which Philippine language was most widely used by Filipinos thorught the years. It clearly indicates that from 1960 to 1990, the number of those who were using Filipino as a language increased more than that of those using other Philippine languages.”

–from the module.

This is all because of one distinct form of miseducation which the Tagalista continues to spread; the idea that we are a “single nation” and as a single nation we need a “singular language” to bind us all together. Very well then, let us explore this idea towards its logical conclusion. Let us take a very close look at what the word “nation” implies. Let us take a very close look at Gaelic, Basque, and Tamil. Let us take a very close look at what people are willing to do after years of pent of resentment and hatred locked away and waiting to explode.

On Nations

The problem with Filipino Nationalism is that it demonizes any alternative apart from ideas it imposes. Its unifying assertion is that there is only one form of everything. This includes the concept of not only nationality but also of nations. Historically speaking, Filipinos were Spaniards (mostly Basque) who were born in the Philippines. Those without Spanish blood were either Indios or Mestizos (Indios with Chinese blood and the complexion to match).

It was only after the Americans came that they generalized everyone under this nomenclature while completely and ignorantly disregarding ethnicity, language, and even heritage. To them, the natives all sounded alike, all looked alike, and all acted alike.

This is the very same concept of nationality and nationhood which defines Filipino Nationalism. Unfortunately, it failed to account for the simple fact that we do not at all look alike, sound alike, or act alike; but it certainly wants us too. This is why it vigourously pursues a One Nation agenda at the expense of everything else. As far as Filipino Nationalism is concerned, there is only one desirable concept of nationality; the one defined by a Tagalog Hegemony.

It ignores that fact that nationhood and nationality not only reflects membership to a sovereign state but also defines a person’s connection to heritage, ethnicity, and often: language. This is why stateless nations exist.

The Stateless Nation

“Every free country has its own National Language. A national language is a symbol of a people’s freedom, independence, and unity. It represents what we have gone through as a people (our history), and who we are at present.”

–from the module.

This statement deserves our special attention on discussing the stateless nation. Its claims are very simple, very easy to understand, and defines Filipino Language policy. Good, this makes my job easier. Let’s start with Spain.

Spain is a free country, but it doesn’t have a National Language. Why should it? The moment it institutes one is the moment it insults the speakers of Basque, Occitan, Catalan, and the Gallician apart from the fact that of the 27 autonomous communities that exist in Spain, one of them holds Barcelona, the second largest contributor to Spains GDP. The mere fact that Catalan, Occitan, Gallician, and Basque appears as optional languages on Spanish ATMs speaks much of the country’s cultural sensitivity. On the other hand, the Philippines has only two options to choos from English and Filipino.

Russia is also a free country, also very strong. Instead of Russian as the National Languages, it is merely an offical language along with 27 others. This makes Russia a true multinational state; a federation, so to speak, of more than a hundred and sixty ethinic groups and indegenous peoples reflecting extreme cultural and national diversity, with Russian ethnicity itself being split into three groups, the Slavs, the Tatars, and the Bashkirs.

The United Kingdom and the United States of America also reflect this. The United States itself recognizes the North American Indian Nations apart from the multitude of ethincities that constitute its multicultural society. The United Kingdom takes this to a whole new level with no less than four countries, referred to as national teams, constituting the United Kingdom. These are Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In these countries, languages other than English hold official favor, this includes Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, Norn, and Welsh.

This makes stateless nations ethnic groups deprived of self-determination and sometimes even their own heritage. In the Philippines these are represented by the secessionist movements of the Cordillera People’s Alliance and the Moro Naitonal Liberation Front apart from the political parties and militant groups that branch out from these movements. Stateless nations often resort to violent seperatism when deprived of their rights to exist and self determination. These, of course, are only natural as resentment often comes when an Imperialist majority either subtly or directly imposes itself on the minority. Subtlety comes in the form of assimilation, which is what Filipino Naitonalism is tyring to do through trilingualism; while direct oppression comes in the form of genocide as Stalin was almost successful at in engineering the Ukrainian famine.

This is interesting as the very same countries I have mentioned have had a taste of violent seperatism too that rages on into modernity simply because they had the courage to resist and act on their dissent.

On Resentment and Rebellion

For Spain, they were the ETA who fought for the Basque Country. For Russia, they are the Chechens. For the United Kingdom, they are the Irish Republican Army who were successful in seceding the southern half of Ireland. Each of these groups resorted to violence for a cause that truly represented their people. I don’t condone it, but I do see it as one response when all other means have continued to fail.

Besides, as the module has said, “A national language is a symbol of a people’s freedom, independence, and unity. It represents what we have gone through as a people (our history), and who we are at present,” and the ETA was there to make sure that the Basque did not lose their freedom, their independence, their unity, their history, and who they are. This only makes the Filipino Languages existing ethos all the more superficial.

How can a language foreign to a Cebuano, an Ilonggo, a Tausug, and a Butuanon represent them? When the Spaniards surrendered to the Visayan provisional governments (political entities which existed apart from the Tagalog revolution) was the experience Filipino? When an Ilonggo buys bread from another Ilonggo does Filipino ever truly fit the picture? From experience, whenever a non-Tagalog talks in Tagalog to another non-Tagalog the experience is always disturbingly fake. How can Filipino ever be real, ever be native, when it isn’t? All it ever does is breed resentment, breed alienation, and worst of all: makes a second class citizen of every non-Tagalog in this country.

If there’s one thing a second class citizen has in droves it’s resentment. It knows it’s second class. It knows it’s looked down upon. It knows that “it” might be the very pronoun the ruling majority ascribe to it. No one has unlimited patience. Even now this country is deeply entrenched in a civil war on several fronts which it cannot sustain for long.

The Cordillera people have been docile in the north for quite some time, but that hasn’t robbed them of their fervor. Their groups are still en masse, are still organized, are still able and willing to walk their talk. The Bangsomoro in the south, on the other hand, have been walking their talk ever since the Jabidah massacre exploded. They continue to cut heads, set bombs, and pay in just as much blood as they are willing to shed of the other side.

That is the problem with Tagalistas. They call separatists ingrates, selfish, reigonalistic chauvanists, divisive, and criminals yet they will never admit to why separatists exist. When you rob a people of their identity, of their rights, of their heritage, and especially of their identity, how exactly do you expect them to react?

We are not doormats. That is why we are not nationalists.

How To Love An Introvert

Thought Catalog

Be quiet. And that doesn’t mean that you are no longer expected to share your feelings and tell jokes and engage in conversation — it just means be quiet. Sometimes, quiet is needed. Learn to appreciate what quiet can be for people. Learn how two people can sit on different sides of the room, silently engaging in their own activities, and still achieve a profound sense of closeness. Understand that sometimes they will need their alone time, but that often it can be supplemented with that sense of empathetic quiet. If they feel that they can just be themselves around you (and not placate everyone in the room with some overblown song-and-dance routine of “look at how social I am”), you will have already won.

Teach yourself that the association we’ve always held with the introverted and the pathologically anti-social — the people who are supposedly incapable of enjoying the…

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The Goddess of Reason

Journeying to the Goddess

“The Goddess of Reason’s themes are logic, reasoning, learning and the conscious mind. Her symbols are a crown of oak leaves (representing the seat of the divine). While this lady had no other specific designation other than the Goddess of Reason, She dispenses the power of knowledge to those who seek Her. The French honored this Goddess with celebrations at Notre Dame, the world’s most acclaimed center of scholarship. Traditionally, the women depicting Her wore a blue robe and red cap, then were crowned in laurel at the end of a processional.

To improve awareness and logical abilities, tuck a bay leaf in your shoe today so the Goddess of Reason walks with you. Or, wear any garment with predominantly blue or red coloring to invoke Her powers through color therapy!

Today is an excellent day to take up any course of study you’ve been considering. Burn incense blended…

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Moon Magic and the Triple Goddess

I’m big on transhumanism, but you can’t have transhumanism without the occult to guide the way.

Goddess Inspired

The Moon has three visible phases:

Growing crescent )
Full moon O
Waning crescent (

)O(

This is followed by three days of darkness, the dark moon.

The Moon with her large and impressive presence taught our ancestors that like her own phases all life was cyclical, going from birth to growth to death back to rebirth.

Since the earliest times the Moon has been linked to water, as her gravitational pull affects the oceans’ tides. Her primary connection, however, has always been to women whose menstrual cycle mimicks the Moon’s phases: pre-ovulatory, ovulatory and post-ovulatory stage followed by bleeding.

Our moon-times are intrinsically linked to moonlight. Women who sleep without artificial lights and who are exposed only to the Moon’s light, tend to ovulate around the full moon and bleed at the time of the dark moon.

The Ancients considered moon-blood to be a source of incredible insight and…

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PPCRV find no evidence of suspicious voting pattern

PPCRV find no evidence of suspicious voting pattern

The ethics of cheating is that none exist. Cheating is immoral, fraud is immoral, but the fact of the matter is:

Victory requires that you abandon idealism.

Each and every single day of our lives we are being cheated by  those who think they’re better than us simply because they believe they’ve dominated the system. They believe that we have been so utterly and totally conditioned by the system into pliant, predictable, and profitable sheep. Cheating exists because the system created a double standard between people who serve and people who are served. You are not allowed to steal from your fellow sacadas and from your haciendero, but the haciendero is allowed to steal from you and has the moral imperative to do so. A parallel has long emerged among the politicians as old blood and new money continue to intermarry and dominate our landscape. What everyone fails to comprehend, however, is that the system is ruthlessly fair:

If they can cheat you what’s stopping you from cheating them?

We are in a war for our futures, our survival, our well-being, the integrity of our place in this country and the world at large. The answer is simple, abandon your idealism. When you read these news stories on the internet, off the pages of clearly biased publishers, don’t take them as lamentation on just how depraved and hopeless our situation is.

The PCOS machine is an opportunity. It has forced our politicians to evolve or die. It has created a situation in which people with sophisticated training and knowledge survive while the uninitiated grasp for air. Abandon the masses, they are dead weight and you can survive without them. You cannot save them.

Instead, learn to be better than your betters. Abandon who you are now, abandon this person your parents, your religion, your education, hell, abandon everything you have ever known about yourself and what the world has designed and rethink your future. Evolve or die. The old are obsolete for a reason, and even monsters are doomed to death. Nothing lasts forever, nothing except your mind and what it is capable of.

When good men are disappointed, they turn into complete and total monsters. Aren’t we all disappointed already? Then why haven’t we all completely turned into total, ruthless, and driven monsters?

Be the monster.

Big China, Little China; little difference

Big China, Little China; little difference

I happened upon this piece of commentary when I scoured the Inquirer website for anything useful happening right about now or at least within the week; this was on the 31st of May, and while the incident it has taken as its subject might taste a little stale to everyone involved, the sting this opinion made me feel was as fresh as newly baked pre-war pan de sal.

While it drew an interesting picture of our foreign relations within our immediate region, I disagreed with it in principle. This is mainly because all it had was principle–not intelligence. While I don’t know who Rodel Rodis is, as this is the first opinion of his I have ever read, I don’t really care if my dissent should ring resentful or disrespectful. Hell, I’m an anarchist. Respect is not my currency; utterly valueless in the bigger scheme of things once you’ve evolved past sentiment. So let’s be pragmatic; Rodel, how much do you earn per word writing for the Inquirer? Why? Because you hide your groveling behind insight. And I will be fair, there is insight in your opinion, but neither does it deny the fact that you are groveling.

You are a slave of the old god: Nationalism. You grovel because you appear to dissect a significant incident to feed a niche readership yet carefully evade the very few and jarringly obvious facts that face us now:

NO ONE RESPECTS THE PHILIPPINES;

The only reason why Taiwan is being such an asshole in using us to assert its territoriality within the region is because it does not respect us, and the reason why it does not respect us because Taiwan has us by the appendix: the OFWs. The only reason why I didn’t metaphor with testicles is because the Oligarchs are our testicles. But the appendix! The appendix is something else. The appendix represents an obsolete vestige to our cultural evolution from a time when society used to survive on slave labor (OFWs, why’d you think Enrile insists our greatest export is human labor?). Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. And the appendix, true to form, has evolved into a ticking time bomb. Human, physical labor is steadily being replaced by a different demand, one that values creativity, imagination, and intelligence over zombie cotton-picking. While the rest of the world is replacing human labor with robots (they started manufacturing automated vacuum cleaners, lawnmowers, and etc. over about a decade ago) we are stuck on a dying industry. When our OFWs run out of jobs where will they go?

When these OFWs come back home, what happens to our growth index?

Taiwan has us by the appendix because it knows it can accelerate the process of a blown vestigial organ. We all know what happens when it blows, right?

Taiwan has us by the appendix because it knows that we are not prepared.

Taiwan knows that we have not evolved from slave labor.

China is just looking to get laid and is waiting for the first prostitute to suck it’s balls.

And we are left to look fucking out of our element, fish out of water, a dude who lost his car, because we are fucked!

BECAUSE THE US IS STAGING THE WAR WITH CHINA

…and we are still a fucking piece in it! We cannot appease Taiwan or China because China is the fucking asshole that made an enemy out of every other fucktard in the world and Taiwan will never be our friend! Taiwan is not ASEAN!

I mean come on, only an Oligarch would want to suck either of these assholes’ balls; that’s what Oligarchs do, they seek balls and swallow it for spare change–opportunists that they are. China has been activating leftist cells left and right, who cares if they’re Maoist so as long as they have guns. Taiwan is scared shitless that it’s not in the ASEAN, all of those cash rich industries of theirs’ll get nuked sooner than Kris Aquino’s next indiscretion. They’re pushing us around because they know we’re the fucking weakest link in the ASEAN.

We cannot push the envelop and have P-Noy prematurely ejaculate all over the  war strategy because we do not call the shots. We’re benchwarmers, waterboys, towelboys, and mopboys of the entire fucking game–swallow it.

And we’re so goddamn touchy about it because of…

PINOY PRIDE!

Teddy Boy Locsin is insane, and you were enabling him, Rodel.

The solution is not to save face. The solution is to abandon dignity because we have no dignity left to lose! We are the fucking maid and butler of the entire fucking planet–get real.

The solution is to face the facts. The OFWs are damned and we damned them for depriving them of the livelihood needed to survive in their own country. We fucked up. The sooner we admit that, the sooner we stop painting these poor souls the martyrs for the great nationalist cause and accept them for what they really are: lambs for the altar of the Oligarchy, the sooner we get realistic about getting these people the hell out of dodge. Now they are stuck in Taiwan, the integrity of their very lives threatened by our country’s apparent weakness!

The solution, for the short term, is to gnash our teeth because we created this hell and we should pay for it. The nationalist god being our first penance because pinoy pride is keeping us from admitting and accepting the fact that we fucked up and our brethren paid for it.

In the short term, cry to the UN for help, get some Human Rights watchdogs over there, and engineer a plan to smuggle these people out of the cross fire. The last thing we want is for 47,000 Filipino hostages stuck in concentration camps in Taiwan when WWIII starts.

All while P-Noy walks the fine tightrope of teasing Little China and Big China that he’s more than willing to suck one or the other’s three-incher at the expense of the other without actually doing any fellatio while Uncle Sam’s missile platform is snug up his ass. The US is a jealous rapist.