So, what's all this news about Thailand and Malaysia? Why are they hogging the headlines?
With Thailand's re-inventing of democracy, and Malaysia's reconciling of the balance between Malays and the other races living in that country, we in Asia are left where we started.
The Philippines has its problems, but they are contained in a way. Who in Asia gives a shxx about what happens in Makati or Mindanao these days? We all have our hands full in our own countries with our own issues.
Internal Security Act?
So be it. It's not democratic; but who cares these days?
Can Anwar maneuver himself out of his sodomy allegations? Can Samak find a replacement whom the DAP will be happy with? We don't know. Just like this unknown Palin out of Alaska who is facing the American public now!
We all know (or should know) who Hillary Clinton is. McCain was from the last campaign, so again, no excuses. Obama? Well OK also, since he's had the benefit of that political machinery behind him. But, to be honest, their running mates are a cast out of heaven.
But that's politics out of the USA! Period. Anyone care to dispute that?
So why can't we in Asia be the same?
Why can't we in Asia have politicians with the same flair as those in Uncle Sam? Why can't we be... simply what they can be?
We are new to this thing called democracy - I gather. We are new economies. We are immature countries without a stable political system, like what Uncle Sam has. We are we.....
So why are we pretending that "we are not we" ....?
Why are the Badawis and Mahathirs pretending that we are different? Why is the PAD behaving like they are the God of the Thais?
Even the likes of Hu Jingtao and Wen Jiabo have come to terms with this new world (in their own ways), so why are people still re-inventing the wheel?