“Professional Squatter” isn’t so bad; at least it sounds like it has some kind of a work ethic attached to it.
A tweet I posted about a week ago – in an attempt to channel my inner George Carlin
Of course if you’re Filipino, you shouldn’t wonder what prompted this jape. If you’re not well, here are some links to explain why “squatters are hitting the headlines nowadays.
- Informal settlers went too far by throwing feces
- A lot of decent Filipinos are getting fed up with arrogant squatters
So basically, as I understood it, Mayor Herbert Bautista decided to [finally] crack down on what he called the “professional squatters” 1 Which I know a lot of people trying to be PC would disapprove of, but come on! that plagued his City (QC)… and that snowballed into a whole debate questioning if they should be kicked out.
Take note, these are people who do not own the land which they live in – and there’s a debate whether or not it’s justified to kick them out. Take a minute to let that sink in for a bit.
While the effort of “cleaning up” a city certainly isn’t without unfortunate situations, 2 I mean we are all human beings and as much as we would want to accommodate those who are in need, there really comes a time where lines have to be drawn. one would think that at the very least, everyone with a fair amount of intelligence would know that this is something that needs to be done sooner or later.
Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case – not only do we have the expected uproar from the people at the end of the proverbial broomstick – but we also have all these activists and groups (political and social) coming out of the woodwork. And they are mounting an offensive against… well, I would have to say the government.
The fact that this is even an issue is annoying.
To me, it’s ridiculously simple. Unfortunate, to be sure – but simple nonetheless. Regardless of how you and I view them; whether or not they’re decent hardworking individuals, or opportunistic inconsiderate hoodlums; the fact is they, quite simply, are doing something illegal by staying where they’re not supposed to be staying. Period. Full-stop. Fuck you.
I get wanting to help the poor. I mean I will not say that I’m anywhere near a shining example of a community oriented individual, but I can understand our collective want to be decent human beings. And “decent human beings” are called to help those who are in need. I get that.
What I am irritated about is the fact that these sympathizers are arguing for the wrong “solution.” If sympathizers want to solve things, then by all means give them a place to stay. But arguing that they shouldn’t be kicked out because it “impinges upon their rights and dignity” – is complete and utter bullshit!
What fucking rights and dignity are these guys talking about; the right that law-breakers should be allowed to break the law!? Am I the only one who sees how retarded that line of argument is!?
I’m irritated that instead of say, finding a place to relocate them – which technically, is already more than what they deserve – since that’s practically being given a free lot. I understand that it can even barely pass as a “house”, but you know what, it’s fucking free. If you want fair, the simple question would be “do you have any legal claim to the place you’re staying in?” If not, then out you go, it shouldn’t be anyone else’s problem but your own.
God bless those, who out of the kindness of their hearts, would find the time and means help you – but even that is in no way something anyone’s entitled to.
And yet here are the sympathizers who seem to be just good at complaining. Sure calling them professional squatters may have been much – but that doesn’t miraculously give them a claim to the land they’re illegally staying in. It’s misplaced sympathy is what it is – and it’s mostly because these “sympathizers” feel that they’re “more humane” when they take such a stance. They aren’t really solving anything – and it’s getting fucking annoying.
Here’s how I see it. We cannot clean up our cities while acccomodating illegal settlers. That’s just a fact, and anyone who has some idealistic notion that we can do it slowly but surely, is missing a few marbles. Most of the illegal settlers (at least collectively speaking) unfortunately have totally different “hygienic standards” – and that alone makes “cleaning up” and “squatting” fundamentally incompatible.
So these “sympathizers” really have a choice; either you continue to feel warm and fuzzy inside by your [ultimatley] shallow victories of “defending the poor” and essentially prevent actual progress. Or you have to just acknowledge that there are better things to fight and work for 3 Like finding better jobs for them, Increasing the minimum wage, etc. – rather than enabling these people to have some misplaced sense of entitlement.
Notes [ + ]
|1.||⇡||Which I know a lot of people trying to be PC would disapprove of, but come on!|
|2.||⇡||I mean we are all human beings and as much as we would want to accommodate those who are in need, there really comes a time where lines have to be drawn.|
|3.||⇡||Like finding better jobs for them, Increasing the minimum wage, etc.|