Democracy – good, bad, indifferent or “mediocre”, at its worst – is still much better than the “best” or ” most effective” authoritarian regimes. That is because authoritarian regimes are highly hierarchical. Even if assuming, without admitting, that authoritarian regimes could lead their country towards economic development, the fact remains that they have control over the people’s fundamental freedoms. Walang ipinagkaiba sa asong nakatali at binubusalan, sabihin mang puros karne norte ang ipinakakain dito. Hindi katulad sa isang demokrasya, na kung saan, malaya nating matutuligsa ang mga hindi kanais-nais na kaganapan sa pamahalaan. Of course, the people need bread, freedom, and social justice, but nothing is better than freedom. Because with freedom to think, and to speak what is on your mind, it just might be possible that you could still be able to achieve the desired changes in society. But without freedom, everything else may be taken away from you, including your bread – and even your life – once you have surrendered your freedoms to a dictator in exchange for temporary economic security.
Marami akong ayaw sa administrasyong ito, at sa iba pang mga post-Marcos administrations. Subalit hindi ko kailanman sasabihing “sayang ang Edsa” at/o “mas kanais-nais ang buhay sa ilalim ng diktadura.”