The Twilight SONA #SONA2020

    tap the play arrow (if on mobile device, click “Listen in browser”) on the soundcloud pod below to play… the President’s Twilight SONA theme:



          The Twilight SONA

(posted at 11:27am, 7/28/2020)

       The content of the SONA speech is usually developed from inputs of the departments thru the Cabinet secretaries and staff, from other line agencies, and from the economic, security, and political consultants, etc. It is then cobbled together by the Executive Secretary and given to the chosen speechwriter. The speechwriter, if he/she is a professional, or is experienced enough, will then sit down with his/her principal to — as it were — “acquire” his frame of mind and general tone.

     What is the general tone of PDu30 throughout his presidency?

       To appear strong.

       To appear strong even when weakened.

       To appear strong even when he is resigned to the reality of deaths by a pandemic he cannot figure out.

       Alas, the appearance of being strong is borne costliest
by those he has chosen to be his casualties
in the campaign to consolidate

his power
in the twilight of his SONA.

      In this regard, it seems that finally, PDu30 has found a speechwriter that he thinks

is good enough for him …
such that his ad libs and meandering

still flowed closely to the theme,

or the tone,

of his SONA speech and his presidency,
such that the expletives were reduced to a minimum of five or so :
And the less ad libs, the less expletives –
in this regard,

the speechwriter has succeeded.

     And what is the theme or general tone again? That he can give anyone a good beating even when the world has been whipped.

        He finally found a speechwriter who has figured him out

even as they could not figure themselves out
of this plague

that had whipped everyone

and everything in its path,
whether appearing strong

or in reality
weathered out.

      Just based on a content-analysis of the speech (and i don’t have a first-hand source of the identity), the straightforwardness and no-rhetoric writing style,

and by comparing the language  with the published work of the person,

the speechwriter seems to be a former journalist intellectually capable of providing the President the ideological frame necessary

   amid the disarray of his thoughts and the method of his work.

      This is probably a speechwriter he will keep until the end of his term or the end of these days

whichever comes first
where he needs to face uncertainty

     with an appearance that he is not finite
and not uncertain.

      In their best of paradigmatic minds,

    the best that they could offer the nation
is to wait for the vaccine …
as along the way

they and their cohorts find a way

to perpetuate themselves

or their successors

in power.

     But when and how — he says December or January  — but he doesn’t know that, no one knows that for sure.


of the strong leaders

the strongest is one who,

when faced with uncertainty,

is able to unite

all of the people

on a definite resolve
that we will not just appear to be strong

when in fact we are just waiting ,

     that we will prevail

even when  the odds

are still gaining.

    We may not be able to  figure ourselves out

    of the virused haze,
nor win decisively

the race
against the thousands of dying,

    but we can buy ourselves time

we can buy our people time

    by mitigating the number of deaths
and by alleviating the suffering

    of the many who are barely surviving.

     This, by building the capacity of hospitals and health care workers,
by rebuilding the economy,
by caring for an ailing country;

    this —

not by appearing to be strong when in fact unknowing –

    but by accepting uncertainty without defeat,
and by navigating 

with full intent

   and  full clarity. 

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