Posted by: magicalrubidium | September 6, 2008

Land of Bondage, Land of the Free

Land of Bondage, Land of the Free

By Raul Manglapus

 

And yet gentlemen, the tao is constitutionally free. No wonder, then that the tao, being a slave, has acquired the habits of a slave. No wonder that after three centuries in chains, without freedom, without hope, he should lose the erect and fearless posture of the freeman, and become the bent, misshapen, indolent, vicious, pitiful thing that he is! Who dares accuse him, who dares rise up in judgment against this man, reduced to this sub-human level by three centuries of oppression. The tao does not come here tonight to be judged — but to judge! Hear then his accusation and his sentence:

 

I indict the Spanish encomendero for inventing taxes impossible to bear.

I indict the usurer for saddling me with debts impossible to pay.

I indict the irresponsible radical leaders who undermine, with insidious eloquence, the confidence of my kind in our government.

 

You accuse me of not supporting my family. Free me from bondage, and I shall prove you false.

You accuse me of ignorance. But I am ignorant because my master finds it profitable to keep me ignorant. Free me from bondage, and I shall prove you false.

You accuse me of indolence. But I am indolent not because I have no will, but because I have no hope. Why should I labor, if all the fruits of my labor go to pay an unpayable debt. Free me from bondage, and I shall prove you false.

 

Give me land. Land to own. Land unbeholden to any tyrant. Land that will be free. Give me land for I am starving. Give me land that my children may not die. Sell it to me, sell it to me at a fair price, as one freeman sells to another and not as a usurer sells to a slave. I am poor, but I will pay it! I will work, work until I fall from weariness for my privilege, for my inalienable right to be free!

 

BUT IF YOU WILL NOT GRANT ME THIS … If you will not grant me this last request, this ultimate demand, then build a wall around your home … build it high! … build it strong! Place a sentry on every parapet! … for I who have been silent these three hundred years will come in the night when you are feasting, with my cry and my bolo at your door. And may God have mercy on your soul!

 

 

— Benjamin

 

 


Responses

  1. kelan ba yan gagawin?

  2. kelangan ba natin ng comsci blog?

  3. yeah, kailangan natin ng comsci blog. 5 posts by september 12.

  4. pano?

    • secret

  5. bobo

  6. ah ganun bah?

  7. eeehhhh????? wg kang magsalita ng bobo nagtatanong lang ang tao?

  8. wg kang aangal??????????????????????

  9. epal ako

    • epAL K B TALAGA ?almmo ms epal kaya ako sau . .. . jejemon
      =

    • epAL K B TALAGA ?almmo ms epal kaya ako sau . .. . jejemon
      =)

  10. gnda tlga
    jrejejjejejejeejejejej =)
    nakka inspire nmn .. . .?

  11. it seems there is a phrase missing. it goes like this. “I indict the haciendero for siezing my land by subtle trickery and reducing me to peonage

    • it start in six paragraph!!!

      right?

      • You are correct!

  12. Isa 2 sa poborito kong declamation piece, ganda talaga nito.

  13. this is not the original this is summary right?

  14. this is my favorite poem for oration :D thanks for post

  15. []—-

  16. mahaba parin eh!!!!!!

  17. wow !!! i lyk this piece ,.. :))

  18. this is one of my favorite piece!!!…

    ito nlang e o orate ku sa wednesday ito!!!

    hope positive ang kalalbasan…

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  21. well………..
    i don’t know what to say but still……….
    mahaba………………………………………..

  22. ang haba……….OMG!

  23. ano ba kau 5 paragraphs na nga lang eh pang elementary na nga yan hahahah

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  26. i like this oration this is my favorite piece

  27. Kabisado ko yan! Kasi iparerecite yan samin ng teacher ko eh!! Siguro nga, dyn nila kinuh yung copy nyan, kasi parehang pareha talga eh!!

  28. i remember this piece when i was in high school. It is part of our class routine. hehehe Throwback!


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