"The more things change, the more they stay the same (plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose),” the 19th century French thinker Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr once lamented. In many ways, this is the state of our ‘national’ politics.
Yes, we do have new faces, including some of the mine-mes of a tropical King Lear, who will soon join the highest chamber of the nation. Two of our newly coming senators never held any elected office in the past -- and their greatest achievement is nothing more than blind loyalty to a former mayor of a provincial town that, during a nationwide “protest vote”, was catapulted to the throne. (Remember, the 2016 elections saw the son of a former dictator/“national hero” almost making it to the second highest office in the land. It was a wholesale rejection, at the highest level, of the post-Marcosian liberal-centrist meta-narrative.)