There is a song in the musical “Hamilton” where Aaron Burr advises the young Alexander:
Talk less, smile more.
Many people misunderstand this line, thinking that it is one of those feel-good advises that litter social media (and posting in on Facebook as such). The next line reveals what Burr actually meant:
Don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for.
Burr was giving advice to Hamilton on how to succeed in politics. Don’t take a stand. Go with the flow. Don’t rock the boat.
I imagine that at least one politician gave this advice to Gina Lopez. Talk less, smile more. We’ll confirm you if you don’t threaten mining companies so much. “You keep out of trouble and you double your choices,” to borrow another line from Burr.
That is how traditional politicians think, but people like Gina (everyone seems to be on a first name basis with her) know that the establishment needs to be shaken if it is to be responsive to the needs of the people. Mining companies are notorious for violating environment laws, and it is the people who suffer the consequences of their action. Gina was our best chance of beating them at their own game.
Now what do we do? Maybe the opposite of Burr’s advice: Smile less, talk more. Let the members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) know that we’re against what they did. And we’ll have our chance soon enough; with an election coming up in 2019, we can let our votes do the talking to those who are seeking reelection. #rememberginain2019