Donald, Hewey, Dewey, and Louie

Apparently, Setya Novanto, Chairman of the House (Ketua DPR RI), and Fadli Zon, Vice Chairman of the House (Wakil Ketua DPR RI), spent a really great time with Donald Trump. Novanto was informally introduced in the middle of Trump’s campaign while Zon took a selfie with “The Donald”. And then things went viral – and, as expected, people started to react.

Left: Donald Trump and Fadli Zon; Right: Setya Novanto and Donald Trump. (Photo credit:

As usual, my main motive in writing this article is social media. I have read many comments on Facebook and Twitter regarding the situation. The sceptics, the supportive, both are exchanging words in every news platform that covers the event. Unfortunately it’s not them that pushed my concern. It is the tight-lipped, the silenced, those who keeps their mouth shut are the ones that enrage my analytical side.

No, I am not talking about those who chooses to remain silent because they do not understand the context. I am not blaming those who does not have any real interests in politics. I do not highlight people who does not regard posting their opinion on Facebook or Twitter to be important.

I am satirizing those who usually posts or tweets about the government (The President, in particular) being controlled by foreign capitalists. I am wondering, where on earth – in such a perfect momentum where two of our most popular politicians shook hands with one of the most controversial man in US politics – are the people who often blames the government (Joko Widodo, in particular) for failing to create an independent Indonesia? I am calling for the clicking monkeys, the opposition, and the know-it-all to speak up and criticize your government in a balanced manner.

It is as if when criticizing the President all of them are becoming a Solipsist. Solipsism is a branch of philosophy that offers the idea of reality being exist only in one’s own mind. The objects that surround one’s self could only be regarded as real only if they experience it directly and could be perceived through one’s consciousness. Therefore, in brief, for a Solipsist, their mind, their ideas, their experiences, their emotions are the only mind, ideas, experiences, and emotions that are real. If they perceive the President to be doing one thing (even though, in fact, the First Man was doing another), then their signification will be regarded as the one that’s real.

And now, when other politicians were doing something else that if the President did it, it will make people reacts in a harmful way, the know-it-all suddenly become a Phenomenalist: everything that exist behind his back, does not exist at all. When they saw the picture of Novanto and Zon lining up on their timeline, all they did was log out of their Facebook page and act as if nothing happened.

So now we have Donald, Novanto as Hewey, and Zon as Dewey. But we are still missing Louie, the last nephew of Donald Duck, to complete the total mess. And apparently, those clicking monkeys are the Louie I am looking for.

Most of the time, my Facebook timeline were filled with the government’s opposition (or should I say Joko Widodo’s haters). Oftentimes they criticize the President’s style of leadership; they labelled it as soft, not clear, wobbly, and many more. I then assume that either they are simply not satisfied with the government’s achievements so far or they did not vote for Joko Widodo during the Presidential Election last year. The difference between those two hypotheses are extremely stark, nonetheless.

The first assumption means that the people in my Facebook timeline point their dissatisfaction toward the system: they analyze the system by looking to it closely, referring back to the constitution or law, and have a very sound foundation and rationale on how the Nation should be directed. Meanwhile, the second assumption could easily leads to a thing called argumentum ad hominem. Ad hominem is a fallacy that rejects someone’s argument not because of the fact of the condition, rather because of the personal attribute about the person being criticized. Thus, the first assumption attacks the person coordinately: they pay attention to the system and if there’s a person inside of it then the critics will locate the person as a tiny functionality part of the whole, bigger system. Meanwhile, the second assumption attacks the person personally: doesn’t matter what the surroundings might contribute, the person is the only one to blame.

But, let’s assume that the people in my timeline is the first one, the ones that criticize the system rather than the man. I could name dozens of them, but, for an ethical reason, I prefer not to. And out of dozens of them, let’s assume that they are fair, knowledgeable human beings. Therefore, their previous critics toward the government were not directed to the First Man himself, but also to the whole political system.

Thus, assuming that they are fair enough to criticize the President, it’s just a matter of time for them to also criticize Novanto and Zon. Putting in mind that both Novanto and Zon were on the opposite side from Joko Widodo during the Presidential Election 2014 – with Novanto from Partai Golongan Karya (Golkar) and Zon from Partai Gerakan Indonesia Raya (Gerindra) formed a coalition under the name Koalisi Merah Putih, and Joko Widodo being supported by Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan (PDIP) – the critics coming from the tight-lipped and the clicking monkeys will only prove that they are mature and brilliant enough to, again, attack the system instead of the man.


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