That's the hitch...the patriarchal system of Asian culture, so firmly entrenched, is such that no one, (literally), even thinks of saying boo to anyone at, (or even affiliated with), the top
This kind of essentialist thinking has been out of favour for a very, very, very long time. Thailand is a complex society undergoing massive social change and this is something which can't sensibly be reduced to cartoon-like figures of the Oriental. Besides, what is this whole conflict about if not the very fact that the majority of the people of Thailand are no longer prepared to sit and smile and tug their forelocks and the elites are doing everything in their power to make sure the clock is wound back to a time when that was all they did? As for whether everyone in Thailand is happy with what is happening, I can assure you that they are not and that there is very vocal, very rude opposition online - the extent to which it is kept there is a direct function of the extent to which the junta maintains the threat of violence.
sometimes it's tough for those of the Occident to fathom the absolute, unequivocal, say-so of the big cheeses in the East
Your address is not especially relevant to this and, in any case, living in 'the Orient' (and that's not a phrase one hears often outside the texts of colonialism) is not something to which you have an exclusive claim.