Colombia. The right to choose.

Pedro Corzo
Peter Corzo

The secret, plural and free elections are ideal to achieve a fair government in which the interests of all are safeguarded as much as possible, a very difficult objective to achieve, if the elected officials themselves do not assume that we are equal before the law and they disrespect the division of public powers, as is often seen.

On the other hand, the electorate tends to attach capital importance to presidential elections, overlooking the fact that, in a democracy, particularly presidential elections, the congress, bicameral or unicameral, is the balance that prevents potential excesses of the executive. , a situation that tends to present itself more vehemently as a result of the strengthening of electoral populism or the dictatorship of the vote on the continent.

When the French thinker Montesquieu bequeathed us, “The Spirit of the Laws”, the future citizen accessed an invaluable tool to defend his most fundamental rights, an instrument that has been rusting not because of its lack of topicality, but because of negligence or malice , a large sector of the political class has thrown overboard these transcendental teachings of democracy, which are just as important as the knowledge of our universal rights and the willingness we have to defend them.

This reflection is a consequence of the fact that in the next few days Colombia will hold legislative elections, later presidential ones, and I have been able to appreciate through my wife and some of her friends, residing here and in her country of origin, the concern they have in electing candidates to the Congress that best represent their points of view and are capable of facing an eventual victory by the candidate of the extreme left Gustavo Petro, a situation that his wise friend Estela evidenced with a phrase, “These legislative ones are key because it is necessary to prevent, if Petro wins, that can change our country.

Colombia has been the most generous country with the Venezuelans who have fled the Chavista Castro despotism, however, everything seems to indicate that the experience of the Venezuelans has not been of much use to the electorate of that country because the candidate who promises to take the sky for assault as Karl Marx said, is the favorite in the polls.

The victory of Petro’s allies in Congress would make it easier for him to undertake reforms contrary to the democratic values ​​that he has historically fought against, my colleague from Journalism Without Borders, Ricardo Puentes Melo, tells me. those who, to the best of their knowledge, do not defend the interests of Colombians, because in justice, an autocrat of the extreme right is as disastrous as another of the extreme left.

It is evident that the promises of populism are a very difficult temptation to overcome, particularly for those who have historically suffered from the apathy of their rulers, which is why abstentionism is growing, giving more opportunities to win over extremists who promise to solve the problems of the economy socializing misery, not raising the economy of the population.

Seeing election after election that the problems are not resolved, that poverty increases, that the illicit enrichment of some officials and their cronies increases, while the quality of life of the majority decreases, is a goad by which many elect so-called vigilantes who, like magicians and with the sole will, claim to solve all problems, when in reality they aggravate them.

Colombians are in a serious dilemma, I appreciate in my conversations with some of them, a serious level of frustration with traditional politicians because they fiercely defend the “status quo” without realizing that there are reforms that society urgently demands because in addition to being fair, would be a factor to frustrate the chances that a sector of the country that historically has defended indiscriminate violence and favored political efforts that result in the loss of the rights of all, will reach the government.

However, I confess that I would like with all my strength to have the concerns of my wife and her friends in relation to Cuba. They still have the right to choose, as Horacio Puerta Calad says, something to preserve, while we Cubans have to earn it.

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