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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Rolls and the Shrewd

By Alfredo Vera*

Quito,Jun 25 (Prensa Latina) Voters will have to face a record participatory openness to elect all 130 assembly members who will draw up the Ecuadorian Constitution that will govern the life of the so-called "citizens' revolution."

The process has been proclaimed here as the materialization of change demanded by the accumulation of frustrations for nearly 50 years.

History recalls the phrase coined by journalist Juan sin Cielo (Heavenless John) that he used for months to conclude his articles in El Universo: "Ah, Fidel! Why are you so late?" It was the period when Benjamin Carrion proclaimed that the Americas were demanding its second independence.

During that period, on the streets of Quito and Guayaquil, many youth marched chanting "Cuba Yes, Yankees No!" as part of a tide that washed over Latin America.

From frustration to frustration for several generations many still think the only way to root out injustice and inequities is through a revolution, but not an armed revolution like those of Cuba or the Sandinistas.

Rather, the one Salvador Allende wanted to make in Chile, and which he was not allowed by the oligarchic rightwing, the great media, the insatiable merchants and the military officers who favored the coup, all of whom sponsored by the United States.

A revolutionary yearning for change has again spread throughout the Americas, and social scientists attribute that real and objective fact to the chain of systems (Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Nicaragua and Ecuador) that have taken power to proclaim, in their own way, the extinction of the "long night of neoliberalism," as stated by President Rafael Correa.

Many of those governments are oriented to the implementation of a socialist system that, if it belongs to the 21st century, is undoubtedly the child of 20th-century socialism, where the small island of Cuba, which has survived Washington's blockade and non-declared war for nearly 50 years, shines brightly.

Over those 50 years, social groups and political parties, even conservatives and neoliberals, have spoken about changes and even revolutions: if they have not eliminated this lately, democratic leftwing ideology says that it is a revolutionary party.

At present, revolutions are being made with votes that materialize in the people's support for the lists of assembly members, in which not a few shrewd ones, counterrevolutionaries, fifth columns, who believe in alleged "changes", have infiltrated.

They accept the privileges (they call them "conquests") allowed by pseudo-democratic licentiousness, like impunity, illegal profits, peculation, overprices, assaults, marginality, exclusion, fraud, destruction of education, health, hope.

There is everything on the lists, although they forgot to value the intellectuals, scientists, artists, writers, as if they belonged to a lower branch of the people that prefers other scales of human work, those who have "pantallazos".

You have to take an in-depth look in the lists to identify the shrewd ones: batrachians and chameleons that devour illusions.

* The author is a Prensa Latina contributor, former minister of Education and president of the Jose Marti Ecuadorian-Cuban Institute.

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