The following is a letter by Eduardo Whaite Paredes (Venezuela, AC 08-10) to Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela.
Dear Mr. President,
How about a life with no limitations? How about a life when you can do anything you want, whenever you want it with no strings attached? A life where there are no rules to follow?
In reality it goes a little bit deeper than that, don’t you agree? You might think that those are the consequences of a well-managed democracy, but it is in fact the causes of what we back in Venezuela have known as anarchy in the last decade.
We started believing in a candidate at the end of the 90’s, a leader who could let us be part of that abstract concept that we have learned to know as globalization. A few years after, one of the biggest companies in the world: PDVSA, by far the greatest oil company that our country has had in all of its history, was in danger and started having big deficit problems, after leaving without a job more than 10.000 well educated citizens of the capital, just because they voted in the elections against the “Bolivarian Government”. You will have to agree with me that at least we are known for having the President with more pride than anyone else, or at least than anyone else in Venezuela…
But well…now that we are certain that the PDVSA issue was left behind in the past we just have to enjoy ourselves because we have our biggest asset being managed by this group of “revolutionary people” that know exactly what are they doing. Let me point out some examples for you of how well managed is being our country: we are now considered the most dangerous country in all of South America, more than 300 people are killed every weekend by murder, there is only one TV channel that is not being managed by the government which in my personal opinion it is not going to last more than one year. And the most impressive fact, which I experienced not too long ago: the government tried to change all the constitution and they lost the elections for it, but that is not impressive at all is it? No, of course it is not…the thing is that in the present day, our prideful president has managed himself in order to change every law in the Constitution, little by little as Noel Gallagher might say and now he has actually changed over the 65% of the old Constitution to his “artistic masterpiece” as he calls it.
We are now experiencing a vast set of changes, and in the future I am pretty sure that we all are going to regret what happened yesterday, what is happening today and what will happen tomorrow in the social, economical and political aspect of the “Bolivarian” Republic of Venezuela.
But who are we to judge right?
Thank you in advance Mr. Chavez, for taking some of your time to read this…
The Venezuelan people.