Venezuela: Anarchy or Democracy?

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…

Truly yours,

The Venezuelan people.

4 thoughts on “Venezuela: Anarchy or Democracy?

  1. I see you are taking thoughts about world spins, actually on your country turmoil, that’s great, people should not be set themselves away from close and far away problems countries have at present times.
    Opinions give ideas and with ideas solutions comes.

  2. epale edgardo como va todo? que bien q la estes pasando bien.. no hay nada mejor que tomar iniciativas y hacer sentir nuestros sentimientos por medio de la expresion escrita y mas en una revista de un uwc con tanta relevancia como el de Gales. La presente es para agregarle un poco a tu idea principal… el titulo de tu articulo dice anarquia o democracia… no crees que sea conveniente hacer una especia de aclaracion de conceptos primero a cada uno de estos terminos?.. personalmente pienso que lo ocurrido en PDVSA no creo que alla sido simplemente porq los trabajadores no dieron su voto a la revolucion bolivariana, sino que no cumplieron con su deber y mas en una empresa que constituye la arteria principal del país. No se si recuerdas que durante el paro “indefinido” que llevaron a cabo “lideres” si se les puede llamar asi motivando a miles de trabajadores para que faltaran a sus trabajos solo por seguir un movimiento politico( que como tu estoy de acuerdo con ello) que le se convirtió en un golpe directo al corazón del país y que hasta ahora y algunos años futuros se debe trabajar para sopesar las grandes perdidas que se dieron?.
    Por otro lado no te parece que el hecho de que para validar una constitución , que posteriormente no fue favorable para el gobierno sea un aspecto relevante característico de la democracia? … Con esto no quiero hacer critica directa y perdona si en mi tono en algun momento notas alguna subida de voz, pero pienso que si vas a escribir un articulo sobre este tema debes basar y fundamentar muy bien lo que quieres expresar, porq no sólo algunos pueden entrar a este sitio y verlo sino que una comunidad internacional como la de un colegio del mundo unido esta observando eso y pienso yo que nuestro deber en estas instituciones es otorgar y promulgar una realidad objetiva de la situación de nuestro país, además de transmitir nuetsra cultura y florklore.
    Me siento sumamente contento de que tomes este tipo de iniciativas y entiendo tu descontento y ganas de exponer tus puntos de vista, pero recuerda que se deben fundamentar las ideas que nos proponemos a defender y no caer en el fanatismo politico y “repetición” que abunda en nuestro país en ambas partes de su rostro politica….
    espero leas este mensaje y q todo este muy bien alla en Gales, mis mejores deseos… saludos desde la Costa mas Rica de America Central.

  3. Que bien la verdad me da mucho gusto que te des la oportunidad de decir lo que piensas de tu presidente, ojala que hubiera mas jovenes como tu con los mismos ideales. la verdad concuerdo mucho contigo y no estoy nada de acuerdo con las politicas de Hugo Chavez me parece una persona demasiado tonta para tener bajo su mandato a un pueblo tan hermoso como Venezuela, para tu pais tiene un potencial gigantesco para crecer pero el unico obstaculo para el desarrollo de Venezeula es su mismo presidente.

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