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Editorial / Commentary / Opinion
2010: The Year of Opportunities
In the last eleven years, Venezuelans have seen how the country shifted towards the establishment of a dictatorial government. Hugo Chávez has spent eleven years ruining the country’s democratic institutions, breaking the rule of law and destroying the justice system.
During these eleven years, the country’s plural society has made great efforts to defend – and restore – democracy to Venezuela. Important battles have been won thanks to these efforts, but they have not been sufficient to halt the offensive maintained by the President.
Now, 2010 is shaping up as a key year to stop the spread of the hegemony of power so coveted by the current president. The next year looks to be, without a doubt, a year of great opportunity – that of the National Assembly elections. Besides, failing to take advantage of this opportunity would be condemning the country to ten years or more of dictatorship and impoverishment.
The parliamentary elections offer an opportunity to rescue the Assembly from the clutches of a single political mindset, as well as a chance to achieve a political thinking represented by the diversity that characterizes the Venezuelan population.
This would be the first step in restoring the country’s institutions, regaining the independence of public authorities, and even curbing the factory of Bolivarian laws that purports to shield communism.
However, turning these opportunities into reality requires work, work and more work.
Work by political parties and their leadership, casting pettiness aside to give preference to unifying candidates who represent the interests of voters, versus the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) candidates who represent the wishes of the President instead of the interests of the people.
Work by civil society, leaving behind a desire for the limelight and collaborating with the parties in a coordinated effort, serving the country and acting as channels of communication between voters and parties.
Work by entrepreneurs and the precarious manufacturing sector that still survives, to take up the cause of Venezuelan democracy and liberty.
Work by employees in all industries, laborers, technicians and professionals to be proponents of free enterprise and entrepreneurship as the only means of sustainable prosperity.
Work by the media, journalists, communicators and analysts to point out the way.
Work by students and the people at large to sow the seeds for the future they long for.
If just one individual fails to perform his duty, we run the risk of allowing a budding dictator to continue destroying a country that belongs to everyone.
Along those lines, VenEconomy wishes pease for all Venezuelans this Christmas and invites you to fight for freedom and democracy in 2010.
We end with a very special greeting for all those who today mourn the loss of loved ones due to crime and overwhelming impunity, for those who are unjustly imprisoned for political reasons, and for those forced into exile to avoid injustice.
VenEconomy has been a Venezuela's leading specialized publisher on financial, political and economic data since 1982. VenEconomy's Points of View on the issues of the day, as seen by VenEconomy during the last week. Petroleumworld does not necessarily share these views.
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