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How useful for Bolivia is to have warlordism in the hands of an occasional president?! if any!!

Egocentrism? Cockiness? Dictatorial? Incapacity? are a few words that describe most of the actions of current president in power, as well as those of his minions…

Eric Cardenas writes for El Diario:

Presidential warlordism

Eric CardenasThe warlordism in the light of political science is the political trend granting exceptional powers to chiefs or political leaders, those who exercise power arbitrarily and in a total way in political and administrative matters; It is also a synonym for “Chieftain”, i.e. that one which commanded and ordered in a locality under his control.

The first expressions of primitive societies organized Government was precisely “caudillo-type”, because it did not have the concept of popular sovereignty, which was a construction of political philosophers, as a brake to the excesses of the power of Kings and princes, which were the State itself, as Luis XIV sentenced with the argument that the power came from God,: “I am the State”. This, first theoretical construct (Juan Bodino, Hugo Grocio, Tomás Hobbes, Juan Locke, Juan Rousseau), then became a reality with the American (1776) and French (1789) revolutions, i.e. that it is a conquest of the ‘liberalism’, understood as a State of freedom, equality and fraternity, concepts introduced by the Liberator Simon Bolívar in the Constitution which was drafted for our country and which was put into effect in 1826. However the Greek sages already had the concept of the origin of power in the village.

The tragedy of many people in the world and, in particular, in our indo-hispanic America, it has been and is that those who come to political power by any of the access roads, “de facto” or “jure”, after a brief time in the exercise are setting aside their promises and dizzy for power, become warlords, despots and ones which seek to subject the people to their whims and interests, which are none other than the enjoyment of power accompanied by a reduced cut from brown-noses, with dreadful results for the society and its future.

Our political history is saturated with excesses of power that short-term rulers, exercised especially in the 19th century and also at this time.

Precisely one of the evils of our political organization (State power and his Administration) the system of Government is presidential, in which the President becomes a caudillo, located on the cusp of power, in such a way that reissued, in some way, the form of a “monarchical” Government, i.e. the power of one, who is the head of all functions or organs of power, he legislates, executes or manages and makes justice (at his discretion), appoints Ministers, ambassadors, military hierarchy, they happen to be rather than the State, but the warlord’s officials.

To control or attack the excess of power, as Montesquieu said: “which it has the power, it tends to make use and abuse of this”, the system of Government, democracy and rule of law has established the division of powers or organs of power, in such a way that one of them makes the law, another runs it and another administers justice, all on the same level of hierarchy, where ones control the others in order to prevent despotism. But when the others are concentrated in a single organ, there is no democracy, less freedom, disappearing the rule of law, where rulers and ruled are subject to the law, which was replaced by the will of a small group of power which aims to perpetuate itself in the same.

The fight for democracy and law is the struggle of humanity in the course of history, which has gone through the different eras or ages (ancient, middle, modern, contemporary and current), with high costs in sacrifice, pain and death of the people, and our (Bolivian) is one of the examples of the fight for freedom and against any internal or external oppression, because we must not forget that all power generates resistance.

To avoid the excesses of the power of warlordism, it is good that periodically there are alternation in the administration of the State (of the power of the State) and thus the Mexican Porfirio Díaz said it: “when a man has occupied a position invested with power for both time, might be persuaded that it is his private property and is good that free people are put on guard against these tendencies of personal ambition”.

http://www.eldiario.net/noticias/2013/2013_05/nt130511/opinion.php?n=32&-caudillismo-presidencialista

Sadly, current president stubbornly (at the cost of human lives: Calancha) pushed for a new constitution and said publicly (with the presence of international observers) that he will not run for a third time… he also said that the moment a Bolivian would result dead, he would quit office… unfortunately there are over dozens of people who died tragically since he assumed power…

So, do we have to believe in such a person?! Is he trustworthy?! I really don’t think so!