Carlos Toranzo writes in Pagina Siete:
Rule of Law?
Is the rule of law a Western institution and therefore does not deserve to exist? Is the only rule of law the power of social movements and the discretion of the management of power by the government?
Who, will accept the norm and continue? Who accepted the laws and respect in our country? It seems that no one or very few; on the contrary, we have entered the vortex of it all, the total disrespect and violation of the law and the State Constitution.
Are cooperative miners mining law abiding? Do coca-growers accept the standards for coca eradication? Do the carriers accept traffic laws? Will the mini-buses drivers accept the ban on charging for fractions of their route?
We are in an environment of anomie, there are no sense of existence of the rule, everyone can do what they want. Some approve its rules and not respect them, as with the Constitution. Could it be that the [re-]re-election is constitutional?
Others believe that the adopted rules are bad and so are not to be respected. What makes each one is judged legal by themselves; meanwhile, it is listed as illegal what others do.
There seems to be an implicit agreement among all to accept that everyone should violate the law. But we are in the jungle, as we know it is “law” of the fittest, which has some power. Fundamental law is who has the power that is the only valid and enforceable and applied as law. The weak, the opposition, the dissenter who thinks different from the Government, has no law that will protect him.
Swap is nothing to describe what is happening in the country, not only live the kingdom of immoral – as the tango says – but cynicism has rapidly entered politics, but by the cynicism is the obsequiousness that leads to justifying the unjustifiable.
Ways to no longer care anything or to lie, or in private or in public. No more embarrassment for violation of ethics; now it’s “ethics” of politics, that does not respect moral principles, but only the logic of power, the logic of maintaining power at all costs. Not only there is no sense of existence of the rule, but each day is more visible the collapse of institutions, institutions not only chipped but, worse than that, is deeply damaged and on the way to have more damage.
What is it about legality now in Bolivia? Is it legal for the armed forces to have been part of a terrorist act in Yacuiba years ago? Is it legal to have the police take care of the social movements when they are the ones who create public disorder?
Was it legal for the police not to act when social movements beset the Parliament? Is it legal to murder alleged terrorist separatists? Are all lynchings justified under the umbrella of community justice, legal?
Is it legal for the Executive to continue giving money to mining cooperatives and the COB? Does the Comptroller General audits monies of the program “Meets Evo”? Is it legal for the Comptroller to have a political favorite color? Is it legal to use public resources in acts of the MAS? Where is the institutionalization of electoral power, the judiciary, where is the validity of the checks and balances of the branches of the government?
The rule of law has been lost, and how not to be missed if, for years it was accepted what the President says, I put it just like that, although it is illegal, and that lawyers legalize the illegality.
The government does not respect the law, the State does not respect, but also the respect of social movements. What matters is that if nobody obeys law. But all that means is in danger everyday life among all Bolivians.
The Government confrontational language and disrespect of the law leads to a breakdown of democracy; citizens should avoid that.
Carlos Toranzo Roca is an economist.
The Government, with confrontational language and disrespect of the law, are leading to a collapse of democracy.