Oh, boy — the country has issues but let’s hope we are not seeing them try to solve them by adopting policies that we know do not work:
LA PAZ, Bolivia — Bolivians approved a new constitution Sunday and handed a victory to populist President Evo Morales in his campaign to establish a new economic and political order in Latin America’s poorest nation, preliminary results indicated.
Television stations reporting early vote counts projected voters had approved the constitution, 60% to 40%, in the national referendum. A simple majority is needed to approve the constitution.
But preliminary results didn’t appear to indicate the overwhelming victory Mr. Morales’s party wanted. The projected 60% support would be enough to prevent opposition leaders from contesting the results, but illustrates how the country remains sharply divided. The margin of victory appeared to be less than a recall election in August, which Mr. Morales won with 67% of the vote.
If Morales is losing popularity as he goes, it is a good sign that the people are now more and more skeptical of the changes that he is bringing. Which, to say the least, is a breath of fresh air for a region trying to have a democratic, socialist revolution which has left many of us conservatives more than a little skeptical and ho-hum.
But really, I did not see it going anywhere else.
Socialism, when given the chance, will always fall flat on its face. It requires little to no pushing from behind from other nations.
The new constitution seeks to give the central government greater control over natural resources and “decolonize” the country by redistributing wealth and recognizing new rights for Bolivia’s majority indigenous population.
It also will allow Mr. Morales to run for another five-year term in general elections planned for December.
Bolivian political analyst George Gray Molina said despite flaws, the document may be a step towards uniting the divided country.
“What most Bolivians want and what I think we need is a hybrid constitution that can juggle liberal democratic values and indigenous rights,” which the new constitution does, he said.
Wall Street Journal
Unfortunately, indigenous rights does not mean controlling other people’s private property; collective ownership only results in the individual having their basic rights compromised. Everyone starts wearing the majority around their leg like a ball & chain.
Needless to say, collectivization of the economy has never resulted in long-term improvements for the people. Rather, it results in a long-term socialist stagnation where people are kept afloat by and dependent upon a government which has increasing power in their lives.
If the Bolivians are not careful they might find themselves in a similar position as the Venezuelans, whose conservative private schools are threatened to be shut down, or the Cubans, who have little to no free speech.