Sunday, November 26, 2006
Well, the laissez-faire capitalist stole the election in Mexico in 2006. They backed Ãlvaro Uribe in Columbia with billions of dollars in aid and military assistance. They undoubtedly funneled money and other support to Alan Garcia in the Peruvian election. They couldn't though keep Daniel Ortega from winning in Nicaragua. Nor could they keep Rafael Correa from winning in Ecuador.
- Correa of Ecuador and
- Ortega of Nicaragua now join the following:
- Bachelet of Chile
- Castro of Cuba, and
- Chavez of Venezuela
- Nicanor Duarte Frutos of Paraguay
- Kirchner of Argentina
- Lula of Brazil
- Morales of Bolivia and
- VÃ¡zquez of Uruguay
as relatively leftwing Latin American leaders, all duly elected with the exception of Castro.
We say "relatively" here, because these are not all socialists by any stretch. Only Castro can be called a socialist. Even Chavez, so far, has only put forth social-democratic policies and programs. For the most part, they are social-welfare state, mixed-economy advocates.
Correa, however, has no party representation in the legislative body. He wants a new constitution, but the current constitution doesn't give him the constitutional authority to hold a constitutional convention. Of course, authority comes from God by way of the grassroots. Will the people of Ecuador back Correa?
Interestingly, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Surinam, Uruguay, and Venezuela have agreed to visaless travel for each other's citizens. Citizens of these countries can enter any of the others for ninety days with just an ID card. This region is up-and-coming. They are headed in exactly the opposite direction of "Fortress America." Good for them. They aren't isolationists as are those for "Fortress America."
The European Union has a similar feature called the Schengen Agreement. All of the member states and Iceland and Norway are planning to be visaless concerning each other by the end of 2007 except for the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, which have more limited data sharing systems.
The issue is whether the data will be abused for fascism.
The South Americans are considering a union similar to the European Union: A South American Parliament.