Monday, December 04, 2006

Is Alek Boyd getting into politics?

I am happy to see this type of optimism among my countrymen. I am happy though that, and in despite of all kinds of abusive tactics from the chavismo, the feeling is that Chavez won legally. It really brings another mood to the table and close a very hurtful chapter of the political history of the country. A hecharle piernas pues! Did I read well Alek? I would love to have a political representative like him in Venezuela, directly facing their opponents with facts and pragmatism. Am I dreaming? Reading too much the Ni-ni Chronicles and thinking this can happen? I welcome with open arms his wishes to shake the Venezuelan political arena. However, I think he might be committing suicide. He will be crushed by the chavismo authoritarian policies, or worst, by the ineptitude of the political opposition, surrounded by a whole bunch of blinded prehistorical egos. Alek is definitively the flavor that is missing in the ice cream store where everything taste and looks like mass produce cheap strawberry, but I am afraid I will see him in London sooner than expected.

Venezuela, the day after...
by Aleksander Boyd

Caracas 04.12.06 | Many calls urging people to take to the streets. Many emails demanding information, evidence about fraud. Many people desperate, depressed, hysterical, behaving irrationally. Irresponsible announcements, Monday night quarterbacks viciously attacking Rosales on the airwaves, accusing him of being a coward, of having sold us, of having negotiated and compromised Venezuela's democracy. Many opposition folks affirming categorically that the Venezuela they grew up in died and took with it its freedom. The spectacle I saw yesterday at Rosales' campaign HQs was pathetic, surreal, but today's was even worse. And let it be known that I am not referring to the electoral results, rather to the behaviour of most people in this side of the divide. Now I understand clearly why the opposition movement, as an entity, has such a bad reputation worldwide. They put me to shame, apart from Miguel, Daniel and a handful of others, no one took the results stoically.

And the sun rose and the beautiful Avila was there, the city in the same place. To those kind readers that have sent support messages let me say this much: I am not depressed, I do not feel defeated nor cheated, I neither want to die nor to move back to London immediately. On the contrary I feel very much alive, eager to build a fresh political platform with a large base, I will put an end to this void, to this business of lacking political representation. I sincerely hope I'll manage to stay in this country permanently and find like minded people to start together the long road towards a bright, peaceful and progressive future. My commitment is second to none and my sole loyalty is towards this, my country, the only one I have got. My commitment is to its people, all 26 million of them. I harbor no hate for I refuse to be infected by nonsensical attitudes that can only lead to harm.

Losing an election is just part of the art of politics. I am not a sore loser, never have, never will. I want to congratulate publicly the winner, President Hugo Chavez that is, for he proved all of us that he is the choice of the majority. 62,57% of my compatriots approve of his performance and I am obliged, as a democrat, to accept and respect their will.

In equal measure I want to congratulate Manuel Rosales, for showing the way, for having taught me that pragmatic, commonsensical individuals can achieve things in this country's politics. A new time is ahead of us and daring is not an attitude one adopts temporarily, rather is a way of life.

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