Miami, February 17, 2014

Blossoming Serious threats to Democracy

By Amanda Gorski *

Our continent is already threatened by the tidal wave of the so called Socialism of the 21st Century which breakdowns institutionalism and destroy democracy; this is the case of Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela, were dictatorships have taken over.

It is clear that the ALBA project dictators have managed to impoverish countries with every opportunity for development and prosperity. They have managed to destroy any possibility of development using institutional means to fool the people, while enriching with public funds, as in the case of Argentina, and perpetuate themselves in power.

We must applaud the Honduran people for the results of their recent elections; they managed to curb the influx of an impending Zelayista dictatorship designed and manipulated by the Castro-Chavez regime.

However, this year 2014, more than ever, the continent must be vigilant and attentive to the slow the progressive invasion of the so-called Socialism of the 21st Century; what happened last December in Chile is an example.

There will be elections on February 2nd in El Salvador and in Costa Rica, and the threat to democracy and institutionalism is ever so present, endangering both the people and the development of these nations.

We have seen in the past 12 months how those dictators have destroyed their nations infrastructure, dilapidated the natural resources, confiscated enterprises, and constantly empowering themselves eliminating the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches independence. Inflation, violence and insecurity are multiplying every day such as in the cases of Venezuela and Argentina.

El Salvador

In the case of El Salvador the presidential candidates from ARENA, Norman Quijano, and from FMLN, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, face a hard-fought election where all surveys indicate that a runoff is expected. Historically, the country went through major conflicts including a civil war. However the ARENA party had wide acceptance until last election where Mauricio Funes, representative of the FMLN was elected President.

According to the polls, the Salvadoran people’s concerns by order of importance are: first the economy, followed by employment, poverty and insecurity. At this point, it is very important to note that the current Government made a pact with the gangs that control the drug trafficking: in other words, the Government made a pact with criminals instead of eliminating the terror and the violence that characterize them.

The current leftist Government, more than addressing the long term issues of unemployment and poverty,  has only masked the Government's policies using deception and propaganda instead of solving immediate basic needs. Clearly agreeing with criminals is not the way to bring peace.

Unfortunately, it is difficult for many people to see the results of a liberal democratic Government and free market, which actually generates employment and development (both on a personal and National level). It is here where the Castro-Chavez regime strategically operates with its hegemonic plans in order to destroy the democratic structures of the countries in the short term.

Costa Rica

The case of Costa Rica is very peculiar: the country has enjoyed for a long time a reputation of stability and security, constantly attracting foreign investment. According to the Human Development Index of the 2012, Costa Rica is the seventh best country in Latin America and the second in Central America, which confirms the positive factors that exist in this Nation.

Regardless of the above, at some point in its history Governments have come to be manipulated by the forces of the Castro regime, as it was when they supported the Sandinista Guerrillas directed, funded and controlled by the Cuban dictatorship. If this happened at the end of the seventies, we must take into account the possibility that the so-called Socialism of the 21st Century - which is nothing more than a monster made in Havana and packaged in Caracas - with its candidate Jose Maria Villalta Florez-Estrada of the Frente Amplio Party, may try to reproduce what has already happened in Venezuela and Ecuador.

 *Political Scientist, Sociologist, Associate Director of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy