Sunday, February 15, 2009

"Here Begins A New Bolivia!"--Pres. Evo Morales

[photo credit: AP] Aymara indigenous woman casts her ballot on the Constitutional referendum in a rural Bolivian schoolhouse.

"This is the second independence, the true liberation of Bolivia," President Evo Morales exclaimed. "It protects all Bolivians and excludes no one."

Bolivia voted to adopt a new Constitution with over 60% approval last month . For the first time ever, Bolivian law will grant clear legal recognition of the nation's indigenous people, "those who have been the most discriminated against, humiliated and excluded," declared President Evo Morales.

The new Constitution formally enacted just last week (2/7/09) ushers in other important changes:

1) The state will take an expanded role in the management of the nation's resources;

2) Large land purchases are limited to 12000 acres;

3) President Evo Morales, as the first indigenous Bolivian president, will be allowed to run for a second term.

Bolivia remains the poorest South American country, but the new Constitution brings hope to the poor that they can shake their colonial history and take their lives and their country into their own hands.

I watched Evo Morales' inauguration while I was in Bolivia, and experienced the enthusiasm of the indigenous nations. Much like Obama, as the first US African-American president, signaled a dramatic and new era in the country's history, Bolivia knew that Morales signaled change. I hold him in my heart with great affection, and I feel like he is an ally in values. This new Constitution is a triumph of the human spirit.

Congratulations, Bolivia!


Dusty said...

Wow...I had no idea B.E! Thanks for posting this, putting it up on Sirens. ;)

Border Explorer said...

Thanks, Dusty. I can't believe how LITTLE press this received. It's no wonder you "had no idea."

I've been speculating on that and my theory is that because Bolivia is a poor country, the press does not think they matter. The general public does not pay attention or care about Bolivia because it is a poor country.

Any comments on that? Anyone?

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Well, it's not only poor, it's small. And it doesn't make our gas prices go up or down or harbor Al Qaeda. So the press ignores it. Not that such ignorance is right.

I'm glad to hear about the new constitution.

Border Explorer said...

Yes, Ruth. The prevailing attitude of the world is: "if it does not affect my life one way or the other, then it does not matter." Seems like only a few understand that we all affect one another; we are all part of a whole, with all of us important.

Ingrid said...

wow..this is a great account of something you've witnessed before as well. You ought to write for that website that James (Joiner) is writing, ask him what it's called, I ought to be on it!!
hugs, gotta go and make breakfast..