By JUAN T H
If we really want change, if we want to have a large, developed country that has no one to envy another, we have to start with ourselves. If we do not change our attitude, our behavior, our culture, our education, nothing will change, we will continue to be a third world country, never a first world country. And much less of the fourth world as there are already many.
The country changes if we change, if we respect the lights of the traffic lights, if we do not throw garbage in the street, if we learn to say “good morning”, “good night”, “thank you”, “sorry”, “bon appetit”, if we stand in line respecting the rights of others, if we give way, if we act as citizens, not as individuals, complying with laws, regulations and protocols, if we respect the elderly by treating them as wise for their knowledge and experience, not as waste social. (Domestic education)
Education is essential for change. Educating a people takes time. Years ago we should have started. But the visionless politicians, unable to see beyond their personal and group ambitions, have invested time and money in keeping the people in ignorance to crawl, to keep them in power, enriching themselves while the humble workers, peasants, housewives, etc., become impoverished. A people without education will never emerge from underdevelopment. It is not by chance that the PLD has encouraged gambling so much. We have more betting banks than universities, schools, colleges, clubs, hospitals and clinics so that the poor put their destiny in the hands of chance. That cursed inheritance of the PLD, which I hope will never return to power, must disappear.
I bet on the “change” of Luis Abinader. I put all my energy into winning the elections, just like most people. And he won them! But the new president will not be able to do it alone. It will require the contest of all the good Dominicans. Change means struggle of the old against the new (and vice versa), of criticism and self-criticism, of sacrifices, giving more than receiving. (Don’t ask yourself what your country does for you, ask yourself what you do for your country, “said Kennedy)
The change is not only in the Executive branch, it is also in the Congress and in the Justice. In the three branches of the State – not in one – change must come. Luis Abinader is doing what he promised. The State will cease to be a spoil of war. It will simplify it by eliminating those institutions that do not make sense or merging it with others that do the same job. It will end with the “bottles”. No one can collect without working. If you eliminate corruption, you will save more than 400 billion pesos every year that you can invest in schools, hospitals, homes, citizen security, energy, transportation, etc. It is a revolution. This people must raise awareness and make the work of the new president their own. Accompany him, because he will need it. The enemies of progress are lurking, as always.
The President is appointing people he considers honorable. Those gentlemen and ladies must act with humility and simplicity, without arrogance or arrogance. Being close to people, serving them. They cannot be exhibited in bars and restaurants with women of “the happy life” spending the money of the town as if it were their own. The expenses of “representation” have to be reduced and in many cases eliminated. This government cannot be the same or similar to that of the PLD.
One thing is certain: The official who makes a mistake and sticks his hand in, they will cut it off. Luis will not tolerate corruption. He will not steal, but he will not allow others to do so either. (Know it well, gentlemen ministers, vice ministers, general directors, deputy directors, military, police, ambassadors, consuls, lawyers and journalists!)
In order for change to be change, not “cat-leopardism” (change so that everything remains the same, so that nothing changes), a regime of consequence is urgent. The rule of law for everyone, without injustices or privileges. A regime of consequences from top to bottom, from the rich to the poor. Let indulgences end, that no one can be placed above the law no matter who he is, including the president himself. We are all supposed to be equal before the law, but it happens that in this country there are some who are more equal than the others. And it can’t be.
I bet on a change- And I want it! The PRM has no excuses for not paying the historical debt that it has with the Dominican people since 1961 when the PRD came from exile and wanted, with Juan Bosch, to produce a change after the deserved murder of Trujillo. The coup d’etat frustrated him. Abinader Corona wants to pay off that enormous debt, for which, I reiterate, he will need everyone’s help.
— El Jacaguero to eljacaguero.com.do