By JUAN T H
We know that the Dominican Liberation Party did ethical and moral damage to the country like no other political organization. What we did not suspect was that the damage was so great. It will take a long time to heal the wounds it did to the social body – as it is said now – of the nation.
The PLD, as I have previously pointed out, corrupted itself and corrupted others: politicians, intellectuals, artists, academics, lawyers, engineers, doctors, journalists, the military, police, firefighters, clubs, owners of the media, businessmen, merchants, employees, workers, peasants, housewives, and pedlars. The feast of corruption touched us all in one way or another. No one was left without dancing. Society suffered from cancer injected during the PLD governments, which metastasized throughout her body. We do not know if radio and chemo can reduce the malignant tumors that kill us as a country, as a society. No one came out of the mud without getting muddy. The swamp was too big.
The Modern Revolutionary Party has the task of producing prophylaxis in the State if it wants to save the nation, so that the PLD never comes back to power – never again! On the contrary, good political practices must lead to the disappearance of the PLD; its destruction. Never again PLD! Never more!
The political party system collapsed. I do not know if the political class knows it, but it is so. This electoral process served to remove from the stage many perverse figures, stagnant in the past, who do not have the slightest idea of what is happening in the world. Medieval-minded politicians no longer have a place. It took time and process. The PLD, as its founder Juan Bosch would say, has already completed its cycle, its reason for being, if it ever had one. Now it is a setback for development.
To destroy the PLD, to erase it from the face of the island, from history if possible, the PRM government led by Luis Abinader has to act transparently, with well-defined objectives, putting politics at the forefront of its actions. I think it should start by telling the people what the PLD leaders did in 20 years in the positions they held, how they came to power and how they want to leave. They were solemnly poor, lower middle class and very low. Now they are wealthy inorganic bourgeois, businessmen, partners in many companies, landowners, etc. No one will be able to justify their fortunes. That must be said to public opinion. Let the people know their economic executioners, those responsible for their poverty. Then they have to pay for the damage done. Anyone who cannot justify their assets to jail and strip them of what was stolen. (No matter what it’s called, what position it occupies or has occupied. No sacred cows. The one who made it, pay it!)
The perremeístas are not from another planet, they are part of the system, they have the same vices and shortcomings as the perredeístas, peledeístas, reformists, etc. I do not have great illusions because the “change” is not the result of a revolution, but of a conjuncture, of a desire of today President Luís Abinader and some of his followers, not even the majority.
I believe, however, that there is an attitude, a desire, a will and great social pressure for us to take a pole leap. This must be a transitional government during which we will have to heal the wounds, put our finger on the sore even if it hurts, to heal the cancer left by the PLD governments. Let’s start by doing justice by condemning the corruption of the past and the present, let’s modify the Constitution, not for re-election, but to give us a modern, democratic, inclusive, libertarian, and just state that breaks with inequality and marginality, a more transparent State and equitable.
Luis Abinader has an extraordinary challenge ahead of him. It will not be easy for you to bring about the changes you want on the ethical, moral, economic and political plane in the midst of a global economic and health crisis. To “do what needs to be done”, we need other values, another education, a different way of seeing and doing things. We cannot leave it alone because the task is not of a man, it is of a people.
— El Jacaguero to eljacaguero.com.do