The news about our government taking over our privately owned pension funds reminded me of something I meant to write about for a while now, and its something Americans know well.
I’m talking about freedom here.
We, as South Americans with a totalitarian government that considers Fidel and Chaves buddies, are loosing our freedoms at high speed.
Freedom of speech has suffered greatly, specially after Mr. Kirchner handed over the presidency to his wife.
Reporters are simply afraid to say or write the truth, with only one news channel making some weak attempts to speak up.
They are threatened with censorship based on a newly created institution, the “Observatorio de Discriminación en los Medios”, something that translates into the “Media Discrimination Observatory”.
BS aside and cutting to the chase, if the govt. doesn't like what a person, tv channel or paper says, it gets censored by this institution, claiming that such remarks are “discriminatory” .
As usual, fear is one of a governments greatest tool. Put enough fear into people and they’ll do or approve anything.
Just look at what happened now with the 700 billion rescue.
Why was it finally approved? Because, as GWB said(speach on CNN), the alternative would be far worse.
People believe this and are willing to sacrifice a bit more in order to avoid greater damage.
When Obama becomes president, how much freedom will you be willing to give up to him, in order to supposedly avoid greater damage?
Because of what happened in 2001, we gave our president “super powers” in order to help get us through the crisis. It gave him, among other things, a certain margin to work independently without the approval of congress on certain cases. Supposedly this is an emergency, desperate measure and the president will willingly give up his superpowers when there’s no need for them any more.
Seven years later and the current president still holds these "super powers", and isn’t even considering giving them up.
Among the many measures taken by our government, one of the most aggressive and bold was it’s anti gun campaign.
The project shamelessly accepts that the mission is to reduce the amount of weapons among the population, and ultimately ban, destroy or confiscate any gun civilians may own.
Be very aware guys, to these subtle and sometimes not so subtle losses of civil rights.