Some people say that democracy is not the best political system. I’m not sure, I’m no expert and I have lived in a system that has nothing like it. But every time that any event give us the illusion of a democracy, I have to tell you: it feels so good! -. To see those five leaders respecting the rules, the word order, speaking without insults, talking about something entirely new: talking about private property, opportunities, reconciliation, justice, jobs... And everybody, and by this I mean everybody, even Chavez supporters; talking about it.
This morning, at my office, we engaged in a verbal fight about Pablo Perez’ paternal speech versus Diego Arria radical – but perhaps necessary- measures; others were discussing about whether they would give their vote to Capriles despite how much Maria Corina excelled in her speech. And when the screams (yes, there were screams), were over; we all smiled. No one smiles after a fight but we did. We smiled as soon as a colleague said “you know, we are not talking about Chavez this time”. That’s such a relief, to be talking about something else. We almost felt like we were in a different country.
On Twitter, rough talks are also served. Chavez supporters have promoted a tag #debatequebrao to criticize the debate. But this proves they also watched it. They must have felt the contrast between Chavez’ solo aggressive, distant, repetitive and threatening speech which can last for hours; and an hour and a half event where five people only had one minute to answer common people’ questions. Main papers have the debate in their front page. For the first time is not about Chavez or his terrible moves, for the first time it is about us. For the first time in almost 10 years, we can say we have a different political agenda.
I already tweeted my personal opinions on the performance of each candidate. But, now that I’m blogging about it, I don’t think this is important. The importance of last night do not relay on each candidate individual proposals, on rational decisions we make after watching their performances. The importance of last night lays on feelings. I have already said it but it really is about that, about how good it felt. Last night was a tea spoon taste of democracy and peace. I almost thought we were unable to recognize their taste, but after 12 years, is still there, inside of us.
And it is making us feel a lot better.
So kuddos to the Student Movement (the once White Hands) for making it happen and in my alma mater UCAB which makes me extra proud!!!. I hope we can presence similar events again and again and over again. Until democracy can come back to us in a much bigger dosis.