Is Nicaragua past the point of no return?

Opinion.


To no one’s surprise, Nicaragua’s National Assembly this week approved by a vote of 64 to 26 a series of constitutional reforms that will remove presidential term limits and allow Daniel Ortega to rule by decree. 



Congratulations to my Nicaraguan brothers and sisters; we have returned to a dictatorship by legal and illegal means. No, it’s not an exaggeration, it’s the reality in which we live.

 And it’s an ironic reality. The same people who overthrew the Somoza dictatorship more than three decades ago have risen to power to establish another dictatorship. It’s our fault; we have the government we deserve, or so they say.

This is not about political parties or ideologies anymore, it’s about the complete destruction of what it means to be Nicaraguan citizen.

Ortega’s dictatorship controls the executive branch (Ortega can now make laws by decree), the legislature (the Sandinista Front has a supermajority in the National Assembly) and the judiciary (Supreme Court judges have demonstrated that they’ve been bribed to rule in Ortega’s favor).

Maybe I’m just crazy.

This is a joke, right? Even though ruling for two consecutive terms and running for a third term is barred by our current constitution (the one still in effect today), the Supreme Court decided that Ortega could get reelected in 201. But violating the constitution once was not enough. No, Ortega is now preparing for reelection again in 2016. 

Why do we let history repeat itself? Why is it that the same people who participated in the revolution against Somoza have allowed Ortega to take total control of the country?

The answer, which is difficult to accept, is truly depressing.

It is the responsibility of all citizens to respond to the abuses that have just occurred thanks to the criminal and moral failures of our National Assembly. Unfortunately, there is no organization or opposition leadership that’s strong enough to make that happen. What we have instead is fear and complacency. We’ve become a country full of zombies. It’s like a horror movie with no end.



Nicaragua suffers from a very dangerous social crisis. Nicaragua is in a worsening state of liminality, and now we have to face the consequences. 

In sociological terms, liminal periods are those where there is political instability, an intellectual crisis at a social level, and national uncertainty about the future. These conditions can lead to radical changes, both positive or negative. 

In our case, they’re negative. We’ve allowed certain individuals to take the population hostage and guide us where they want in the name of power and profit. The same remorseless individuals intimidate small crowds of protesters who dare to defy their power. It does not help that these same individuals have control of the army, the national police, all four branches of government, and other institutions that influence society, such as the media, which is increasingly under the control of the ruling party. 

As if that were not enough, there is bread and circus in broad daylight. The government-sponsored amusement parks “for the people” and the Christmastime “purisimas,” which feel like soup kitchens for the desperate. This is charity for impoverished citizens, but it’s also the government’s attempt to control populations and gain their vote through bribery, while distracting them from important issues our country faces. 

There’s also the socialist model of distribution they use to gain approval from other sectors of society, where they give scholarships to students with the same money they take from their parents through taxes. Regardless of your political inclinations, there’s a price to be paid for all this. The hand that feeds cannot be bitten easily.

In a liminal state, citizens do not think rationally because rational traditions disappear. This crisis affects us emotionally, causing a great collective stress. Our traditions are replaced by new messages that begin to spread as citizens start adopting and imitating them. The “Pueblo Presidente” and ” Power to the People” propaganda gives the impression of empowerment to segments of the population who have felt socially marginalized. But there’s very little practical application. 

The idea of Nicaragua being “Christian, Socialist, and in Solidarity” promises a socially just and united country under the same religion, but the government does not live by its message because of the injustice it serves and the division it creates. There’s also the reconciliation movement that promised peace, but everyone has seen firsthand the constant anti-opposition rhetoric the government spews, dividing the country into “us and them.” 

We also have the Sandinista Youth (reminds me of the Hitler Youth in its effectiveness and loyalty), which should be the “Nicaraguan youth,” but apparently loyalty to the leader is more important than loyalty to country. These messages of “us versus them” are repeated, adopted, and mimicked at an institutional level for the purpose of dividing the country and captivating those who are in the “right” side of the situation.



A central figure in the liminal state is the trickster, who comes to power through deceit and rules the same way. The trickster is a dangerous character, and in times of crisis and uncertainty, entire populations consider them to be charismatic leaders. 

Hitler was an example of this type of character (Godwin’s law does not apply here). After losing the First World War, Germany was in ruins and its economy was shattered by the sanctions imposed by the Allies. The German people trusted Hitler for his immense charisma in times of crisis, because they needed someone strong to save them from their reality. And we all know how that turned out.

Many decades later we still wonder why a country with such a rich history fell for such a dangerous trickster figure. 

In our case, we have the Ortega family. They are Machiavellian figures who have spread their propaganda everywhere and convinced the people that they are their saviors to deliver them from crisis. The crisis, according to the presidential couple, was the socioeconomic result of nearly two decades of neoliberal governments.

Nicaraguans believe in Ortega in the same way that Americans believed in Barack Obama. Change and hope was what sold to the American people after nearly a decade of neoconservative governments that started two wars and destroyed the economy. But there was no change under Obama. Instead, the U.S. president continues Bush’s legacy, arguably having a worse track record than his predecessor in foreign policy and constitutional violations.



Sociologist Arpad Szakolczai explains what happens when tricksters like Hitler, Mussolini, Lenin, and Stalin come to power.



“When trickster figures are mistaken for saviors, then emotions will be continually and repeatedly incited, until the community is reduced to a schismatic state. Societies can maintain themselves in such situations of oppression and violence for a long time, without returning to normal order, if stable external referent points are absent. This is why schismogenic societies need to maintain themselves in a perpetual state of war; presumably surrounded by enemies (both external and internal) who try to conquer and destroy them”. The external enemy is the ” global capitalist empire” led by the United States and the internal is “the right“.



A schismatic state is where members of the community have very strong divisions, as in the case of Nicaragua.

 These figures exert their power and create a state full of hatred, hostility, fear and envy, which act as survival mechanisms for their own sake. We see this in our country coming from loyal groups who have nothing positive to say about the “capitalist right.”



These liminal states create schismatic figures. One could argue that during times of Somoza, we lived in another liminal state, from which one of these dangerous schismatic figures emerged: Daniel Ortega.


The Roman philosopher Cicero warned us, “Those who forget their history are doomed to repeat it.” In Nicaragua, history is repeating itself, and Sandino is rolling in his grave.



 

Johnny Siman, 23, is a local musician and photographer who studied Music Theory and Business Administration in Texas and Managua. He lives in Managua.

 

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    • Martin

      Contra Cross. It’s time

  • Erick

    This newspaper is part of the COMPRADOR class.
    You equate democracy to capital, not many people have capital in Nicaragua therefore only a few are truly free.
    Nicaragua needs a left wing nationalist social democracy.

  • Derryl

    “Nicaraguans believe in Ortega in the same way that Americans believed in Barack Obama. Change and hope was sold to the American people…”

    Obama turned out to be a servant of the Wall St and corporate interests who own and operate USA Inc. Maybe he really believed the Presidency is a position of power from which he could defy America’s corporate owners and make changes that benefit the American people. Or maybe Obama is just a convincing liar who had no intention of delivering what he promised.

    Americans believed in Ronald Reagan who promised “morning in America”. True, Reagan brought the US economy out of the late 70s doldrums, by vastly expanding the military-industrial complex at taxpayer expense, and taking America from the world’s biggest creditor nation to the world’s biggest debtor nation during his 8 years in office. Besides crushing public debt, Reagan’s other gift to the American masses was global free trade, which means freedom for US transnational corporations to fire American workers and replace them with Asian workers. How can unemployed Americans buy all the ‘cheap’ imported consumer goods? By making vast consumer debt availiable to everyone.

    The neoliberal economic policies initiated by Reagan are the direct cause of the current public and private debt crises in the US. Clinton, at the behest of Robert Rubin and Larry Summers, finished off the American people by liberating Wall St from Glass-Steagall which had prevented bankers from gambling with depositors’ money. The bankers gambled on massive mortgage fraud and fraudulent mortgage-backed ‘securities’, and sytematically robbed their own banks with $100 million annual CEO salaries and $100s of billions of annual ‘bonuses’ for the front-line thieves who peddled that shit to unsuspecting investors.

    The thieving bankers bankrupted their own banks and crashed the US financial system, and the democratic majority of Americans wanted the thieves punished and stripped of their proceeds of crime, but instead America’s rulers bailed out the bankers at the expense of America’s majority population. Not a single thieving banker was so much as charged with a crime, because the bankers are members of America’s corporate government, and they’re “too big to fail”.

    The US now has 10s of millions of ‘citizens’ who have been evicted from their foreclosed homes, and massive unemployment and poverty even though official unemployment statistics don’t include people who have exhausted their unemployment insurance and are simply no longer counted as “unemployed”. Income and wealth inequality in America was among the lowest in the world in the 1950s and 60s, but now the US is more unequal than most banana republics and African dictator states.

    This is NOT because America’s rich “earned” their billions, and America’s bankrupt penniless poor are worthless slackers. It is because, beginning with Reagan, America’s rich owned and operated the government, and made laws and policies that legalized their crimes against the American people. America has become a kleptocracy, rule by thieves, and life for the majority of America’s people is getting worse, not better. And America’s rulers have convinced the American people that it’s their own fault for being victims of the theft of their nation.

    Meanwhile in Latin America, governments like Chavez in Venezuela really do what Obama claimed he would do. They defy the neoliberal finance capitalists who steal the wealth of nations. They implement policies that try to make life in their country “better” for the majority of the citizens. Not just ‘fair’ to capitalists financed by Wall St who want to cripple the nation with IMF “structural adjustments” and buy the national infrastructure for pennies on the dollar, infrastructure that the people of the nation built with their own hands over decades and centuries.

    Ortega is a more benign dictator for the majority of Nicaragua’s people, than America’s ruling regime is for the majority of America’s people. Let’s compare reality to reality, not the reality of Ortega’s government to the pathetic delusion of America’s shining ‘democracy’, when in reality America is owned and operated and ruled by kleptocrats who don’t give a rat’s ass for America’s constitution or America’s people.

    • Johnny Siman

      While I agree with most of what you said, you missed the point entirely.

      The entire world went nuts when Obama was running for the 2008 elections because of his immense charisma and his stark contrast to Bush. I’m not comparing presidents, I’m comparing the emotional reactions charismatic leaders elicit from people, which turns into diehard trust of untrustworthy characters.

      Ortega’s a more benign dictator than America’s ruling regime? Chavez? Do you even understand Ortega’s past? Are you aware of what has happened to groups of protesters this year? They get beaten up by government sicarii while the police stands by idle under orders, and the chief of the National Police stays in silence.

      These people are not saints, they’re thieves. Chavez reportedly amassed between one to two billion dollars from the moment he rose to power till he passed away.

      As for Ortega, from the Christian Science Monitor:

      “Ortega’s “ALBA businesses” – known by an alphabet soup of acronyms, including ALBANISA, ALBALINISA, and ALBACARUNA – have cornered Nicaragua’s petroleum import and distribution markets, become the country’s leading energy supplier and cattle exporter, turned profits on the sale of donated Russian buses, and purchased a hotel in downtown Managua, among other lucrative investment moves.

      (…)

      In 2008, Nicaragua’s Central Bank reported that Venezuela gave Nicaragua $457 million in aid, all of which was managed privately by Ortega’s ALBA holdings, with no third-party oversight. ALBANISA, a joint Venezuelan-Nicaraguan oil company linked to Ortega, recently signed a 15-year energy contract expected to net the company upwards of $500 million, depending on price fluctuations. And last year’s oil imports earned the ALBA group an additional $280 million in revenue, according to calculations by opposition leader and former Inter-American Development Bank analyst Edmundo Jarquín.”

      And as 20th century American imperialism has shown us, what better way to protect one’s interests than by force? You sure it’s okay to trust Ortega with the police, the army, the media, healthcare, education, AND the entire government? Forever?

      All this anti-capitalist bullshit coming from these sold-out “socialists” is pure demagoguery for the uneducated minds they indoctrinated in the educational system they modeled for their own gain. They’ve become cult figures to a public that’s unaware that behind all these socialist talk lies a fortune. And the second they’re threatened, they have all the power in the world to protect themselves.

      Keep dreaming.

      • MariCarr

        Go back to whatever shit hole you crawled out of. Nicaragua does not need idiotic articles from delusional, and shady characters who get paid to advance an imperialist agenda for your puppet masters. You want to bring it on? We’re ready.

        • Royce

          Talk about delusional, Mari…

        • Mr. X

          @MariCarr It’s funny because you clearly know nothing with that response. Opinions are allowed and its a pretty valid one. Nicaragua is in transitory phase and the country is facing a anti-constitutional process , like it or not that is the truth. FYI The constitution is the most sacred law of a Country and if you rape it you can rape any law without fear, and that is not good for a country either.

          The only creature i believe that has to crawl back to a hole its the one that is so blinded by living under a rock its whole life.

          Cheers

        • Cristobal

          No MariCarr,

          Nicaragua does not need people like you. People who can not seem to openly discuss/debate. The consolidation of power and undemocratic rule by the Sandinista is a fact, there’s no denying it. Now, if you believe this is what is best for Nicaragua, that’s fine, your entitled to your opinion, but others have the right to disagree.

      • Ray

        Johnny,

        Couldn’t agree more with you.. We are in the same page. Congrats.
        Bro.

        Ray

    • Claudia

      Ortega has created a kleptocracy of his own in Nicaragua, he is by no means a socialist nor do his policies help de majority rural agrarian class, instead he steals us blind through oppression and corruption and if we don’t like it we get confiscated and if that does not shuts us up we are persecuted and intimidated by government institutions. I understand the immoral and scandalous behavior of the American financial power wheelers and dealers, but Chavez and Ortega are no saints and by ALL means are leader “tricksters” who have lei their way into power. They, like Hitler have created a sub- culture through feeding social resentments and will lei, deceit and continue to feed on social resentment to stay in power for as long as they can. The Ortega’s are so Machiavellian that they are infiltrated in the opposition, in the armed rebels in the north of Nicaragua, in civil society organizations, they are everywhere and they are there to divide and concur. There is no longer a sense that you can speak out without being afraid of persecution because a CPC (known as blue shirts, same as the brown jacked during Hitler) are listening and ready to report your sentiments to the “party”. God help Nicaragua and God help America!

    • NatanElias

      Many many words, very little truth.

  • Pedro Arauz

    A veces alguna gente decia que Pedro Joaquin Chamorro era nefasto porque atacaba a los Somozas cuando decian estos permitieron muchos capitales honrados ser creados entre ellos los Pellas, Chamorros ,Manticas, Gomez, etc, etc. Ahora entendemos que no es que era nefasto sino que el camino democratico mas que una opcion es la unica via possible por muy angosta que sea asi ahora estar contra Ortega es lo natural y no lo nefasto sin embargo comparando los Somozas nunca provocaron ni la mortandad, los crimenes, el robo, la destruccion de cientos de miles de familias que fueron robadas de un futuro mas bien todo lo contrario permitieron la creacion de una clase media extensa y exitosa. Para muchos los Ortegas actuales estan tratando de copiar a los Somozas pero tan solo por este articulo de la Sra. Hope Portocarrero de Somoza culta, fina y distinguida apoyando al necesitado con hechos la actual Sra. Murillo unicamente da verguenza, desesperanza y pena.

  • donna tabor

    Sadly many who need to read and understand this are illiterate.

    • http://therealnicaragua.com GringoLoco

      Come’on Donna, do you not remember a short few months after Danny-boy returned to the throne? La Chamuca announced the Sandis had eliminated illiteracy in NicaraWang!

      The truly sad aspect is the numbers of Nicas who sell their souls to the F$LN for a few laminas of zinc and a pig.

      Viva la robolucion indeed!

  • David Cardin

    Past the point of no return? When the mechanism for change no longer exists i.e. constitution changed by decree, and is supported by all 4 branches of government, how is it possible to stop all engines? Can’t!
    Combine the fact with the opposition’s weak and the system to control it’s getting stronger (media stronghold), how is it that this forming dictatorship will ever police itself to abide Of, By and For the People. Country, Continent or World? Power=Money=Greed

    • Johnny Siman

      There’s hope left but not at the present moment. Education comes first, followed by massive peaceful civil disobedience ala MLK and Gandhi. Protests like in Ukraine, Thailand, and in the Arab world won’t happen anytime soon, things would have to get bad enough for that here, and for that to happen, government well-fare would have to run dry. Those nations had the advantage of having an educated population with wide access to the Internet and the external influence that comes with it.

  • Julio D.

    Que hay de la empresa privada? mencionan que la gente, y que la propaganda y que nosotros nos hemos dejado. Al final del caso, ya que este articulo habla sobre la “realidad”, la realidad es que el poder en la politica, es el dinero, y si el dinero (la empresa privada) esta contenta con Daniel, pues todo va a seguir igual. Y esto es un paradigma que ocurre en todo el mundo, la gente, la poblacion, reclaman justicia, cuando en realidad los que dictan el si o el no es la empresa privada, o paises como los Estados, que dictan en nombre de intereses economicos propios. Pero porfavor, no podemos decir “ah esto es culpa de los nicas” que de los 6 millones, no todos tienen una buena educacion para entender lo profundo que llegan estos temas, la culpa la tienen los que tienen el conocimiento de las cosas, y el poder para cambiarlas, pero no lo hacen porque estan haciendo plata: LA EMPRESA PRIVADA. y cuando se den cuenta que cambiaron su libertad por dinero, nos van a cojer a todos, hayamos o no tenido influencia en la decision.

    • Johnny Siman

      Si, estoy de acuerdo completamente. Las mismas empresas que se quedaron en los 80’s para amarrarse con el gobierno se quedan calladas hoy en dia.

      La respuesta es sencilla pero requiero esfuerzo y disciplina. Un boycot economico le manda un mensaje claro a la empresa privada de que no estamos de acuerdo con esto.

      El problema es que con costo se pueden armar protestas pacificas, y para que un boycot de resultados, hay que educar a la gente primero. Y ahi es donde esta el problema mas grande: La falta de educacion. No ayuda que las empresas con los precios mas “bajos” sean las que estan amarradas, porque para gente con menos recursos, es dificil comprarle a la competencia si les resulta mas caro.

  • EJB

    Other evidence of the point of no return might be these huge and hideous yellow “trees of life” that R.M. continues to “plant” all over MGA at several thousand dollars each, and being so massively electrified they promise to be the gift that keeps on sucking. Meanwhile La Prensa reports this week that 55% of Nicaragua´s children are malnourished. What type of “socialism” justifies these facts?! Sounds
    like Imelda Marcos´s shoe collection all over again.

    • Johnny Siman

      That’s a forceful imposition of ideology that started with the year-round Christmas trees years ago. There’s a subliminal aspect to it that screams “we’re here to stay, get used to it” in my opinion, and I’m sure there’s a deep psychological aspect to it that I want to analyze in the future but I can’t explain thoroughly at the present moment. That’s besides the fact that it’s wasteful spending to the public.

  • Andrew Lugo

    I agree with what you wrote, but what if you added more fundamental questions? What would Sandino think of any political situation from the day he died until today? How does this dictatorship affect the campesino whom make up the majority of the population? If lets say, the opposition of Daniel Ortega would have won the past elections or the elections in 2008, would you be writing this article today? Sandino was born a campesino and he fought for principles, not for political gain…. The dictatorship you speak of… it is as it only affects the upper-middle class of Nicaragua… For example, there is a man named Victor who lives on my uncle’s farm.. All my life that I have known him, he has lived in the same tin hut with his wife. My father says he has lived like that all his life. His children obviously live like him as well. When will their lives change to actually have a chance to have an adequate education or a decent meal? Whether it is Somoza, Ortega, Chamorro, Bolaños, or again Ortega, Victor’s life has not changed one bit. If Eduardo Montealegre would have won the elections in 2008, would have Victor’s life been different? I really don’t think so.. You also would have not written an article talking about how rich Montealegre was becoming and his dictatorship, because at the end, it has always been a dictatorship for the common Nicaraguan and a passive feeling of illusionary comfort for the upper middle class…. Today you wrote this article… You feel opposed to this government and its dictatorship…. To me, this government is almost like a miracle, because it has finally opened the eyes of the upper middle class society such as yourself to ask the real fundamental question concerning all Nicaraguan citizens…

    • Denis, el que mira

      Andrew, you are a great thinker. You think outside the box and you seem like a guy full of compassion. I don’t think Sandino was a poor campesino.

      I do agree with you there needs to be some change, but I think we should start making some change. What have we done to change the way these campesinos think? How have educated them? Have you taught them how to think critically, have I done that too? Have you helped your uncle’s workers?

      I believe it is something we can all do. We can teach people not to be independent on any one government and open their minds to new ways of thinking. That we can teach even campesinos how to innovate and think for themselves.

      Andrew, you definitely have a good heart and you have an open mind. Peace

    • Johnny Siman

      As long as there’s food on peoples’ tables, they won’t care who’s in power or what they do once they are.

      It’s only until things get bad enough that things start to change because critical mass is reached.

      The real question is, how bad is bad enough?

  • car

    Well written but a bit of preaching to the choir. i’d venture to say that 90% if not more of the readers here are not orteguistas.

    change? not gonna happen without an armed and bloody rebellion. the “opposition” are a bunch of pansies. but who can blame them? speak to loudly, cause too much trouble and wind up dead.

    money is the key here. venezuela, the party’s chief benefactor is in a world of shit and is getting worse. without it, the coffers are gonna dry up right quick. i don’t think for one minutes the chinos are gonna play ball with this thief and his cadre of dirty bastards.

    maduro is gonna go down in flames, or maybe just a hail of gunfire. after that nicaragua will start to change. there is not enough money locally to sustain the machine the murillo dynasty has created.

    that or a few well placed chunks of jacketed lead…

  • Pedro S.

    Interesting article and comments. A few comments of my own, I don’t believe that the army is controlled by Ortega or the Sandinistas (yet). We talk of revolution and why it is not happening, Egypt face dictatorship for over 30 years, East block countries even longer.
    For people to reach the point of revolution armed or otherwise, requires a certain level of despair, a lack of hope for the future and a strong catalyst. In Nicaragua we hope everyday that things will get better, but in actuality our day to day life has not changed much. We can still drive to the store and buy groceries, our kids go to school and life goes on, no one want’s to risk loosing that.
    Ortega and his cronies steal, fact of life in Nicaragua, and we are left alone by in large. We are a long way from being in the desperate situation that fosters revolution and lets be honest how many of us who read and pass opinions on this site have actually been to a protest rally?

  • Ken

    I would advise more historical awareness and less liminality. Except for being good at it, I’m not sure that Ortega represents a dramatically authoritarian departure from all of Nicaragua’s history. As the Nica saying has it, “same shit, different flies.”

    Granted, Ortega is better at the authoritarian shit than anyone since the Somozas, but I’m hard-pressed to see a change.

    And we can look at the bright side: Reelecting Ortega keeps Rosario Murillo from running and being elected!

    • car

      you don’t really think that he is in charge, do you? i think she’s calling the shots and has his balls in a closet somewhere…

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  • Adolfo

    Lamento haber nacido Nicaragüense – I regret being born Nicaraguense. First this guy robbed a bank and went to jail.
    Second he was accused of sexually assaulting his step daughter.
    Third, La Piñata anyone? when Violetta Chamorro won the elections, right before leaving office Ortega and his goons stole private property and houses and farms and gave them to his buddies
    Fourth, Ortega is the biggest capitalist of Nicaragua. If you believe he is a socialist you are an idiot. Look up the 900$ sunglasses he bought in New York – the very capitalism and imperialist nation he bemoans and criticizes, he symbolically commits the ultimate act of capitalism and consumerism.
    Fifth, he is an illegal president. He has out himself above Nicaraguan law and constitution. His candidacy was illegitimate . Men who do this are dictators.
    Sixth, there has been questionable and non transparent municipal elections under his regime.
    Seventh, his family owns most tv news stations and radio. Freedom of speech? He uses media to manipulate a positive image of himself.
    Eighth , how is he different from Somoza? Somoza was more brutal w police for we he used.
    Ninth, he is a hypocrite. He says capitalism is evil but the various business ventures he participates in are capitalist and they make him million. He says he is socialist but he is a rich material possession consumer – check out his sunglasses receipt from . He says the US has no busienss in nica but sells nica sovereignty to China. You trade the gringos for the chinos .

    Lamentó haber nacido Nicaragüense.

  • Jairo Cortez

    This article is full of hatred that is for sure. Unfortunately liberals never did something for Nicaragua and that is the reason why you are troubled now you see people do not want anything to do with liberals. The first ones on violating the constitution were liberals in 1995 with the target of kicking Ortega out of the game. Sorry but you are full of hatred.

  • Guillermo

    Only nicas can and will at some point get rid of the Ortega family. They are the new Somozas, the new burgueses , and the new rich the Sandinistas used to tell us were exploiting us. Good nicaraguan blood will be spill, again. Sad, but I don’t see another way. May God help us then.
    As for your claim that Obama has a worse record than Bush, well, that can only be explained by the fact that you’re from Texas, as nothing else supports your claim. Good day, sir.

  • tampanicarquan

    What is the difference between dictatorship by a poliitical dictatorship which is making progross equalizing socieity and trying to be moderate by getting in bed with the rich uncaring oligarchy belonging businessmen both outside and inside the nation, and the United States. Nothing.

    I noticed that you were a music major and a business major. Which is your true love and blood in your soul? The businessman trying to make money or the musican making music for the artistic and from the heart reasons.

    It brings to mind a Nicaraguan writer, Martinez, who wrote just to write and not to make money at first. He did not want to get published. He was forced into becoming a commercial artist instead of a true artist for artist sake.

    Why are you in Nicaragua? Couldn’t you make it in the U.S.? Are you a so-called Chrisitan musican keeping all the money for yourself and living in luxury instead of returning any money you do not need to live a simple life of helping others>

  • tampanicarquan

    One additional comment! The old saying that defines an election in Latin America as a revolution is eternally true.

    Ever since the Conquistadors started globization over 400 years ago, Latin American soicety has evolved into an either or world. Politically, economically, and religiously Latin America has evolve into a me or them world of self-centeredness which believes in the philosophy of my way or no way.

    Jesus Christ would throw out all the churches and religions which have aligned themselves that material success as a promise from God along with going to Heaven. Jesus never preached such a doctrine. The Western cultured and politically aligned whith Rome used the material promise as a means to sell, spread, and protect their economic and political interest.

    Jesus will destroy their money table in the temple.