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Author Topic: This is a very important weekend for me, and my country.  (Read 447 times)

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Offline Doktor SleeplessTopic starter

This is a very important weekend for me, and my country.
« on: October 23, 2009, 01:02:12 PM »
Tomorrow my son turns five, and that's very important. He's growing up to be a very handsome, smart, and sweet child. I want him to grow up in a country where justice prevails. You see; there's presidential and congress/senate elections this Sunday in my country, Uruguay. We choose both chambers of our legislative body, and if a candidate gets more than 50% of the votes, we choose a president. If not, the two most voted candidates go to a second round where simple majority is enough.

But that's not what I wanted to talk about. We're also voting two constitutional reforms. One is important, but not vital, and its to allow our citizens living outside of the country to mail-in their ballots. The other one, however, is very, very important; it's vital. You see, Uruguay was under a military dictatorship from 1973 to 1984; a period during which many people in the military committed unspeakable acts of kidnapping, torture, rape, murder, and child theft. To this day, many people do not know where their relatives are buried, or how they died; or with what family and under what name the children that were ripped from their mothers' arms are living.

Under pressure of the military; the newly elected parliament approved a law that strongly restricted prosecution of the people responsible of those crimes, the "Law Of Expiration Of The State's Punitive Prerogative" (loose translation). There was a referendum to annul the law in 1989; but people were still afraid of what the military could do (military leaders said that even if they were called to courts, they would not go). Only during the latest government period (starting in 2004, first term where the left-wing coalition Frente Amplio, or Broad Front, held the national government) were some of these crimes truly investigated and some of the perpetrators were jailed (under humane conditions in a specially constructed prison or even their own homes, unlike what they did with their prisoners).

But we need more than 50% of voters to choose to render that tyrannical and absurd law null. This is not about political ideas, this is about justice. It's about being a person of good, it's about making a better world for our children. Does that sound corny? Well, so be it. I rather be corny than let these people draw their lofty pensions while they're free to do what they want after RAPING my country. That's why, that pink slip of paper that says "YES" to the end of that aberrant regulation that calls itself a law will go inside my voting envelope; along with the one for the mail-in vote proposal, and the one for the party I think should continue to lead the country.

Thanks for reading this, and peaceful elections for all of my compatriots.

Offline MasterMischief

Re: This is a very important weekend for me, and my country.
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2009, 02:35:18 PM »
I wish your country good luck.  I wish you and your family a safe and happy life.

Freedom from tyranny is not corny.

Offline Vekseid

Re: This is a very important weekend for me, and my country.
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2009, 05:27:51 PM »
Good luck, Dr. Sleepless.

Offline Doktor SleeplessTopic starter

Re: This is a very important weekend for me, and my country.
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2009, 06:07:43 PM »
Thanks guys.

Offline Doktor SleeplessTopic starter

Re: This is a very important weekend for me, and my country.
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009, 09:11:11 PM »
We only reached 48%; not enough. Still, there will be a second government by our party, and the Supreme Court declared the law unconstitutional for one case; so more exceptions will be made. Just not through the direct will of the people, who are 52% ignorant, fascist, or just plain apathetic.