Archive for June 12th, 2005

Another democratic right bites the dust

June 12, 2005


Among the
many innovations of the 2001 Bolivarian Constitution, was the possibility of
introducing legal bills by citizens if a certain number of signatures were
gathered. The bill would be introduced by a group of citizens and the National
Assembly would be obligated to consider it and discuss it during the first
period of sessions after the Bill was introduced. If it was not discussed, then
Article 205
of the Constitution says that the Bill would simply be
considered in a referendum during the next election.

Well, in November
2002, ONG Queremos Elegir (We want to elect) submitted a reform of the “Citizens
Power Bill
” for consideration by the National Assembly. The Bill was never discussed
so that Article 205 would apply. But nothing has been done on it. Thus,
Queremos Elegir met one month ago with the Head of the Electoral Board (CNE) to
inquire about the peculiar fact that another referendum, that of a Constituent
Assembly for the Metropolitan area of Caracas,
was approved in only one month.

Rodriguez
was very polite and said that first he had to check whether the Bill had or not
been considered (which he has not done after one month) and the truth is nothing
has happened since the visit.

The
problem?
Easy, under this reform, the members of the “Citizens Power” the
Attorney
General-Prosecutor, the People’s Ombudsman and Mr. Rodriguez himself
would have
to resign and new members selected by the National Assembly. So, the
much ballyhooed “participative democracy” can be put on hold whenever
it is convenient to those
that proposed it to begin with.


Thus,
another “right” of the revolution bites the dust in the face of political and
personal reality.

Oh! The
pretty revolution!

Flowering winding down

June 12, 2005

Flowering is winding down except for the Laelia Purpuratas which are still going strong

Above left Phalemopsis Ruby Dark, one of the darkest I know. Above left: Potinara Hoku Gem Freckles

Laelia Purpurata Werkhausery I love the purple “Nazarene” color in these flowers

Another nice Purpurata delicata with lots of nice flowers.

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