Sunday, February 14, 2010

Ecuador's Version of the Tea Party Movement?

A little memo to Jaime Nebot, the mayor of Guayaquil: it's not a "dictatorship" when the leader is popularly elected within legally-approved constitutional mechanisms. It's not a "dictatorship" when you don't like his policies. It's not a "dictatorship" when the government gave your city $175 million instead of the $192 million you asked for, and trying to help the poorer areas get wealthier and not working to increase the gap between rich and poor regions is not controlling everyone. It is simply working for a more balanced and just society, within the strictures of democracy. If you don't like it, it doesn't make the other guy a dictator; it makes you the "opposition" within a democratic republic. Deal with it.