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During this unrest, Sánchez de Lozada repeatedly called for dialogue and non-violence. But the crowds — fortified by adrenaline, alcohol, and coca leaf — refused to reason. They would not allow the city to return to normal until the president resigned.
So Sánchez de Lozada — a man who helped stop hyperinflation during the 1980s, set up a model regulatory system during the '90s, and went to great lengths to broaden political participation throughout his career — had little choice. He resigned in order to return the peace, and then left, guessing, correctly, that the peace would be only temporary.
There is a lingering a sense of injustice surrounding his forced resignation felt by many of the non rioters. It is difficult to understand why no one — Bolivians, the U.S., and the international community included — would defend constitutional principles and democratic governance. Last week’s events set a bad precedent for Latin America — and for Bolivia in particular. Already, Quispe and others have threatened to stage a similar uprising in 90 days if the new president, former vice president Carlos Mesa, does not meet their long list of demands.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?