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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-15-09 07:11 PM
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12. Those people have been through everything.
Edited on Sun Mar-15-09 07:13 PM by EFerrari

Free Elections are Dangerous

So, Ive been researching a massacre in El Salvador in 1932 that my grandfather was intimately involved in. I found out about it by googling his name one very bored night. And, it all went back to an election. Im not sure what I make of it all yet but, here goes.

When El Salvador became an independent entity, there was a great deal of civil unrest until they started staging elections. Things calmed down after that.

Then, in 1931, the incumbent who was something of a philosopher and somewhat off of the reservation decided to hold a real election. He didnt choose a successor. The coffee barons and the bankers and the military were horrified but, they mostly watched to see how things would turn out.

The people elected, as far as I can tell, their choice AND he was seated. A moderate who had the misfortune to have the coffee market collapse on his watch.

(I repost that link because the people have been threatened with horrible violence if they vote in the FMLN left. The right wing has deliberately invoked the slaughter of the genocide of 1932 to try to suppress the vote. That's how desperate these mofos are. :hug: )
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