That is what I though I was going to hear from Evo Morales after those long hours of live TV, showing as Bolivians how the government can, or pretend, negotiate democratic solutions to the chaos they created in the first place; Situation that has taken the Country to almost the point of self destruction. And no, the title has nothing to do with any specific political proposal; it is a Clintonian allegory to a mathematical equation that says that a negative times a negative yields a positive.
In one hand of the equation we have the negative, brutally murderous and illegal maSSsit proposed new Bolivian constitution; one document that has all the necessary negative antibodies to make the majority of the Bolivian population to be against it. Those, this obligated the regime to seek a way to save it, with the least possible damage to its wording.
The Bolivian opposition to the racist neo indigenous ruling party and its equally racist and excluding new constitution gave Bolivians the other negative part of the equation, manly but not lonely, the autonomic statutes of Santa Cruz. A document that cannot be legally approved, or used, even if voted in favor by the population in free elections; if the current constitution is not changed; neither this autonomic statutes be legally used if the maSSist proposed document passed. The legal implications where know by the opposition and the fact they finally pushed it up front was to obligate the ruling party to slow down their violent and totalitarian push towards a total collapse of freedom and human rights in the country.
The strategy worked but not until the regime managed to have over 30 assassinations blooding their hands and after the opposition showing the government that if necessary, they can also convert civilian population into violent mobs. Thus the country is today clearly divided in two, almost equal in population but with a larger chunk of territorial control by the opposition, something that doesn’t give a real advantage if a fratricidal confrontation should start. I still don’t understand why the regime took so long to believe that they didn’t had the monopoly of civilian violence any more after last year’s civilian confrontation in Cochabamba; the most probable cause is that their communist ideology makes them undervalue human life, being people just peons to move in their totalitarian career.
So here we are; Evo and his maSSist ministers, plus a couple of his Prefects almost facing one by one to the opposition prefects, future Governors of their Departments. The balance of number of participants in this negotiation table shifts in favor of the regime, but the true democratic power behind the Prefects made of them a strong force, a real opposition that it is finally unifying and could easily become the driving power that will end up Evo and the maSSist delirium of absolute political power.
One thing is for sure, Bolivians are not going to stand still to let a dictator, in the name of president for life, inca emperor or whatever other name that want to be use to diminish or take or rights to democracy and freedom. The current stand against the maSSist intentions isn’t the last, it is just the beginning.