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Monday, December 19, 2005
Through Brendan Loy, another storm to watch out for: Evo Morales is going to become President of Bolivia. It didn't make the major news networks, as far as I know, but it is important.
Everyone saw this coming, given that Bolivia is a democracy and that it wasn't planning on putting a stop to that. Most Bolivians are natives - Quechua and Aymara, if memory serves - and the vast majority of them can't stand the Spanish-speaking and globalised elites who were running the place up to now.
In that divided nation, Morales is in effect the Inca [king of the Quechua] of the mountain regions. The non-Indian and mestizo people in the southeastern lowlands voted for the other guy.
This could mean secession - but the seceding provinces could only go to Brasil (which speaks Portugues) or Argentina (with its own brand of weird Leftism). Otherwise, they're landlocked like Paraguay, and when's the last time you heard of Paraguay in the news?
The only upside is that, maybe, this result will spur the US to abandon its "drug war". I can't stand the coca weed and I'd shed nary a tear if it were gone from this earth. But, it's here, and it's as part of Andean culture as tea is to British. (Granted, it's a large reason why it was the Kings of England and not the Incas of Peru who conquered the world.) Plus it's just losers who use it, so why stop them? Americans who whine about how their children need to be protected don't deserve to breed anyway.
If the US disagrees with my opinion, then I suggest that it provide better alternatives. Like legalising marijuana, or at least letting states legalise it. I'm not one of those bitching about Nyquil's new formula, and I'm not going to say anything about what I may or may not have done in the past. I'm just saying that a little weed goes a long way.
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