Citizens-in-waiting / Regina Coyula
Posted on February 28, 2014
My country is so devoid of citizen initiatives, citizens live convinced
that the “citizen” itself is a pejorative and almost criminal term used
by the police, so how can they imagine that the word is not only
beautiful, but that it has erotic overtones: the citizen-sovereign is he
who elects his representatives and removes then if he is not served by
them. In this “democracy” that we suffer we have managed to reverse the
terms, so these “whatever” slogans and others in disuse lacking a rhythm
and the name of the actual leader come into play.
And so, sick to death of these ever repeating slogans, the ailing
citizen continues on not knowing who he is, braving the incessant drip
of problems that define his life, where he is a victim, hero, anonymous
or villain; not understanding, submerged in the everyday, that he will
be the star of the democratic transition.
Standing in front of a shop window, looking in a mirror, or facing an
abuse of power, the citizen ends up realizing who he is.
Between the cryptic and the serious, I wanted to greet the appearance of
the Constitutional Roadmap, which is complementary to the Campaign for
the signing of the UN Covenants (without tarnishing other proposals I
don’t know of or that don’t interest me: more is better) they seem to me
to be good fertilizer for the citizen-in-waiting.
26 February 2014
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