Forgiving corruption

Unfortunately, corruption is epidemic in Latin America. And not only corruption in the management of public things but also among private people. In the latter, there are abundant examples of difficult-to-understand companies, difficult-to-explain business activities, and even unjustifiable professional careers.

But, undoubtedly, the great figures of corruption are in public management. And in this particular, Argentine society is getting very close to forgiving those who robbed it outrageously.

Everyone was angry when they saw the over-billed public works that were never finished, the bags with millions of dollars that Lopez threw above the gate of the false convent, the sudden fortune of Lázaro Baez who went from a bank teller to the biggest businessman in the country in seconds, the empty hotels of Cristina that billed ghost tourists to launder money, the purchase of media companies by Cristobal Lopez with the money that should be delivered to the state, the six million dollars bills that were found in the safe of Florencia Kirchner without her ever having worked in her life, the five hundred million dollars of Santa Cruz that disappeared and many other examples of an extensive list of millionaire robberies, always taking the state as a victim, which is, in essence, the money that belongs to all the people.

Despite all the anger over the assaults, Argentines are on track to choose Cristina Kirchner again to be the one who controls the state. With humor, the phrase comparing his victory in the election with “re-hiring an employee you fired because he stole from you” circulated on WhatsApp. But her triumph will be far from being funny for the country. To give Cristina votes is to give her the means to stop and eliminate the causes of corruption against her, that is, to confer forgiveness for theft. Does anyone doubt that Cristina will not press justice to close all the cases against her? How long will it take for all the judges to become new Oyarbides?

And not to mention that the candidate is Alberto because he is not the leader of the political arm that supports him at the moment and, therefore, has to lower his head when the boss rules. In his interviews with journalists, it is clear that he has no idea what measures to take in the government, just saying that you have to encourage consumption but without saying how. What Alberto does make clear is that we must review the cases against Cristina and release her collaborators imprisoned for corruption.

What happens when a society forgives corruption? What message will be given to all politicians and public employees of all levels? A Cristina forgiven by the voters, will she steal less or more? And, if she steals again, can voters be surprised? They are not even going to have the right to be angry, much less to say that they did not know that she was stealing. Other politicians, such as governors or mayors, will they fight corruption in their districts? How would they do it if, ultimately, corruption is forgiven? Is a person who lived the traumatic experience of being a victim of an assault going to vote who assaulted everyone? And, if you vote it, will you be able to cry out for justice to arrest the thief who assaulted you?

No matter the ideology, corruption must not be tolerated.

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