14 sept. 2008
El festival de la democracia
Desde hace ya unos meses se esta produciendo lo que para muchos es el principal acontecimiento político mediático del mundo: las elecciones norteamericanas. Son múltiples los artículos o comentarios en torno a él pero pocas las criticas sobre sus formas, sus legitimidades y sobre todo sus discursos acerca del que se considera su principal valor: la democracia.
Si consideramos dos de las posibles definiciones de Ideología como: 1) Conjunto de conceptos, creencias e ideales, de alcance factual y normativo, que sirven para explicar los fenómenos sociales y, así, dirigir y simplificar las opciones sociopolíticas y culturales del individuo y la colectividad; o bien... 2) Discurso pretendidamente coherente y globalizador que ofrece una representación distorsionada de la realidad con el objetivo de mixtificar las contradicciones inherentes a toda formación social, legitimando el orden social establecido por medio de la creación de una “falsa conciencia”. Y si tenemos en cuenta estas definiciones y las utilizamos para analizar los discursos que se están construyendo estos días en torno a los candidatos, nos encontramos con divertidas distorsiones o mistificaciones de la realidad como las que mi amigo Dan Wohlfeiler me ha hecho ver enviándome este texto:
If you're a minority and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates, you're a "token hire."
If you're a conservative and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates, you're a "game changer."
Black teen pregnancies? A "crisis" in black America.
White teen pregnancies? A "blessed event."
If you grow up in Hawaii, you're "exotic."
Grow up in Alaska eating mooseburgers, you're the quintessential "American story."
Similarly, if you name your kid Barack, you're "unpatriotic."
Name your kid Track, you're "colorful."
If you're a Democrat and you make a VP pick without fully vetting the individual, you're "reckless." A Republican who doesn't fully vet is a "maverick."
If you spend 3 years as a community organizer growing your organization from a staff of 1 to 13 and your budget from $70,000 to $400,000, then become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new African American voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, then spend nearly 8 more years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, becoming chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, then spend nearly 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of nearly 13 million people, sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the
Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you are woefully inexperienced.
If you spend 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, then spend 20 months as the governor of a state with 650,000 people, then you've got the most executive experience of anyone on either ticket, are the Commander in
Chief of the Alaska military and are well qualified to lead the nation should you be called upon to do so because your state is the closest state to Russia.
If you are a Democratic male candidate who is popular with millions of people, you are an "arrogant celebrity".
If you are a popular Republican female candidate, you are "energizing the base".
If you are a younger male candidate who thinks for himself and makes his own decisions, you are "presumptuous".
If you are an older male candidate who makes last minute decisions you refuse to explain, you are a "shoot from the hip" maverick.
If you are a candidate with a Harvard law degree, you are "an elitist-out of touch" with the real America.
If you are a legacy (dad and granddad were admirals) graduate of Annapolis, with multiple disciplinary infractions, you are a hero.
If you manage a multi-million dollar nationwide campaign, you are an "empty suit".
If you are a part time mayor of a town of 7000 people, you are an "experienced executive".
If you go to a south side Chicago Christian church, your beliefs are "extremist".
If you believe in creationism and don't believe global warming is man made, you are "strongly principled".
If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you're a Christian.
If you have been married to the same woman with whom you've been wed to for 19 years and raising 2 beautiful daughters with, you're "risky".
If you're a black single mother of 4 who waits for 22 hours after her water breaks to seek medical attention, you're an irresponsible parent, endangering the life of your unborn child.
But if you're a white married mother who waits 22 hours, you're spunky.
If you're a 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton, the right-wing press calls you "First dog."
If you're a 17-year old pregnant unwed daughter of a Republican, the right-wing press calls you "beautiful" and "courageous."
If you kill an endangered species, you're an excellent hunter.
If you have an abortion, you're not a christian, you're a murderer ( forget about if it happens while being raped.)
If you teach abstinence only in sex education, you get teen parents.
If you teach responsible age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.
If you're a Republican senator who solicits gay sex in an airport bathroom, you get to return to your job in the Senate and are encouraged to run for re-election.
If you're a Democratic Senator who is out of public office and has an affair, your political career is over and your wife who hasterminal cancer is to blame.