Let’s be honest, what is Petro’s real purpose with the constituent assembly?

Let’s be honest, what is Petro’s real purpose with the constituent assembly?
Let’s be honest, what is Petro’s real purpose with the constituent assembly?

By: TC (r) Gustavo Rojas C

Petro is seeking at all costs the holding of a national constituent assembly. When the purpose of this project is reviewed, in technical and legal terms, no reason can be found for it.

If a constituent assembly is implemented to change a constitution, it would be absurd for the current Constitution, made through the seventh ballot, and with the active participation of former members of the subversive group M19, to which Petro belonged, an organization that had received pardons and amnesties from the State, which they had fought for years with violence and ferocity. The inevolence of the Colombian State, validated by some legal figures, allowed them to be part of the sectors of Colombian society that designed the 1991 Constitution for us, as members of the assembly.

Despite his campaign promises, many of which were unfulfilled, including not calling for any kind of constituent assembly, nor staying in power after 2026, Petro has generated not only frustration but also a lot of distrust in Colombian society.

Petro’s character makes this clear. A person who denies the public statements and promises he makes today tomorrow, or at best, tries to find any kind of linguistic or legal loophole to get away with falsehood and lies, is not worthy of popular trust.

That is why many Colombians are asking ourselves: what is the real purpose of promoting a constituent assembly? According to him, because Colombia cannot kneel, the question then arises: kneel before whom? If what we Colombians see today is that Colombia is kneeling before threats, corruption, cynicism, and crime, the latter increasing exponentially, even going so far as to convert, with the consent of the leftist government, acts outside the law into pseudo-legal and “socially” acceptable acts.

The self-proclaimed “progressivism” has been developing an extensive ideological plan over time to confuse the population and especially the new generations. This plan consists of attributing to illegality the tint of legality, based on the supposed right to equality and diversity, regardless of the fact that the members of these sectors profoundly affect the principles of Colombian society, the laws, principles and regulations in force, which have governed us as a republic for more than 200 years.

One of the main annoyances of the current government, which has surely motivated the proposal of a national constituent assembly by the leftist government of Petro, is the obstacles it has encountered in the reforms presented to Congress, which, despite having had some setbacks, others of them have been approved in an unconstitutional manner, using timing, strategies and sinister agreements, which leave a bad taste in the mouth of the majority of Colombian citizens.

The history of leftist governments, with obvious tendencies towards the extreme, is to destroy everything that has been built and build new foundations, based on ideological principles, without regard for the right to the common good and much less the popular will and social, economic and political interests.

Despite some statements made by Petro, in the sense that he is not seeking to change the constitution, but rather to provide the current government with tools that allow it to fulfill its government promises and transform the dynamics of the state, it is a blank check for absolutism or totalitarianism, especially with the already recognized attitude of this government.

Many experts are asking themselves: if the government has not achieved simple majorities in its governance, why is it seeking an absolute majority in constituent matters and on such a sensitive issue?

Petro has not wanted to understand that, in order to enforce the current constitution, its norms and laws, he does not need to propose a new national assembly. The norms and principles in force are clear. The important thing is to develop tools that allow the fulfillment of the national desire, which is internal security and sustainable development in the social and economic spheres. Colombia cannot tolerate more corruption, it cannot tolerate more terrorism, it cannot tolerate more crime and much less more drug trafficking. The constitutional tools are created and what the government needs is a sincere will for change and to demonstrate its transparency, effectiveness and efficiency in its governmental management. That is the true constituent assembly that the country needs.

If Petro’s government wants to listen to its people, whom it so often refers to as popular power, it should also analyze the results of the polls, at a national and international level, where according to the results provided by the main polling firms, its popularity has dropped so clearly that at this moment it barely reaches 32% approval.

Of those 11 million Colombians who voted for him, more than 8 million were not convinced by his proposal, since the electoral situation generated by the candidate Rodolfo Hernández, against his strongest opponent, the candidate Federico Gutiérrez, allowed him to considerably increase his electoral support. The most studious political analysts affirm that Petro’s electoral ceiling has never exceeded 3 million Colombians. The discontent today is so evident that many sectors that supported him yesterday, today criticize the gross errors committed by the government, not only due to the lack of planning, prevention and projection, but also due to the lack of compliance, seriousness, suitability, technical knowledge, professional preparation and total lack of experience of the great majority of those who make up the current government.

A constituent assembly would require a considerable majority, and this condition is not legally possible at this time within normal channels. So we ask ourselves, what can the holding of a national constituent assembly depend on? On some extra-legal fact, some violation of constitutional norms, or the buying of wills, both of politicians and congressmen, with the resources of the Nation, which are destined to meet infrastructure development goals, the fight against corruption, national security or sensitive social issues, such as poverty, unemployment, discrimination, drug addiction, class inequality, childhood and the elderly, in order to progressively achieve equality and equity, which will allow closing the social gaps between Colombians?

If these pillars support Petro’s call to the people, as the popular will, I believe that legally this support is lame, because the failure to fulfill his government promises is more directed towards the lack of planning and the poor management of resources destined for sensitive issues, than a modification to the current constitution. The constituent assembly will not correct, by magic, government improvisation, presidential egocentrism, state corruption, insecurity, government ineffectiveness, the desire for retaliation, or violence.

It seems that this government has not used the constitutional tools in the legal, economic and social fields adequately, and in order to achieve other purposes, it is advancing the campaign for the National Constituent Assembly, and who knows what surprise it will bring to Colombians in the coming years.

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