By Eddy Montilla.
We make the mistake of insulting another person for two possible reasons: Low level of education or inability to refute the arguments that come from the person who we are debating with. Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has been insulting different presidents constantly, above all, the President of the Government of Spain, Mariano Rajoy. He called him a piece of garbage, a racist person, etc. Using such kinds of epithets, set me wondering which of the reasons mentioned before leads Mister Maduro to insult other presidents. Probably both.
Unfortunately, in Latin America, people have not reached the education level they really deserve and have the right to get, and that’s why many of them can be easily deceived by “snake charmer politicians” who try to win people’s support by using words based on emotions rather than reasons and populist and demagogic speeches. Out of ignorance, people applaud them enthusiastically, with elation and euphoria whenever they insult, and these politicians keep insulting other people as a strategic weapon to seize and keep power. We would not like to think that president Maduro has stooped so low as to do that.
Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give to God what belongs to God. Mariano Rajoy is not “Superpresident” in Spain, but it is undeniable that he has been able to put plans in actions to get the Spanish economy into shape while in Venezuela inflation has left the country at a complete standstill, and its President, Nicolás Maduro, has only shown an incompetent handling of the problem.
Venezuela’s economic crisis, loss of supporters and power are affecting Nicolás Maduro. In desperation, people have always said and done terrible things. President Maduro is not an exception to this situation. However, this does not give him green light to insult people and presidents. Only dictators insult presidents, and they do that because they are not presidents, they are dictators. If Mr. Maduro wants to be considered a president by other heads of state and people in general, he should start by using a language with great dignity instead of expressions that only show a lack of respect for other people and their feelings. Nicolás Maduro represents all Venezuelans internationally. It would be a pity if people in other countries thought that with such inappropriate language is the way Venezuelans express their opinions.
This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.
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