Publicado el 09-05-2012
Democracy in Action During
the Political Conventions
The American people, as a nation, as a republic, continue to follow closely the events at the Democratic National Convention that is being held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The same thing happened a few days ago with the Republican National Convention in Tampa, both instances proving that there is an American political consciousness that deserves acknowledgement by the whole country and, also, the admiration of other countries.
Political campaigns in this great country are, certainly, a school for democracy, because everything takes place within fundamentally political norms, within norms that enhance the political culture of this nation.
Democrats and Republicans follow these conventions closely regardless of their respective militancy. Independently from their sympathies and loyalties to the party to which they belong, Americans are watching these conventions, no matter at what time the debates take place. And this proves that it is not a question of simple political curiosity, but a supreme interest in the life of the nation. That life that has in the parties’ conventions and in the elections a supreme expression of reality and greatness.
The new generations practically behave as if they were enrolled in a school for politics because, in many cases, this is the first time that they have the opportunity to become involved in an electoral process of this kind.
In some cases, efforts are seen of new people that join the party that they like and that before this had not been involved in politics. This people behave with enthusiasm that comes from a new sympathy for the ideology of each party. And this, that is not a phenomenon, but a normal and traditional thing in the United States of America, strengthens the prestige of the republican life that rests on the interest of the people for its democratic institutions.
This editorial begins with the theme of the Democratic Convention and ends the same, because in the United States of America the conventions of its two historic parties are a lesson in democracy that is practiced by all, Democrats and Republicans.