In a recent article on RUNRUN.ES, Jose Manuel Gonzalez argues that politics in the hands of politics alone is a recipe for disaster. First, Mr. Jose Manuel Gonzalez refers his experience in public and private service as the perfect balance necessary for a person interested in holding a civil service job.
Mr. Gonzalez is a renowned businessman with extensive interest in agricultural products and markets. Since joining politics, he has chaired FEDECAMARAS and is currently a member of the Guarico state assembly. He is currently a candidate for the gubernatorial seat for the Guarico state.
Speaking on matters of development, Manuel lamented the challenges facing the country. He argues that even when the country lacks the necessary income to trade sufficiently with partners, part of the blame goes into poorly constituted policies. While it has been important to tap on to foreign investments, overemphasis on them can slow local capacities. He noted that most local producers lack the requisite material and technical ability to produce, a factor that hinders economic growth.
Since agriculture is the backbone of the Venezuelan economy, only policies focused on the needs of players in the sector and their proper implementation can give the country the security and the freedom to even trade outside its boundaries.He opined that leaders with such visions were badly needed.
Concerning nomination for the gubernatorial seats, Manuel noted that focusing on empty rhetoric at the expense of proven development track record continues to deny the electorate, good leaders. He lamented that even the worst of leaders could hire the best speech writers to hoodwink the electorate.
Empty charisma with promises of a perfect world stands to nothing if the leaders lack the strategy to get around doing things. A leader, therefore, must show capability beyond the obvious oratory charisma.Leaders ought to show respect for fundamental human dignity. People lacking in this department cannot be trusted to impart the same values on the electorate.
Finally, Mr. Gonzalez was vocal when he lamented about the model of democracy. In a flawed nomination process, the best candidate may lose out to an average candidate. This would be a travesty.