"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
Chile's far-right Republican Party finished in first place Sunday in a nationwide vote to choose the 50 members of a committee that will draft a replacement to the country's dictatorship-era constitution, according to an official count.
The Servel election authority reported that with almost all ballots counted, the Republican Party had won 35 percent of the vote, corresponding to 22 seats on the constitutional rewrite committee.
Traditional right-wing parties won a further 21 percent, giving conservatives an additional 11 seats, while the left-wing coalition supported by President Gabriel Boric finished with 29 percent, or 11 committee members.
It is the second time that voters in the South American country have been called to take part in the rewriting of the 1980 constitution, adopted under the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship.
In September, a previous text produced by a constitutional assembly made up mostly of political independents was rejected by 62 percent of voters.
Huge victory and a strong signal that Chilean voters want no part of a new constitution based on climate change and socialism. Economist Dan Mitchell has more commentary on this big defeat for the left, here. (See this, too.)
It is also a ray of hope for Colombians who also saw a leftist win a close election last year.
My good Chilean friend, who goes back to my school days, told me on the phone that voters are frustrated with crime and the economy. He agrees with me that Baric's election was a wake up call to the middle class, and Chile has a large middle class. Many conservative voters were angry and divided thus making it possible for Baric to win. It looks like Chileans had a glimpse of the future and got their act together and voted against the left.
Hall of Famer: We remember Tony Gwynn who was born on this day in 1960. He put together an amazing career: .338 career average or the best since Ted Williams retired with a .344 average. Unfortunately, I did not get to see Gwynn play because I’ve always lived in AL cities. He was the quiet superstar and best pure hitter since Rod Carew.
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