Two hundred and thirty-eight years have passed since the birth of Simón Bolívar. Each anniversary is an opportunity to remember his contributions to nationality, although loyalty to his true legacy as a national hero should be civic conduct in Venezuelan daily life. He was a human, military and political man with virtues and defects, not a saint as his cult and then the sectarian propaganda manufactured around his figure insisted on presenting him. With it, its character as one of the symbols of national unity was losing ground to partisanship and manipulation, which is very sad because we lack those elements that bring us closer, identify us and motivate us to transcendent achievement.
Young people do not believe in that Bolívar adulterated by the political diatribe. Take a serious look at his life and work to understand it. Read his words that he said many in a long career, trying to rescue the essence of his ideology, which is not the only raw material but essential in our republican construction. There are some lines, useful for rulers, aspirants and simple citizens
Warn of the evils of flattery. "Nothing is more corrosive than praise." And in 1825, he says of the value of education, "A man without studies is incomplete." Being called a "tyrant and usurper" was unbearable for him, he confesses in 1827.
Your idea of politics? "Flee from the country where only one exercises all powers, it is a country of slaves" (1814) and "Nothing is as dangerous as letting the same citizen remain in power for a long time" (1819). In 1826 he defended "constitutional barriers" because "they serve as support against the thrusts of our passions" and insisted on the responsibility of public officials. Whoever maintains that "The free acclaim of the citizens is the only legitimate source of all human power" (1816), says that "The best policy is honesty" (1820).
A military hero, he is not a militarist: "The military system is that of force and force is not government" (1816). “A happy soldier does not acquire any right to command his homeland. He is not the arbiter of laws or government; he is the defender of his freedom ”(1814)
The wise advice of experience will always be valid, "There is no more happiness or misery than prudence or recklessness" or "I would see myself as an unworthy man, if I were able to assure what I am not certain to fulfill" because "The pure truth and clean is the best way to persuade ”.