Ruben Blades warns against stay at home voters

 
435Views 23Comments Posted 27/08/2017

GRAMMY  award winner, singer and actor, former  Panama Tourism Minister, and  possible presidential candidate Rubén Blades, has issued a warning to Panama voters  to think hard before deciding  on whether  or not to vote in the 2019 elections

"You have to be careful  because it is absenteeism that has led, for example to Donald  Trump in the White House, "he said in an interview with the Efe news agency

"Let us remember Hitler, who won the popular vote. We must be careful about what we vote for," he said.

"When we complain about politicians, we forget that it was us who put them there, with our vote or no  vote, but it is more important not to forget that they are situations that can change, warns Blades who is considering the possibility of repeating as a candidate for the presidency of his country, as he did in 1994.

The actor, who recently promoted in Madrid the television series in which he is  working, "Fear The Walking Dead ", Blades says   the TV series  reveals  how people resist the zombie apocalypse that the production narrates , and there is a great parallel between the script and what is happening in the world, in Syria, and Iraq, the famines of Africa, the manifestations of racism and xenophobia, These real problems are very reminiscent of what happens in 'Fear The Walking Dead ', there is no water, no food, people are attacked by groups that hate them,"

Changing the future requires "people who regain the capacity to be supportive and who want to participate in choosing the right thing; Our main problem today is the lack of trust in our strength”  It also requires "real leadership," because "people do not know how to react to certain situations. "

"It's a serious problem that I think is solved more easily in smaller societies. “I have a lot of faith in Panama, because we are still only four million.

"I believe very much in the future of Panama, but I do not know if I will participate in the electoral process for the Presidency because you have to think how to finance an independent campaign.”

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mhogan

Probably because he's full of himself

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mhogan

This is going to be very debatable on the issue of stay-at-home voters, but I think there are some--many, in fact--who would be doing the well-being of the U.S. a favor by not voting; otherwise known as useful idiots. I find it increasingly disturbing that voters who know absolutely nothing about the government, about current issues other than what immediately affects them (also known as government handouts), the names of the President or VP, what is the function of the Congress, the Supreme Court, what the flag stands for and the symbols of the stars, some basic US history and what is the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In short, knowledgeable voters. To cast a vote based on the recommendation of Rachel Maddow types is anti-American. Pass a basic Civic's test before being allowed to vote. Just my opinion. Jeez, I'm not even a US citizen and I was taught more in school than the average American college student knows about their own government. Pretty pathetic!

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PedasiPaul

You said Reagan was an exception. My point is that other celebs have gone into politics. One in office now was a popular reality show star.

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Richard Charron

What will be really interesting is that George Soros and his billions will soon be gone from the planet and it is doubtful that the heirs to his fortune will have the same insane ideology as he. They or it ( you have to be careful with pronouns today) may decided to just improve upon that fortune in some other nefarious manner leaving BLM and Antifa without financial support.

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mhogan

Richard, do feel free to chime in; I know how much you love old Soros. This debate is getging interesting

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mhogan

And how did that work out? If you're going to give an example, at least make it one that oroves the point you want to make, please.

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mhogan

I guess you must have skipped over his own words (which I quoted) preferring instead to defend a moral objective of encouraging people to vote. That's okay because I understand how that prevails in some ideologies but your word of the day 'ad-hominem' doesn't apply since he outlined his real intentions as I quoted and not limited to what you wanted to read.

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PedasiPaul

The "Governator" was another exception. Then there was Congressman Sonny Bono.

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mhogan

Oh, and I forgot a complete collapse of the economy and the dollar will be like the Wiemar currency collapse (America already has a debt equal to historical Wiemar Germany). Niw who do you and I know that has engineered economic collapses in the past and made billions for his efforts? Not mentioning any names but his initials are George Soros.

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Wesley M Brown

Thanks, mhogan, for yet another ad-hominem.

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mhogan

You should realize that a "democracy" is, historically, one of the shortest lived forms of government. Because it depends on majority rule, it is therefore flawed to begin with and what we are seeing today is a prime example of why America's Founding Fathers opted for a Republic. Of couse, because civics and history is not taught anymore, the masses think they have the right of majority takeover and THAT will be America's downfall and when it collapses, Anarchy will run free. People will fear for their lives, freedoms will be gone, and chaos will rein. The people will beg for a return to sanity and will opt for any leader who PROMISES to restore order -- a big lie allowing a dictator, a socialist, a Communist form to take over and you've kissed your Constitution goodbye forever. History has done it before and will do it again. Don't mean to be conspiratorial, but don't you think this eventually has been planned out for some time, because I do. God bless -- and help -- America

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Richard Charron

Just like most Liberals you aren't paying attention Wesley. He has you completely buffaloed. Everything is going according to plan. Have you heard much about the Russian interference lately? LOL. This is so much fun. BTW your description of Democracy is now called socialism.

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Wesley M Brown

Ahhh, Richard. I would accuse your reply to Missy of being sexist, but it was probably just physiologically ignorant. And I could even agree with your political prediction if the job Trump wanted to get done weren't the destruction of our democracy.

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Richard Charron

If you were a guy that's what we would call a wet dream. LOL As you may know, none of these ever come to fruition. Don't worry however because like most of his detractors, you will learn to love him. He is like Scotch, an acquired taste that gets the job done.

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Missy Hellendale

Trump will not last to 2018. He is already considering his options, including resigning.

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Federico R. Box

What makes Ruben Blades, believes that he has an inherent right, to show-up for election season; with so-called answers to Panama's problems?

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mhogan

I'm sure that Politician come tv actor/singer come Politician would certainly reverse "the lack of trust in our [Panama's] strength" and instill "real leadership". Hollywood elites are in lala land, far from reality. Reagon was an exception

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Wesley M Brown

Blades' warning is about voter apathy. These comments do not address that topic and are simply ad hominem attacks on Blades.

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Observer

Richard, you have to type more carefully. 71/2 years. Surely you meant MONTHS .Double sadly the news from Texas has covered up his Moscow property deal. As the covers are pulled back impeachment looms. and less convinced worshippers than you arr pulling in their skirts.

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Candid Curmudgeon

Hey, Ruben, your TV show is so horrible that I can understand why you are looking for a new job in 2019.

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waynematthews

I remember when he had the tourist visa change to 30 days. There was such an angry response from tourist, real estate agents and snow birds that it got changed back real damn quick. Not a good choice to run for president.

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GULICKGRINGO

Concur.

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Richard Charron

For a guy running for the Presidency, he is not very smart in making those type of unnecessary remarks about President Trump who will undoubtedly be in office for the next 7 1/2 years. It wouldn't make for very good relations, not that Blades has any chance of ever being elected. Perhaps he should concentrate on issues related to Panama instead of taking shots at an Administration that is economically cruising at the moment despite the negative media coverage.

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