Paul Jacob

Term limits. The people want them, and if the signs at the protest rallies are any indication, Argentines are against “Corrupcion,” oppose Kirchner’s “Reelección,” and are for “Libertad.”

Expatriate Argentines are holding similar clamorous protests around the world. The first to bang at the pans and pots were folks in a Miami, Florida, neighborhood known as Little Buenos Aires. Marchers there expressed sympathy with friends and relatives in the Southern Hemisphere: “We are not afraid” and “We don’t want a communist Argentina.”

The full story of the protests, which have been going on since June, echo some of the issues and criticisms that were pushed for and charged against both Tea Party and Occupier protests in past years back in U.S.A. There’s talk of secret partisanship, even “astro-turf.”

But fear of dynastic rule needn’t be confined to any party. And it certainly doesn’t require any elaborate organization — just the organization that people spontaneously engage in when their interests meet.

It’s sunny here in Buenos Aires, and I haven’t stumbled onto any marches. But, if a traveler can glean a sense of a people during a short stay, what I hear seems to be what’s reported in the newspapers: A solid cohort of Argentina’s population demands the rule of law, not the rule of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

Paul Jacob

Paul Jacob is President of Citizens in Charge Foundation and Citizens in Charge. His daily Common Sense commentary appears on the Web and via e-mail.