Me: Welcome to Macondo News! Today we have a special news report about the history of war in Macondo between the liberals and the conservatives. Ever since the influx of conservatives occurred shortly after Macondo was founded, the two groups have opposed each other in multiple conflicts. Joining us today are special guests Colonel Aureliano Buendía of the liberal party and Jose Raquel Moncada of the conservative party! (applause) Now, can you give our viewers a little insight into what your political party is fighting for?
I had to be something and I told myself that I'll be a Liberal because the Conservatives are tricky.” (page 94) They are the ones who switched the ballots in favor of the conservatives. Us liberals are simply freemasons who do not believe that religion is important, and want to recognize the rights of illegitimate children as equal to those of legitimate ones (page 92). We do not believe in having a federal system, but we want to take power from the supreme authority and give it to everyone; just as my father, Jose Arcadio Buendia did. Moncada: (values, family lineage, church, legitimacy of birth)
Me: Our viewers want to know: If you had to compare yourself to a historical politician or military leader, who would it be and why?
Colonel: He was president of Colombia four times. The first time was as president of Republic of New Granada from 1845 to 1849. During the Colombian Civil War of 1860-1862 he lead liberal forces in a civil war against conservative factions. Unlike me, he actually won them all...
Me: Colonel Aureliano Buendía, can you tell us about your past war experiences?
Colonel: Organized thirty--two armed uprisings
and I lost them all. I fourteen attempts on his life, seventy-three ambushes, and a firing squad. I rose to be Commander in Chief
Me: Wow, 32 uprisings? Why so many? What was the outcome of these conflicts?
As I told Colonel Gerineldo Marquez, I...
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