Martinez believes his country has suffered equally under despots of the left and the right. "How could they do those things and live with their consciences?" he says. "Perhaps it is the destiny of Latin America to be ruled by people who seek power as a way to enrich themselves, but why does this have to be so? Is it something in our culture? In our blood? Why can't government be a way for people to do good for those who are less fortunate? For me to have power over other people is to degrade them. A good president would help people, try to educate them and keep them healthy. Then you become the guy who gave them a chance. And you don't have to ask for power, because they are going to give it to you."