Is Hugo Chavez Dead?
Hugo Chavez is either dead, or on life support, but the world will remain in the dark for weeks to come.
While the above photograph has probably been Photoshopped it has been making its rounds on the internet for the last few weeks. Until we hear from el Comandante himself the rumors will not be silenced, regardless of what Venezuelan officials would lead us to believe.
Government officials are attempting to prepare the country for Chavez to govern from life support, or beyond the grave. In this attempt they may succeed – for a while. Preventing civil war is a more difficult prospect.
Venezuelan officials have convinced themselves that Chavez doesn’t need to be sworn in on Jan 10th if he’s not ready. He can come home whenever he likes, next week as required by law, or next month if he feels up to it. His old job will always be waiting for him.
How can we be sure of Chavez’s demise? Simple, the government is making an unconvincing argument that Chavez can still govern, while readying the country for an equally unconvincing face-off with the opposition on why they must once again change the Constitution. Screw uncomfortable details like the Constitution, when they aren’t tailored to meet Hugo Chavez’s needs.
Chavistas and the Venezuelan Constitution
“Constitution? We don’t need no stinkin Constitution! Whatever Chavez decides.”
When the Constitution said you couldn’t run back to back for another term to become President, Chavez changed it, allowing him to become president for life.
When respected judges such as Maria Lourdes Afiuni ruled against Chavez, the law of the jungle took over. Chavez had Maria jailed for corruption and proudly stated that the “bandit” should spend the next 30 years in jail for her crimes. She was subsequently arrested in 2009, physically abused, and raped in jail. She still has not had a trial, partially because she refuses to be a party to a kangaroo court.
When newspapers, radio, and TV stations have the nerve to speak out against Chavez, he just shuts them all down. The Constitution allows people to speak out against Chavez, but when he doesn’t need to change it he just simply ignores it.
In many countries it is the dream of many to become a leader and President of their country. In Venezuela such dreams are tantamount to being a traitor. Most people disagreeing with el Comandante now live in constant fear, or they live in exile. They have been taught the hard way that freedom of speech is not a right enjoyed by those who irritate the dictator.
The only reason Chavez allowed Henrique Capriles to run against him for President this year, on October 7, 2012, was because the world was watching. Well that, and also Chavez knew that all the money in Venezuela would be at his disposal. The Venezuelan elections gave him his best chance to silence his opposition once and for all, and even though he was already dying, he was itching to fight. What he didn’t count on, in spite of his war chest running into the billions, and his soldier’s continuous attacks and intimidation of the enemy, was that Capriles was still able to garner a respectable 44% of the votes. This was a big embarrassment to Chavez, and a mistake he took personally.
After the October elections his plan to destroy this young upstart for good was hatched with renewed fervor. Chavez counted on the elections for state governors in December, as his instrument to do just that. Capriles was still governor of Miranda, and he would simply be defeated in the upcoming elections.
Chavez demoted his Vice President Elías José Jaua, to become the one who would crush Capriles like a bug, and become Miranda’s new governor. Miranda state encompasses half of the capital Caracas, so this is why it was such a prize. In the end the elections led to another crushing defeat in the eyes of Chavistas. While they did in fact win the elections in most states, when it came to Miranda, Capriles won and Jaua lost. By the time the elections were over, Chavez could do nothing. He was back in Cuba, on his deathbed.
Democracy in Venezuela
Venezuela is in fact the first Latin American country to have a stable democratically elected government. It began when Rómulo Betancourt was elected President in 1958. Unfortunately for Venezuelans, they have never had someone elected who truly governed for the people. Each successively elected President has been more corrupt than the last, with Chavez the worst of the lot.
Chavistas love to tell the world how democracy is alive and well in Venezuela so let’s look at the form of democracy/dictatorship that they embrace.
Venezuelans now allow a President to take national money and spend it on all elections to ensure only his supporters are elected. They allow him to take this same money and spread it around, only to those who swear allegiance to the so-called Bolivarian Revolution. They allow all who question their tactics to be silenced, shut down, or run out of town.
They allow Chavez to monopolize the airwaves whenever he has a whim to do so, and call his talk shows necessary for the national interest. When Chavez wants to speak, which he does often, all radio and TV stations must cancel regular programming to make way for his narcissism and garrulous boorishness. His program, called Alo Presidente can last as long as 9 hours as he talks about everything and nothing at the same time.
Chavez’s Venezuela allows judges to be jailed for fulfilling their duties, and Chavistas scoff at demands to accept a system of checks and balances. They take their orders from Chavez, as they fill the courts with his bootlickers. In other words, they have put all power in the hands of one man, and they absolutely refuse to believe in the words, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Chavistas have recently decided that secret ballots when voting are no longer necessary. Votes are only allowed to be cast after submitting a fingerprint. How many more votes would Capriles have received without this new form of intimidation?
Of course the final most damaging and ultimate insult, to the Venezuelan people and the rest of the world, is allowing their leader special rights that no one else enjoys. The most revealing one at this point is arguably the outrageous notion that their candidate can run for President, while dying of cancer. All questions regarding his delicate condition are met with contempt or outright lies, as the state of his health remains a state secret.
A World without Chavez
Venezuelan officials, both in government and the oil industry, have too much at stake to let someone from the opposition become President. They are petrified at the latest knowledge that Chavez will not make it to his inauguration. They are even contemplating the never heard of precedent of having the Supreme Court travel to Cuba for the swearing in ceremony. Has any head of state anywhere, at any time, been sworn in outside their own country?
The Constitution clearly states that if the elected is permanently disabled and unable to be sworn in on January 10, a new election will have to be called. Is Chavez permanently disabled? DUH! Chavez lackeys, however; are frantically trying to convince the public that his situation is not permanent. The big question is; have they run out of time?
Corrupt officials are now forced to contemplate an outcome without their protector. It won’t be pretty and the future looks worse as each day passes. For all they have stolen, a hellish jail cell is the fate that awaits many, once Chavez is gone. An even scarier scenario exists for Venezuela. Without Chavez as the glue to hold them together, infighting is assured. It is doubtful that Chavistas will remain united, or go without a fight.
Officials are hoping that Chavistas are so enamored with el Comandante that they will believe, accept, and do anything to protect the Bolivarian Revolution. The mythical powers they bestow on Hugo Chavez are that he is the reincarnation of Simon Bolivar, and the second coming of Christ, wrapped up into one package. This Messianic complex, that Chavez is their savior, mirrors the German adoration of Hitler. Both leaders rose to the highest heights, while leading their country to ruin.
Venezuela’s one consolation is that their beloved leader did not have the power or infrastructure to embark on world domination. In Venezuela the poor have always choked the nation.
Aside from their oil wealth, Venezuela has no industry to speak of. Without industry, and a thriving middle class, Venezuela has no potential of rising above its status as a third world country. It is this divide, between the haves and the have nots, that is the reason Chavez has been so successful. He just played one side off on the other, while readying the country for an invasion from the USA that never happened.
The mind of Hugo Chavez
Chavez has always been the direct opposite of Mitt Romney. Whereas Mitt looks down at those who are less fortunate, Chavez looks up at the rich or middle class with envy, and a disdain that borders on psychosis.
Very few have been allowed to be part of Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution if they originally had money. Those who are poor have a much better chance, but rich or poor everyone must be constantly groveling and looking over their shoulders.
If you pay your dues, by obeying and kneeling before Chavez, you might win the lottery and become a Boligarch. This play on words comes from the “Bolivarian Revolution” and describes the nouveau riche, who make money on Chavez’s corrupt version of socialism.
Once you are in Chavez’s good graces, and if you are still feeling lucky, you can also supplement the income he allows you. You do this by joining the government as it steals from the coffers of the oil industry, the rich, or the “fools” around you with scruples. You can also go after the millions who have never been given the opportunity to sell their souls. Corruption in Venezuela has always been a national past time. Now it has turned into an art form.
The Chavez family and their supporters, lament that the opposition is just mean to speculate he is dead. Their belief that the privacy of the Chavez family, overrules the needs of the nation, is the ultimate soap opera.
Chavez’s new Vice President Nicolás Maduro, a former bus driver and professional boor, keeps insisting that only Chavez’s enemies would spread rumors that he is dead already. I would hit back that only Chavistas would lie that he is still alive, and more importantly still able to govern.
Venezuelans demand answers but they will not be forthcoming. While Chavez’s useful idiots pray for a recovery they conveniently forget that Chavez lied to them continually, most recently in his latest run for President, about beating cancer? He and his sycophants knew full well it was a lie. It has been blatantly obvious ever since his health became a state secret.
Chavez has lied to the Venezuelan people about almost everything because he is pathological. Such is the way of the dictator and they get away with it because of the enablers who surround him. I dream of the day when those enablers are finally dealt with, and stand in front of the honorable judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni.
I could go on about the evils of Chavez and his form of democracy but suffice it to say, Venezuela and the rest of the world will be much better off without him. For those who need further convincing read: Down with the Dictator.
A simple solution
There is of course a simple solution that would quiet all critics instantly. Hugo Chavez could be photographed reading a Venezuelan newspaper, such as today’s Universal or el Mundo. I dare them to do this. I double dare them.
Only by pulling this rabbit out of a hat would rumors end that Chavez is dead. Of course they would need another trick for the following week, because Chavez is not getting better and he is not coming back. This is why his supporters continue to lie about his health. With so many Chavez worshipers out there, it’s all they have left.