President Hugo Chavez and his communist thugs have drawn the line. Their message to the opposition is “Ye shall not pass.”
From Chavez and Marxist hardliners like Elias Jaua, Aristobulo Isturiz, Cilia Flores, Freddy Bernal, Iris Varela, Rafael Ramirez, Diosdado Cabello, etc. the message is that the new National Assembly will not change any legislation that the current assembly already has approved and what it still plans to approve before 15 December 2010.
The hardliners also want to enact a law giving President Chavez special powers to legislate by presidential decree for the rest of his current term in Miraflores. The new National Assembly would not have sufficient votes to suspend those powers.
Nelson Bocaranda says that Fidel Castro is urging Chavez to accelerate the Bolivarian revolution; in effect, to use Venezuela’s democratic institutions to finish killing democracy before the new assembly starts.
Fidel warned this week that the United States wants to steal Venezuela’s oil resources – the same resources that Cuba currently receives from Chavez essentially for free, and which Chavez also has pledged to fuel China’s economic development for the coming century instead of gringo SUV’s.
The regime’s hardliners also have dismissed any possibility of dialogue, compromise or consensus-building in the new National Assembly that starts its sessions the first week of January 2011.
In fact, based on the flood of invective and threats coming from some of the Chavez’s worst thugs, the start of the new assembly’s sessions next January could be a real Bolivarian spectacle followed by permanent procedural abuses aimed at the opposition, and possibly even clashes between opposing deputies.
The regime’s hardliners are not well-disposed by temperament or culture to democratic niceties like negotiation and dialogue. Chavez’s idea of negotiation is “my way or the highway.”
“I am the state,” Chavez said on the record some months back to visiting Marxist scholars from Mexico. “There is no separation of powers in the Bolivarian state,” he added.
There is no constitutional or legal statute that can stop the current National Assembly from granting Chavez broad powers to continue doing whatever tickles his fancy until the end of his current term in the presidency.
Giving such special powers to Chavez might be morally unfair, politically unwise, and a slap to the “pueblo’s” face. But since when has Chavez cared about the democratic will of the majority?