A day late, a dollar short

The United States government said on 15 December that President Hugo Chavez is “subverting the will of the Venezuelan people” by demanding special powers to rule by decree for one year.

US State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in Washington, DC that Chavez “seems to be finding new and creative ways to justify autocratic powers.”

New and creative?

This is the fourth time since 1999 that Chavez has been granted special powers to enact laws by presidential decree.

Chavez is repeating a tried and true scam that he has used successfully three times previously since 1999 to do whatever he pleases without incurring any serious or sustained protests from the US or anyone else.

What’s different now?

These new special powers have been granted to Chavez by a lame duck National Assembly that has only days left in its five-year session.

A new National Assembly was elected on 26 September 2010, but does not begin its session until January 2011.

Critics argue that the lame duck National assembly doesn’t have the constitutional authority to give Chavez special powers beyond the end of the current legislature’s session.

But constitutional technicalities don’t bother Chavez at all.

Chavez has most of the OAS in his pocket, with the notable exception of the CIDH. The Unasur countries – headed by Brazil – are complete hypocrites when it comes to taking a real stand for democracy.

In strategic and tactical terms, the outcome of the 26 September National Assembly elections is of no consequence whatsoever to Chavez.

The lame duck assembly is rushing to approve a slew of new laws that legally consolidate Venezuela’s transformation into a repressive Cuban-style dictatorship backed by corrupt generals, drug traffickers and other rogue states.

What can the democratic opposition do to counter this coup by Chavez?

Diego Arria, among others, has urged the opposition legislators elected to the new National Assembly to invoke an Article 350; i.e. everything that Chavez and the lame duck assembly are doing now is unconstitutional and illegal.

However, the oppo is powerless and cannot do anything to stop Chavez.

The oppo is the minority in the new assembly, and any attempts by oppo legislators to block Chavez from consolidating his gangster regime will be stopped cold by the numerically superior PSUV block.

Forget about legal challenges.

Chavez ensured that a new Supreme Court was handpicked and sworn in before the lame duck National Assembly granted him the special powers.

The new “supremos” certainly will rule against anyone who tries to challenge the legality and constitutionality of the special powers.

The lame duck National Assembly also has approved legislation that expands State controls over all forms of communications media, including the Internet.

The regime’s aim is to silence and repress anyone who dissents or has opinions critical of the regime, including independent news organizations, bloggers and users of social media like Twitter.

Chavez will use these special powers to complete his horrific Bolivarian masterpiece.

Who or what will stop Chavez from enacting by decree the constitutional reforms that were rejected by a majority of voters three years ago?

By the time Chavez is done and his special powers expire at the end of 2011, it may not matter anymore that presidential elections are officially scheduled for December 2012.

Mr. Crowley’s statement that Chavez is “subverting” the will of a majority of the Venezuelan people doesn’t even come close to addressing the monstrous tragedy that is escalating in Venezuela.

Chances of a conciliatory, peaceful democratic outcome are nil, I think.

Chavez and his gangsters already have driven Venezuela beyond the point where peaceful and democratic outcomes are still remotely possible.

Arria and other foes of the Bolivarian regime recently have been declaring that Chavez someday will face justice for his crimes and will spend the rest of his days in a prison cell. But I disagree.

Chavez will remain in power for years to come, or else Chavez will be killed.

However, if (or when) Chavez is killed, Venezuela likely will suffer bloodshed and civil strike on a scale not seen in Latin America since Gaitan was murdered in Bogota in 1948.

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7 Responses to A day late, a dollar short

  1. Roberto N says:

    Turn out the lights, folks.

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  2. I have often written in reference to the US State Department ´s outlook on on Foreign Policy, that “You can not export democracy by tolerating a tyrant”.
    They know full well all the “mischief” that he has done and plan on doing. – So what is the excuse for doing nothing to stop him? OIL.
    Oil will continue to flow to markets in the USA, even if Chavez is removed, since the oil industry will be the priority in getting it ship shape.

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  3. olga lavieri says:

    Obviously, behind Hugo Chavez are Cuban Fidel and Raul Castro. Fidel Castro’regime tried to invade Venezuela in the 60s and fortunately were repelled by President Betancourt at the time. Their whole strategy since the new Caudillo took power in 1998, was to take hold of Venezuela’oil resources and its riches and so far, they are succedeeing.
    With the indoctrination of the new dictator in Venezuela and the silent invasion of more than 100 thousand of the so called ¨technician, pseudo doctors, teachers, etc, the cubans are have been occupying strategic places in the state, the military, notaries, customs, ports, identity, etc. They are controlling the country in a cover way!!
    Raul Castro is afraid of the loss of popularity in the electorate and this is the main reason to accelerate the
    grabbing of complete power through the new laws Chavez is asking the lame Assembly to concede.

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  4. Crow says:

    South America is being taken over by terrorist who are funded by Venezuelan oil and drug cartels. It is reported in the German press that Iran has shipped long range missles to Venezuela and plans to give Chavez atomic weapons as soon as they develop them. HIstory is about to repeat itself in our (USA’s) southern hemisphere. Chavez is the new HItler, he is intent on taking over South America. He has already taken over Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. His attempt to take over Honduras failed when Zelaya was ousted. It should be noted that that the Obama Administration insisted Zelaya be reinstated, luckily the Honduran people ignored the threats and loss of funds from our government and saved their country from the communist dictators.

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  5. Charly says:

    However, if (or when) Chavez is killed, Venezuela likely will suffer bloodshed and civil strike on a scale not seen in Latin America since Gaitan was murdered in Bogota in 1948.

    That is to go in the same category as “Chavez will end up at the International Court”. Count on it! The Venezuelan is essentially passive and there will be no more hoopla if Chavez gets blown off than the oppo making noise about him seizing all powers. And the few hundreds of thug coming downtown from 23 Enero will make squat difference. Life will just continue on and 12 year old scotch will still keep flowing.

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  6. m_astera says:

    “The Venezuelan is essentially passive and there will be no more hoopla if Chavez gets blown off than the oppo making noise about him seizing all powers. And the few hundreds of thug coming downtown from 23 Enero will make squat difference. Life will just continue on and 12 year old scotch will still keep flowing.”

    You nailed it Charly. Especially with no one to tell those 23 Eneros what to do or pay them to do it.

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  7. m_astera says:

    Crow wrote:

    “It is reported in the German press that Iran has shipped long range missles to Venezuela and plans to give Chavez atomic weapons as soon as they develop them. HIstory is about to repeat itself in our (USA’s) southern hemisphere. Chavez is the new HItler, he is intent on taking over South America. He has already taken over Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. His attempt to take over Honduras failed when Zelaya was ousted.”

    This is either satirical humor or written by someone who has never been to South America, much less Venezuela. Chavez has taken over nowhere, and as soon as he runs out of bribe money all his erstwhile supporters will say “Do I know you?”

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