President Hugo Chavez announced that he has 20 decree-laws in hand and ready to enact as soon as the National Assembly holds the second vote required to approve the special powers law granting him the authority to rule by decree for one year.
No one has seen the decree-laws, and no one knows who drafted the text of the decree-laws that Chavez will issue with the goal of completely transforming Venezuela’s social, economic and political model.
The assembly expects to hold the second vote today on Chavez’s special powers. But last night, legislators approved new banking legislation that declares banks to be a “public service” – which enhances Chavez’s authority to steal any bank at whim.
Today’s El Nacional (subscription only) has a chart that describes what Chavez and his Havana henchmen have in mind as an evil Christmas gift for the Venezuelan people:
*Tougher telecommunications and information technology regulations;
*Financial reforms creating new taxes and tax regulations, modifying monetary and credit policies, and restructuring banking and insurance;
*Operational and institutional reorganization of Venezuela’s security and defense sector, including new disciplinary and military career standards, weapons and related items;
*Eradication of speculation, usury, capital accumulation, monopolies, oligopolies and large rural estates (latifundios);
*Design a new geographic regionalization to reduce high democratic concentrations in some regions, including the creation of new socialist communities and communes;
*Reorder the social use of all urban and rural lands;
*Modify public entities to guarantee the right of access to housing with public and private contributions;
*Establish secure procedures for citizen identification and migration control.
The 20 decree-laws that Chavez already has in hand could be issued as soon as 15 days after the approved law is published in the Official Gazette.
Today is the 17th of December; if the law is approved today and posted in an Extraordinary Gazette with today’s date, Chavez could start issuing his totalitarian decree-laws on 2 January 2011.
The United Democratic Table (MUD in Spanish) announced that it has created a National Coordination Junta to take positions against Chavez’s decree-laws, and keep the people informed. Wow!
It’s very possible that most, if not all, of the decree-laws will be issued by the time MUD’s legislators join the new National Assembly on 5 January.
Chavez and the PSUV thugs that control the lame duck National Assembly are executing a constitutional coup, abusing the institutions of democratic governance to garrote Venezuela’s democracy.
This is the logical climax of a process that has been under way since Chavez first took the oath of presidential office in 1999 on a constitution that he called “moribund.”
Is there anyone in the MUD at this point who still naively believes that good will triumph over evil, that voters will democratically oust Chavez from the presidency at end-2012 so that the Venezuelan nation can be restored?
Chavez and his PSUV gangsters are determined to seize total control over everyone and everything, and are threatening lethal violence against anyone who dares to resist their will.
The democratic spaces that still exist in Venezuela are being snuffed systematically.
Where is the “bravo pueblo” celebrated in Venezuela’s national hymn? Perhaps that “pueblo” was always a myth.