The Eager Eunuch

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The deepening state of collective insanity also known as the Bolivarian Republic has plumbed bizarre new depths over the last few days. But the news item that really struck me was this clip with Congressman-elect (and frighteningly talented demagogue-in-training) Robert Serra eagerly rushing to register his view that the body he’s just been elected to should be stripped of most of its powers before he’s even taken office.

The entire Enabling Law episode is simply bizarre. Because, let’s just remind ourselves that the legislature whose power Chávez is moving to strip isn’t some opposition-controlled behemoth: it’s a place where unquestioning chavista partisans control 59% of the seats! There’s no real chance of the new Assembly substantially slowing, let alone reversing, any part of the Chávez agenda. Even so, eager new chavista pols who you might think would relish the chance to legislate for the first time in their young lives are all signed up to the plan to Ledezimate it.

You may remember Serra as the frighteningly silver tongued die-hard chavista student drafted in to insult the Manos Blancas movement when its representatives managed to get a speaking slot at the National Assembly some years ago.

These days, he’s one of the 59% of A.N. members who represent 48% of Venezuela’s voters. Yet Serra isn’t trying to reassure his boss that the body he is about to join is going to be just as pliant as the outgoing one. He isn’t trying to tell Chávez that he can leave it to them, that they’ve got his back. No!

Instead, implicitly, he says “you’re right, mi comandante. The 98 PSUV deputies elected? We’re pretty useless…best to bypass us altogether.”

Which, in the end, shows he’s no fool.

Robert Serra understands what Chávez has worked hard to ensure everyone in Venezuela understands. Power rests with him, and only with him. If you want a share of it, your overriding priority is to ingratiate yourself with the president. I mean, duh!

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    • His shrill and hysterical voice makes him impossible for me to follow more than a few seconds.Just think of the quality of emotion behind the voice.

      I hear anger, vengeance, ignorance, arrogance and much more.

      I thought Sarah Palin was hard to listen to but this guy takes the cake.

    • This video is shocking. It looks like he might be suffering from some clinical Mania…seriously.His agitated, non- stop talking is either Mania or drugs…how much you wanna bet?

  1. Somehow, Venezuela’s headlong rush to immolation is conjuring up images in my mind of the Chavistas as a mixture of lemming hurling themselves en mass off the cliff, the Jonestown cultists drinking the Koolaid, and Al Capp’s Shmoos who desire nothing more than to be eaten by someone.

  2. called jail! he is a Con (confidence) artist…yes very eloquent, rapid fire talk, convincing to a degree, but with illogical arguments or severely restricted versions of the truth, he’s swift replying with florid sentences to keep you from thinking clearly and putting you always in a defensive mood, with no chance whatsoever for you to make your point or think things thru…in essence the perfect Chavista….

    Simpler versions of this creature, can be seen riding new chinese motorcycles, wearing masks and wreaking havoc with stick and stones when the oposition gathers anywhere in a democratic fashion….

  3. Since the first time I saw him on TV, all I’ve ever wanted to do is punch him in the mouth. I sincerely hope I never run into him, because trust me, he’ll be missing a few teeth if I do.

  4. This guy’s not just frightening, he’s the future of Venezuela, and in that, he’s profoundly depressing.

    Over at Daniel’s blog, I had lamented that (from my perspective, at least) the Venezuelan people appear to be going gently into the not-so-good night. Seeing this dude, Serra, I have the impression that this isn’t some slow, gentle process anymore, it’s becoming a head-long and willful rush into a full-fledged dictatorship. To paraphrase Roy, looks like we’re heading into the long night of the lemmings and shmoos…

    Oh, and on a positive note, this punk Serra’s quite young, so he’d be a great understudy for Chavez, just in case anyone was thinking that the country could simply outlive/outlast Chavez…

    • “Venezuelan people appear to be going gently into the not-so-good night”

      Oh so true, and I quote Dylan Thomas whose words come to mind:

      “Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

    • No, this country will have to suffer and survive Chavez, will have to let Chavez run his course, much like a viral hemorrhagic fever. Get up after it, or die of it.

  5. I think that the biggest fear that Chavismo has these days is that in a couple of weeks there are going to be 60 voices wanting to be heard in the AN. Whatever happens the criticisms are going to be harsh from the oppo members.

    There is nothing the oficialistas fear more than people speaking the truth & reality. Now they are mostly restricted to GloboVision however now these voices will be on the AN channel & constantly reported by all news media. They aren’t going to like it.

    It’s just a real shame there is no way to stop this enabling bill.

  6. I am not so sure about Sierra. What passes for talent may not be but a rather strong sense of insecurity. That he, a mayfly, is playing the chavista card now may turn out to be just a wrong reading on his part that reflects the need of praise a personality like his craves.

    My point is, he will fizzle…

    • Fombona, I really, really hope you’re right. People like this guy Serra are definitely bad apples. The problematic thing is, they’ve really got all the power right now, and I don’t think they’re willing to concede it gracefully or willingly…

  7. a little off topic, but is there anything legislatively the incoming AN can do to nullify these new decree powers? as crazy as this may sound how viable would it be if the opposition raised the issue of subjecting it to a popular vote? just curious about what options (if any) are available.

  8. In the beginnings of the Chavez era, I saw a young Cuban shooting off like that in front of Hugo, so much that he called the guy a machine gun. Praising everything outrageous from Sendero Luminoso to the Iranian theocracy, at that. Probably called brothers the Khmer Rouge…

    These guys have made themselves immune to shame or scandal, and to having to make sense. They have said so many outrageous things, and done so many (though much less than they said, at that), and so many outrageous things have been said of them, that there is little they can say or do that they will regret. Much like their own Iranian or Cuban counterparts. Much like Nero and Caligula, too. In fact, they fuel the fire on purpose, like the aforementioned.

    To Godwin myself. This guy would not be out of place in Kroll Opera House (since the Reichstag was, appropriately, burnt and used as an excuse to suspend rights). I wonder if they will burn the Capitolio down, accuse escualidos and then convene in Teatro Municipal…

  9. Well FT, I am going to disagree on your appreciation of Robert Serra. Many of the oppo student leaders, a couple that come to mind Diego Scharifker or Oliver Blanco, would put him to shame in public really quickly. This Serra guy is just another grandisimo hablador de huevonadas. De esos hay miles. Which is not frightening at all, just sign of the times. Not all of them have the power to convince, for remember, Chavez solo hay uno.

  10. here is another one in training…he is pointing out private companies so CH can expropriate them, and maybe he gets to run some of them under the socialism banner, this the the new venezuelan politics we are selling each other out as long as we can get something in return, this guy is the perfect example…he shows his loyalty to the party first by first speaking evil of the opo governor and the casually says 47 companies are stealing “non-metallic resources” (it’s sand people, plain old sand…) what a load of BS these chavistas are….all cut from the same cloth and so many of them it seems…

  11. I have never witnessed a population walk so passively to the gallows before. Ignorance is bliss but Greed is a curse on mankind and socialism is just another guise for theft by a few. “We the people” carries a huge amount of responsibility by citizens, but maybe the population is really just that lazy. They really think that Hugo has their best interests in mind. In the end the rewards will benefit just a very few as in Cuba..
    Meanwhile Castro, Hugo and the FARC are responsible for a civil war in Mexico and everybody wants to ignore it.
    31,000 people dead so far and no end in sight.
    jmho

    • Edward,
      Chávez and Castro can be all the criminals you want, but they are not responsible for the cocaine war. In fact, a big amount of the responsibility lies in the hijos de papi and hijos de mami in the US, in Europe and elsewhere who are buying cocaine. Another part is the free flow of heavy weapons from the US into Mexico. And much more. Please, watch:

    • Edward,

      I wouldn’t necessarily say that the population is passively walking through the gallows or being lazy… What would you suggest the opposition to do? organize a coup? manifest and protest to potentially loose more lives during it? unite and demonstrate that the opposition is finally organized and is ready to take back the government and give us all the democracy we dreamt of in 1958? We all know the AN is composed of Chavez’s puppets and that this rule by decree is a way to demonstrate to the opposition AN members, and any leadership position, that they’re actually powerless…

      I think the population (including some chavistas and ex-chavistas) is exhausted not lazy. People can’t even keep up half of the changes going on in the nation..that is, of course, assuming that people are following the insanities that are occurring. Let alone the suffocating inflation and economic instability is exhausting… what is your suggestion.

      Not to say that the situation in mexico isn’t regrettable but i’d drug trade and its repercussions have long been present in mexico, long before the Chavez damnation began.

      Best.

  12. There are buyers of drugs all over the world not just the U.S.A.
    Weapons are made by many nations for purpose of sale all over the world. Not just by the USA. Many weapons have no serial numbers. Russian AK47 is the weapon of choice in many places including Mexico. Venezuela would like to manufacture AK47 too.
    When Ubrador lost the elections to Calderon the escalation of violence happened. Hugo supported Ubrador. Ubrador made threats of starting trouble for Calderon and here we are.I have monitored the situation the whole time and recorded all the articles here.
    http://blogsfornatalee.com/forum/index.php?topic=8485.0

    I have monitored Hugo Chavez ever since Maria Machado visited George Bush in the White House and Natalee disappeared from Aruba and I recorded it here.
    http://blogsfornatalee.com/forum/index.php?topic=7483.0
    You may have to sign in to read the many posts.

    Hugo Chavez is by Castro design and a FARC member.. His intent is to place people in his Marxist belief in office.
    Drugs from Mexico are not just supplied to American citizens. There main market inside the United States is there own people who have crossed the border over many years. For instance Black heroin is the drug of choice of Mexican farm workers for many years. Supplied by Mexico. Mexican Street gangs sell drugs to there own as well as others.
    I am very aware of your video and the news media twist on truth.

    Maria Corina Machado should be president of Venezuela for peace and prosperity of the Venezuelan people as well as South and Central America in my humble opinion.
    My experience in Mexico and its people is extensive and I own farm property in South America. So my opinion is based on personal experience and researched education.
    As always anything I write is just my humble opinion.

    • I mentioned the European Union as well, in case you think this is “an attack from Old Europe” against the USA.
      But in any case: although there is more and more consumption in Mexico, the greatest amount of cocaine that goes there does not stop there but goes not Germany or to Spain but to the UNITED STATES, so the US is big time co-responsible for paying the drug dealers in Mexico.
      The money from all those party goes in the US is financing the weapons people use South of the Border.

      Cocaine to Germany or Spain take complete different routes usually.
      So the biggest problem with drug trade in Mexico are the United States, which cannot put in order its bloody consumption habits.
      The EU is also co-responsible for a lot of shit, but rather elsewhere: directly from South America, through Africa.

      “I am very aware of your video and the news media twist on truth.”
      Geez, this sounds like a Fox News viewer.

    • Can you answer to these questions?

      – What is the estimate percentage of the US in world cocaine consumption?
      I don’t take blindly any single source, but I think there are some serious estimates that show the US has a huge role in cocaina consumption, if by its size (Britain and Spain are some of the toppers in Europe).
      – Where are the dollars that known (from Paris Hilton to Moss) and unknown people pay for their cocaine going to?

      What the farmers you may personally know tell you is one thing. Another thing is what the whole numbers show. Half of my friends here are in research & technology. That does not mean half the population of this country are into that.

  13. “the free flow of heavy weapons from the US into Mexico.”

    This is a myth. Automatic weapons are very expensive and hard to buy in the U.S. AK-47s and such are widely available in many parts of the Third World – the same areas where the narcotraficantes get their drugs. Why should Mexican criminals pay thousands of $ apiece for weapons from the U.S.? In fact they don’t.

    The stat which is repeated endlessly as if it supports this claim is that more of the illegal weapons seized in Mexico are traced to the U.S. than to other countries. This leaves out the important fact that the vast majority of seized weapons are not traced at all. That most of those traced are from the U.S. is not surprising – the U.S. is next door, and unlike Pakistan or Nigeria or Bolivia or Lebanon, the U.S. has strong record-keeping and registration.

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