Pretty please, could our next radical left wing president be a little bit more like Pepe Mujica?


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Polls show that his approval ratings have been declining, but “I don’t give a damn,” insisted Mr. Mujica, emphasizing that he considered re-election to consecutive terms, already prohibited by Uruguay’s Constitution, as “monarchic.” “If I worried about pollsters, I wouldn’t be president,” he said.


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  1. So you fell to the Pepe Fever too?

    You know, when I read about him, I cried like a baby.

    Chávez had the power and political clout to do this, to rule sanely, to open the mind of our country, to heal the wounds and fix the problems. He had the money to create the bases of a better society. He chose not to. He chose to divide, hate, hurt and destroy. He chose to make a personality cult, a sect, the ruler of the country, he chose to send people to jail because of their thoughts, he chose to let the country rot to the point where we don’t even have 24 hour power anymore.

    So much is lost, we are so much worse now.

    So, excuse if I don’t cry or feel pity towards this bastard, as he reaps the fruits of his recklessness towards his disease. No, I won’t. I will actually cheer and dance for one day. But not too much. He will be over, no suffering, no concerns, and my family and friends will still be dealing with the clusterfuck that this country is.

  2. Uraguay it ain’t. The cult of personality rules in Venezuela. From the Guardian “We must wait for him to recover and then swear him into office,” said Ruben Daza, a newspaper vendor. “I don’t think he’ll be back next week. The assembly will have to decide what to do in the meantime, but he is the president and we must wait for his return.”

    This actually is beginning to present itself as an opportunity for Fidel to preside over Venezuela for a very long time. The question is how long are Ruben Daza and his comrades willing to wait for his return?

  3. Diosdado Cabello elected as president of the National Assembly
    Dario Vivas chosen as first vice president of the National Assembly
    Elegida Blanca Eekhout chosen as second vice president
    Victor Clark elected as secretary of the National Assembly
    Ivan Zerpa Elected as secretary of the National Assembly

      • shhhhh Guido!, remember:

        when you have given up your conscience in support of the revolution, you gotta stay the course, if you stop to fathom what you have become part of, you wouldn’t stand it and wouldn’t live with yourself, so you better double down and whistle all along.

        Don’t try to make our friend Cort here wake up too soon! It will be a rough awakening, when it happens.

    • OMG, Cort. I would have never known. Your scoop is the stuff of genius. Have you considered starting your own daily? You could call it: Believing the Lie.
      How about including a section titled “Cat o’ Nine Tails”? There, you could add the names of members of the oppo who were pilloried on leaving the AN, today, and the name of the oppo journalist who was barred from even entering, in spite of chavista journos being allowed.

      Way to go, chump.

    • “Yo vine aquí hoy a votar por una Junta Directiva que debe estar presidida por un Diputado del oficialismo…”

      “…a mí me hubiera gustado votar y por unanimidad para que en la Junta estuviera representada la pluralidad del país”

      That is believing democracy looks like, Mr Greene. I know it might beyond comprehension to someone such as yourself, who approaches politics as an spectacle and a blood sport, but maybe if you try very hard you may eventually pick up some appreciation for plurality and civism.

      • Bravo Juan Pablo Fernandez, for his courage. And for his sound message, in spite of the A.N. hecklers, intellectually incapable of comprehending other opinions, outside those of the cult. Would that (young) Capriles have demonstrated as much seriousness and strength as Fernandez, instead of opting for a softy-softy route, however understandable at the time.

        Thank you, Nestor, for showing us how devoid of true meaning is “pluriplural”, just one of the pirouettes that form part of cuban-chavista lexicon.

        Now, let’s see if Cort Greene can actually refrain from engaging in his/her blood sport, and comment on the post at hand: about an honest and unpretentious leftist who leads Uruguay.

    • Yes, Cort, this is great news and it was expected. The most important thing was Diodado´s speech at the end of the proceedings. No dialogue. No negotiations with the oppoosition – only dialogue with the epople who put the chavistas in power based on Article 5 of the Contsitution.
      Part of the reason for this hard line by Diosdado has been the behavior of the opposition spokespeople concerning Chavez’s health, the Twitter and Facebook campaigns (both totally repugnant) and Aveledo writing to the local foreign ambassadors in Caracas in an effort to discredit the government. The oppsition asked for a hard line and now they have their wish. Well done, Diosdado – and Chavez offered dialogue on October 7th but this opportunity has now gone.The opposition never learns and CC is a reflection of that FACT.

      Note that there was no bad behavior from the opposition since it was all in cadena. At the end the look of their faces was that of being in total defeat, embittered, angry and full of hate – frustrated by the democratic process which they have failed to win for 14 years.

      The opposition has no power any more – just media noise – and after January 10th it will be even worse when the TSJ and AN rule in favor of leaving Chavez as President completely within the legal framework of the Constitution.

      In Chavez’s absence chavismo has been radicalized and is nuch harder. Soon even MCM will be begging Chavez to return. He almost looks a soft touch compared to Maduro and Diosdado.

      I remember writing here several times that this would ahppen unless the opposition changed its tune and its tactics. The opposition is no better than apolitical eunuch and will not recover for many, many years.

        • Yes, syd, backhanded comments will certainly make up for the fact that from sunny California you have been blogging about Venezuela for at least a decade and in line with our esteemed editor, Quico, have been wronmg on everything 99% of the time. Hard to handle, innit?

          • And Arturo still avoids commenting on the post at hand, squeeeeamish about the loaded comparison between ‘his-own-man’ Mujica and the insecure boy Chávez who needed Castro to bolster and advise him, and who now lies on his deathbed in Cuba, a country to which he delivered Vzlan interests.
            As for your returning, time and again, to a blog where “everything” is wrong “99% of the time”, let your actions speak for your mental condition. Every moment you spend on this oh-so-wrong blog, you lose valuable time in actually helping the poor in Vzla. But you don’t soil your pretty little hands, do you, other than to tap away on your latest mobile device. Pitiful.
            P.S. Your assertion that I live in California is 100% wrong. But thanks for that delusional placement.

  4. I read that article this morning and immediately wondered what this would look like if they covered the same story in Venezuela. El Chiguire could do wonders with a spin on this story.

  5. “Polls show that his approval ratings have been declining, but “I don’t give a damn,” insisted Mr. Mujica, emphasizing that he considered re-election to consecutive terms, already prohibited by Uruguay’s Constitution, as “monarchic.”

    Well, now we have a good guess of what Pepe thinks of Mi Comandante Presidente’s 14 years of unbounded powers over the reigns of our country. We may also guess what he thinks of Rosinés showing off all those dollars in that infamous picture of hers.

  6. Chavistas are staying true to form: they could care less about the constitution as they consider it “puro formalismo”. How long has it been since the Contralor died? La Bicha is very clear on the mechanism to replace the Contralor, yet it is easier to drag on with a temporary substitute that in practice is permanent. They would have to reach an agreement with the opposition as it requires 2/3 majority, and that is unthinkable. Shame on the opposition for not demanding he be replaced according to the law.

    The theory that Chavez is the current President and will continue to be President without the need to be sworn in for his new term is just absurd. It puts Venezuela on the same level with North Korea where Kim Il-sung was named the eternal president.

  7. The problem with Mujica is that he’s a pragmatist. I think Venezuelans are too divided to elect a pragmatist. He was to visit Chavez but “there is no possibility” to visit Chavez, indicating to me that 1) Chavez is on life support and 2) the Cubans can’t trust him to keep his lid shut (because he’s a honest, straightforward dude).

  8. Jose Mujica is a Sr. Presidente.

    He knows that he has a Republic to run. That he’s President to serve the public including those not agreeing with him, not the other way around. That he has to respect his opponents. That democracy means all that besides winning elections. That the alternative is killing and dying after elections.

    He is a leftist that one can admire because he is consistent and honest (in not wanting power, perks and money). HE is entitled to go around with a shirt and no tie because in his case it’s no affectation, unlike those rich (and corrupt) “robolutionary” posers in Venezuela.

    Contrast with the sectarian, militaristic and corrupt clique that runs Venezuela. Pampered and oligarchic military officers who think they know better than any civilian and that they had leave to have a go at power. Discontent politicians who had enjoyed tolerance and even govt. jobs during the “4th.” but wanted power.

    I suppose that fighting first a constitutional government, then a military dictatorship and suffering for it in prison did help a decent man.

    Wished we had at least one Presidential candidate like Pepe Mujica in Venezuela.

    • Apart from his leftist credentials, Pepe Mujica is a democrat, not afraid of differing opinions, not looking for scapegoats in order to consolidate his power, and not interested in selling his nation to the hegemonic appetites in Cuba.

      Pepe Mujica likely never sh*t his pants, while hiding, after a failed coup attempt. Instead, he showed intellectual resourcefulness in dealing with a physically and mentally draining scenario, while in jail.

      If Vzla would have had a Mujica in Chávez, most of the opposition would have simply formed part of a healthy debate within the political assembly of a democratic nation.

      (Waiting for the next troll to completely sidestep the loaded minefield that is Mujica.)

      • If Mujica were president the opposition would be way smaller. Remember that Chavez’ political base was way bigger in 99. People were tired and ready for something new. Only not this kind of new…

      • I might not agree with Jose Mujica on everything. Though I can agree with him on many things. But even then you can admire the guy.

      • Sorry to disagree with you syd, in Venezuela we already have our fair share of guerrilleros y golpistas amnistiados that can do with the country whatever they want, they are even worst than the military.

        Besides, didn’t had Chavez the same episode of giving away half his salary to the childrens? it was in the first year of his first mandate. Back then a lot of people where charmed by that, even in the opposition side.

        While the actions of Mujica sounds noble and well intended, let’s say I’d buy all that crap that he means well, in actuality it accomplish nothing.

        I may sound cynical, but men I’m tired of former guerrilla/golpista that subvert democracy for the greeter good of the people while wearing a lamb costume just to fuck us all.


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