Playing the victim

No thanks for the parting gift...
No thanks for the parting gift…

Yesterday, our mental-patient-in-chief released a doozy: he complained openly, bitterly, sheepishly about how “the bourgeoisie” and “the media” are ganging up against him, and about how the other campaign has the advantage.

This man is pathetic. Is it even worth explaining that reality is the opposite?

Chavismo’s inability to prepare for the demise of its leader – a once-in-a-generation political talent – is there for all to see, and it ain’t pretty. Chávez left a void, and it is being filled by a man who believes cancer is “inoculated,” Chávez talks through birds, dead men elect Popes, and that he’s … the underdog!

Hugo Chávez rarely played the victim in this way. His chutzpah was based on a firm belief that, even when losing, he was still winning because the people were invincible, and Chávez is the people. Chávez would have never whined about people ganging up on him the way Maduro is doing. And Chávez would have never said he would “stop whistling” because his advisors told him to…

A man this ignorant, with such a feeble grasp of reality, and such a tenuous, haphazard feel for the political needs of his base, simply cannot solve Venezuela’s many serious problems. He basically admitted it yesterday, saying that the task he was left with “is really complicated.”

He is the favorite, and he will likely win, but I doubt he’ll finish his term. Venezuela stands on the edge of a cliff, and Maduro commands us all to take one step forward, or else we will be cursed.

Take a deep breath, folks, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

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  1. I think he is more or less the opposite of Chávez in those aspects and at least on the long time chavistas would be asking for a “stark man” if he gets elected (looking at the rallies it appears enormously boring and only the VTV-cameras makes it looks like good attended…). Yesterday he has to show the last video of Chávez to the people! A winner is he not…

  2. Maduro appears paranoid on top of all his recent hallucinations. A paranoid leader is a dangerous leader who will strike with force without provocation. He is saying others are ganging up to hurt him before the election. If elected, Maduro will not hold back and I expect continued government initiated violence.

        • If you think about it though, he didn´t really have many other options… Who were other possibilities? Aristóbulo? Jorge Rodríguez? María Gabriela?

          • Funny you should say, because I was actually thinking about that. What would have been a better option than Maduro? Tough question. Jorge Rodriguez would have made an…interesting candidate…Man though, if my brother turned me down in favour of a guy like Maduro, I’d be pissed.

          • Actually Aristóbulo would have been a much better candidate than Maduro. Arias Cárdenas, etc., the guy had his pick, and he picked the most obscure, craziest SOB he could find.

          • Or maybe he was injected with something and somebody MADE him pick Maduro. I think that possibility is worth a government-appointment Commission as well.

          • Even a guy like Vielma Mora who is perceived like a good manager by many people. Diosdado is a despicable person, but has the necessary malice to control the craziness inside Chavismo . Jaua is at least a bit more educated.

  3. Does anyone else here think that it is actually better for him to win? I do. Don´t get me wrong, i´m opposition all the way, but the near future is very complicated for Our Country, we all see it coming and apparently chavistas see it too, the next president will probably out of office in a couple years´ time. Could it be better that that president be Maduro? this would give the revolution a clearer end. With Capriles as president there is no way any chavista will think that all the troubles that start after he takes office come from years of neglect rather than a lousy opposition president that is not their beloved pajarito. Let them get angry at Maduro so we can get a longer time at the helm. Do i make any sense?

    • Do you think when everything completely falls apart it will drive people into the arms of the opposition? Or will it just get really really ugly. (That’s an honest question I’m asking)

      • I think we should all look at Zimbabwe as a cautionary tale. Yes, the countries and people are different…yada yada yada…but governments can hold on to power in quite terrible circumstances.

        • Maduro will be impossible to overthrow once he gets in office by election. No matter how bad he messes up Venezuela. Put Capriles in today and everyone will be better off.

        • Look at the cubans: the fear, the hunger, the difficulties of life converted them into pigs that are grateful to the hand that feeds them garbish in their pens!! I grant it is only on the surface but it has been sufficient for the Castro to stay in power!! If you are in Venezuela you should be out there helping Capriles now rather than listening to your own smart but misguided “analysis”.
          Guys, we will not have a country should Maduro wins!!!

      • Glad you asked Canuckles. I think the answer is your latter alternative. Can’t imagine the Cubans will let go of the petroteat, when everything falls apart (more than it is) in Vzla.

    • Chavismo is a wildfire that has to be allowed to burn out by itself. Any interruption by electing the opposition will only make it flare up another time. The Chavistas have to be allowed to become thoroughly disillusioned otherwise they will blame any incoming change on not being true to the Revolution. Unfortunately,we have to watch the continued dismantling of the countries institutions.

    • I think you are overestimating the Venezuelan people. Our country has proven to be gullible voting for this corrupt government time and time again despite its obvious flaws. I think they will blame “capitalism”, “the opposition”, “the empite”. They will say that the crisis is a carefully executed CIA plan to unstabilize the country, and their followers will fall for it.

      I think that without Chavez they will gradually and slowly start losing people, but I am not optimistic about Venezuelans retaliating against the government.

  4. Yesterday job related traveling brought me close to an event of the General Consul of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Hamburg.
    I expected something stupid, but it was worse.
    They talk about participation all the time. Even at this event, they say, we love participation. But it was one woman dando vueltas, vueltas y más vueltas, repeating herself endlessly about how fachist and rassist the opposition is, how the german media simply doesn’t get chavismo and we the germans have no clue about the fact, that one guy declaring himself the incarnation of the people of the whole nation is indeed very healthy. I have never seen a person using language in such a redundant way. She was traduced by her german husband. She lives 11 years here. Well, after 40 minutes I was so bored, that I tested my right to participate. I asked her in spanish how comes that a process that fosters participation in such a great way excludes 44% of the population by declaring them rassist and fachist. Do they really believe that? One angry venezolean woman in the audience turned to me asking, if I have ever been to Venezuela. I answered no, but a lot of times in Chile and that I was asking a general question. Well. They said, I was obviously the typical german who knows anything better. My question got no answer.

    When the woman was speaking about the fair elections and complained that the opposition never accepts results, I said that I heard differently and that Capriles congratulated Chávez for winning the elections inmediatedly after the results turned out. She said, that Capriles congratulated Chávez, but the opposition didn’t accept the fair elections. How to argue with such statements?
    I also asked about Lista Tascón. I got the answer that this had nothing to do with elections and that she was on a similar list before Chávez. After this, I was told, that I had used my allotment of questions for the event for leting other people having their chance.
    But there were no questions. Some people complained in 5 minute speeches about me as imperialist, very german (well Hamburg is in Germany) and generally clueless. Others expressed their carinio for the Bolivarian Revolution and one PKK guy talked about Özcalan and the carinio of the Kurdish Revolution for the Bolivarian Revolution. This is part of the folklore of left wing events in Germany. I have no problems with that.
    After the event I asked your General Consul, if she really believes that 44% of the people she represents are fachist and rassist. Of course she responded. I said that well, there could be 10% of lunatics as in any group. She responded triumphantly: alguna gente. Ves que la oposición es fachista y rasista? Me fuí a buscar mi auto.

    Some experiences were as expected. The shocking part was the amount of sentences this woman needed to make her points.

    • Thanks for posting that! The hatred these people have for the opposition (44% and growing!) is stunning. It is fascistic. The minorities should have no say in anything, according to Chavismo. Even in Germany. They, the opposition, lost. Tough. The winner takes it all. There are no protected minorities, nor should there be. They disagreed with OUR ideas. Therefore, they lose. No rights. They are all fascists and racists. But, who is calling whom a fascist? Minorities had NO rights in Nazi Germany. Jews in Germany being an interesting example from past decades. Fascism. .Amazing.

    • When the woman was speaking about the fair elections and complained that the opposition never accepts results..
      Which brings to mind the reaction of Hugo Chavez to having lost the December 2007 Referendum: “victoria de mierda.”

      Thanks for the tale, Lemmy Caution.

    • The shocking part was the amount of sentences this woman needed to make her points.

      It doesn’t shock me, Lemme, Allow me to explain my theory.

      Those who gravitate to these pseudo-political beliefs with shaky ideological cores are those who did not set clear-cut goals, nor formed aspirations, say, in their early twenties. Perhaps it was a result of poor scholastic performance, or psychological issues. As others move ahead, resentment grows among these bottom-achievers. So that when a new movement comes along, that offers apparent direction and that is galvanized through the repeated references to enemies, including those earlier competitors of the bottom achievers, we-e-e-ll, it’s catnip time! Chavismo is a magnet.

      • Yes but money is the bottom line and the snakes of the fourth are also the snakes of the fifth. The smart or educated ones are not in the public eye because they are busy lining their pockets

  5. Oh well Chavez used to complain also about the “hegemony of the opposition” in the media… It shouldn’t surprise us, these people have never been rational or sincere… What is surprising is that their voters don’t seem to care

  6. I don’t think any revolutionary leader has ever assumed power in such good circumstances.

    100 years of oil at >100/barrel, billions in foreign credit, and far more allies than enemies in the region and the world, including all but one superpower. 6 years to spend very big and maintain a comfortable electoral majority. A loyal cabinet handpicked and coached over 14 years. Vast majority of states controlled by loyal governors. Military completely loyal. Only very small outbreaks of violence and instability.

      • Yeah and pretty soon we can get robots to do most of the work. Lots of free time in socialism, lots of unemployment in capitalism.

        • No seas, bobo, Yoyo, que ni siquiera podéis garantizar suministro de electricidad como lo hace Paraguay ni podéis ofrecer el nivel educativo de Bolivia.
          Y recuerda algo: de socialismo no tenéis abslutamente nada.
          Crees que realmente Venezuela va a poder sobrevivir con el precio del petróleo como esta siquiera media década? Crees realmente que si un país tiene reservas de X décadas a consumo actual y tecnología actual significa que va a poder depender de esto por ese tiempo? No tienes ni puta idea de lo que es la economía.
          Dime: en qué trabajas?

          • Oh my friend you are mistaken, they do know how economic works, but they think that somehow they can rewrite the laws because they know better *Sigh*


          If you really are sure that the complete automation of everything will result in a happy life for human beings, let alone socialism, you are even more delusional than I thought.

          On a very simple level, even if every single manufacturing job is replaced by robots intellectual work will still be performed by humans, and those humans will require an incentive to do so. Given the total lack of productivity of the Soviet Union in innovative spheres (they imported old computers from the US), it’s safe to assume socialist societies would lag far behind in such scenario.

          If even intellectual work is also performed by robots, it won’t be too long before mankind is toast!

        • If only the damn socialists were making the fucking robots, especially socialists like Venezuelans who have billions at their disposal. But, nope, that money goes to boligarchs and crime. Instead technological innovation is being spurred by damn capitalism following Marx’s stupid historical materialism roadmap which is decidedly shit.

  7. It is part of the formula. They accuse the Opposition of doing or being whatever it is that they are most guilty of themselves. Why should they stop now? Obviously, it works.

      • In Spanish we say “cada ladron juzga segun su condition” ; “every thief judges all others to be thieves” im sure there are similar expressions in other languages , because we are crooks we think everyone else is a crook !! your acusations say more about yourself than about those which are accused.

  8. Are you actually missing Chávez, Juan?

    Chávez would have not complained. He would have said something and the fiscal would have initiated a case against the media, ipso-facto. The fact that the guy is just complaining, it is remarkable per-se.

    Yes, Chávez would have said that he was advised not to whistle but then it would have been a joke between himself and the public..that’s what charisma is about.

    Maduro, as my grandmother used to say, “quiso hacer una gracia y le salió una morisqueta”.

  9. The Macarapana curse: Maduro, Cabello, Ramírez y sus Panas
    Chavez created a new breed of robots, Chavista say and do as they are told… Nikolai is nothing but a whining mamas boy just like his North Korean counterpart sans the nuclear arsenal.

  10. EEV: TIV: “this is Venezuela” … really I am ashamed to see my country how it is, but what bothers me is the state of indolence and acceptance with all this madness. The Venezuelan government and the country looks more like a black version, sadistic and humorous films such as “And where’s the pilot?” or “Police Academy”. And when I say, sadistic black version is because this is not going to see a happy ending: if he wins Maduro, will surely come a civil war or a strong repressive dictatorship, disguised as legal arguments, or both, and if he wins Capriles, Chavistas, desperate and they´re plugged, (enchufados) causing a generalized climate of violence that results from social unrest to a civil war, and of course, the Cubans will always be there doing what they do best, destroying countries. But Sunday should vote and defend the votes and fight and so on.

  11. Last few lines of this piece are a neat encapsulation —

    Lake Valencia has been rising few feet a year and swallowed Antonio Rojas’ home last year.

    “We filled out all the forms but in the end we didn’t get a house,” said the wiry 67-year-old, who works at a nursery earning the equivalent of $17 a day at the official exchange rate and $5 on the black market.

    At a squatter’s settlement outside Tacarigua, a town on Valencia’s southern outskirts built around a sugar cane mill, Rojas and his wife share a dirt-floor, aluminum shack with their 7-year-old son, Gregorio. The boy doesn’t go to school because there are none nearby.

    They have neither water nor sewage service. Dirty dishes are piled on a kitchen table. Burned garbage litters the yard.

    When a reporter visited, the family hadn’t had power for a week. They siphon it off a nearby transformer, bare wires hanging jury-rigged on poles.

    “You should see the lines throw off sparks when the poles get wet,” said Rojas’ wife, Carmen. She worries for the safety of Gregorio and the other children.

    Despite their plight, almost everyone in the 200-family settlement is a Chavista, and plans to vote for Maduro.

    Rojas said he voted for Chavez in every election but now he’s disappointed — and undecided.

    “What’s certain is that we’ve been left with nothing.”


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