'Toy Picao Chronicles: An open letter to Tibisay Lucena

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bb4fcf150d27b8223f0f6a706700e965by FoB Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez

Last week, electoral authorities in Azerbaijan – a small, oil rich, nation nestled lovingly between steadfast Bolivarian allies Iran and Russia – enthusiastically announced the landslide reelection of their incumbent president Ilham Aliyev, with 73% of the vote, a full day before said voting had even begun.

Sheer brilliance.

Fancy new oil pipeline in hand, Azerbaijan’s blatant attempt to wrest Venezuela’s hard earned primacy in electoral shenanigans represents an ongoing effort to humiliate our Bolivarian Republic. Far from content with merely besting us in such Venezuelan government priorities as high software piracy rates, and prisoners per capita, even their president seeks to maintain a more masculine mustache than our own beloved jefe, Nicolás Maduro.

The stakes could not be higher. As I am sure most readers of this blog should by now be painfully aware, Venezuela has had a bit of a tough run of things these last couple of decades. Our once vaunted oil production records are by now a thing of the past, the government is forced to fudge external investment figures to avoid embarrassment, and even our Miss Universe showings have become a bit cringeworthy as of late.

Faced with such adversity, everyday Venezuelans have turned increasingly towards predicating their national patriotism upon less conventional records. Many of these, such as the 100% literacy rate supposedly achieved through Misión Robinson, are likely to withstand about as much international scrutiny as Iran’s claim to be entirely free of Homosexuals.

Yet, of one thing, Venezuelans could be sure: being blessed with the most unapologetically biased electoral authorities anywhere. Come what may, Tibisay Lucena, you could hold your head up high, confident in the knowledge that you, and your friends were “numero uno” in this regard – pase lo que pase, and come what may.

Until now.

How can we, as Venezuelans, continue to take pride in our 21st century socialist paradise when the petro-nouveau riche disrespects us with impunity? How can we continue to take delight in Hilary Kramer’s delightfully fluffy — cataclysmically researched — piropo articles, knowing full well that Azerbaijan was there first? It makes me feel ill. Venezuela is nobody’s sloppy second.

This cannot stand! We demand that our government address this existential threat upon our bragging rights. Increased software piracy, incarcerations, and more commanding presidential mustaches would be a great start, but what we really need here is to double down on CNE brazenness. Tibisay Lucena, our nation turns to you for leadership now more than ever.

Like Carlos Baute before me, I am ever the optimist when it comes to believing in Venezuela, while myself living comfortably abroad. I know in my heart that the pluck, drive and desfachatez of the government institutions in my beloved fifth republic remain intact. I do not doubt that Tibi & Company will spare no effort to take back the crown from these Caspian upstarts come December’s municipal elections.

God speed, citizen Lucena. We’re all counting on you…

1 COMMENT

  1. How can we continue to take delight in Hilary Kramer’s delightfully fluffy — cataclysmically researched — piropo articles, knowing full well that Azerbaijan was there first?

    Good find. Having written puff pieces for Azerbaijan and Chavezuela, Hillary Karmer is apparently the Queen of Puff. Should she change her employer from Forbes to the Puffington Host?

  2. This is completely off topic but the Torre de David was prominently featured in the latest episode of Homeland (season 3 – episode 3 to be specific).

  3. The political system in Venezuela is deeply corrupted, but the electoral machinery is still predominantly functional. The opposition effectively contested the last two presidential votes, and also state elections. The chavernment works at a different level. The grotesque fraud in Azerbaijan is much worse. And Venezuela is far from the most corrupted or deformed nominally democratic polity. Zimbabwe comes to mind. And Russia.

    • What are the major differences between the Russian and the Venezuelan political system?
      As far as I see
      -The opposition in Venezuela is much more unified
      – Venezuela had around 38 years of civil, multi-party past (we also had about two years in the forties)
      – Venezuela is part of the Spanish-sphere, with lots of other countries and immigrants/emigrants of those countries sharing information
      – Chavismo is economically more incompetent than Putinism

      Apart from that the media landscape is currently not so different (difference being that Pedro Pérez with cable or satellite can indeed watch Colombian or Mexican TV or CNN Spanish…on the other side, Russians have much better Internet connection…the US ambassador could recently talked to government critical journo Sobchak on Dozdh’ channel)

      NGO legislation? Almost the same.

      Judiciary? The same.

      Putin is definitely still more popular than Chávez was when the latter kicked the bucket.

      We have quite some similarities. Even our new rich behave in a similar fashion.

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