Special powers are not that special

I'm not scared of this tiny, little book
I’m not scared of this tiny, little book

Maduro received the power today to rule by decree. It is the second time he has had these. Hugo Chávez had a ton of these during his tenure.

You know what? It does not matter.

Maduro could do whatever he wanted yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Does he have any constraints on governance? Perhaps, but if he does, they are certainly legal in nature.

It’s important to keep this in mind as talking heads try to wrap their minds around these developments. Maduro doesn’t need special powers because he and his clique have all the power in the country. There is nothing new here, so folks can just move along. This is just bad theater intended to dishearten Maduro’s opposition.

This is nothing worth dwelling on.

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