Rolling in the deep

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It’s OK to be sad after a loss.

It’s even OK to be furious. Confounded. Depressed.

But what is not OK is using that pain to lash out. There is sad, and there is just plain wrong.

Nicolás is not happy after losing the majority in the National Assembly.

And he decided to blame it, not on the revolutionary model of utter chaos, but on none other than YOU!

So, guess what? You will have to pay.

Last night, Nicolás held a séance over Hugo Chávez’s coffin and said (more or less):

“I wanted to build 500 thousand houses next year, but I’m not so sure anymore. Not because I’m not capable, because I am. But because I asked for your support and you didn’t give it to me.

I heard him say this live and I thought “I must have heard wrong”.

I decided to hear it one more time and there was no mistake about it: Nicolás said “I didn’t get my majority, so now you don’t get your house”.

Nicolás is rolling in the deep. Not in the deep passionate and unconditional love -supposedly- shown during the electoral campaign. More like the deep passionate pain caused by rejection.

Watching a grown man take rejection so badly … that’s sad.

44 COMMENTS

  1. I actually thanked God he said that.

    One more nail in his coffin!

    What do you think those chavistas de a pie that voted oppo on the 6th are going to think after hearing that?

    I hope he keeps going!

  2. President Maduro: “I didn’t get my majority, so now you don’t get your house”

    The irony about this statement is that in the nearly 17 years in which Chavismo has had the legislative majority, housing construction per capita per year has been far below that of the Fourth Republic. Last I checked, housing construction per capita per year under Chavismo was about 60% of housing construction per capita per year in the last 20 years of the Fourth Republic. [data through 2012. I suspect that a more current comparison would be even worse for Chavismo.]

    President Maduro’s statement should be changed to “When Chavismo had the majority you didn’t get your house, and now that Chavismo is in the minority you are REALLY not going to get your house.

    • ^^^^^ THIS!!

      Things “work” when they are based on fundamental principles. A man wants his own home, which he earned by his own merits, and he knows it. He does not want a gift. There is a place for charity, yes, but democracy, free markets, and capitalism have always provided the best environment for merit to be rewarded. Not perfect, but still the best. Building a free society is not easy to begin with, and Venezuela has a tough road ahead to reconstruct out of the rubble “Chavismo” saddled the people with. There are debts to be paid, by those who took and stole, as well as by those who abused their privilege, position, and power. The blame is not only on the fallacies of socialism. There is blame to be cast upon those who abused their wealth by using it to close doors and create monopolies, instead of using it to open doors and create opportunities.

      The Venezuelan people have amply demonstrated they have the character to stand up for what is right, the courage to be peaceful and honest even in the face of hostility.

      Unexpected riches can be a curse, if not taken with responsibility and used carefully and productively. Venezuela has oil, and has lived off oil for almost a century, spending it. That wealth should be reinvested to develop other industries. The destruction of free markets, private property, and capital is the worst that could have been done. That does not free, it enslaves through stifling production, innovation, and incentive. The country is obviously easily capable of world-class products. There is no excuse there. Those who have some possibly irrational resentment towards the Yanquis – hey, if you really want to “get even”, then out-produce us! Out-style us! Out-class us! Build it better than we do, live it better than we do! Build a better society and country than the USA! (God knows, some of us are getting sick of our own mistakes.) That will really “shove it out faces” and “pintarnos la paloma.” Venezuelan products have already done that in some areas – do it more. Make “Hecho en Venezuela” a world-class brand! Make “Vivir en Venezuela” a world-class ambition!

      Open the doors, and make “Invested in Venezuela” a win-win! It’s tough – people forget that Americans are a very tough people, and know how to organize and produce. Americans fought hard hand-to-hand for their freedom, a tiny nation went up against the world’s greatest military and industrial power at the time in open warfare, and nearly lost, But the principles of freedom, free markets, and everything embodied in the U.S. Constitution are ages old, and those are principles each American carries in their heart. They are principles of a free people, and Americans recognized that. So did others. And so, with help from the French, Americans won. It was a victory of principles, the right ones. Those are not “American” – it is simply that the USA now is the symbol for those principles. For all its faults, and for all the faults of individuals, it was with free markets and capitalism, in a democracy, that the steel process was discovered, and flight.

      (Sorry for the “essay” but Venezuela has a great potential and a great opportunity, and for all the years I lived there, enjoyed my Polar, and Rey del Pescado Frito fish and hallacitas, and the personal warmth and generosity of Venezulans, all those abrazos and besitos, Radio umbos, for the sign in a pothole reading “Hoy, este heuco cumple un ano!” I’m willing to put my thoughts and heart on the line.)

      • +1 to you, sir.

        First thing I always did when arriving in Maiquetia was to drive to El Rey del Pescado for the best fried fish on the planet, a cold Tercio Polar and Tostones.

  3. A fake Maduro Twitter account made this post right after Sunday:

    “I’m going to take your tablets back, TRAITORS”.

    Between this and all the the other amazingly petty (and dangerous, of course) reactions of Maduro and the rest of the gang to their loss, the “pueblo mesmo” is going to solidify their hatred for this bunch of bastards.

  4. Maduro’s reactions are emblematic of a military officer whose direct orders have been disobeyed, rather than a democratic leader. Poor sap thought he was a General. There must be a bus out there for him somewhere, because by the sound of it there’s no future for him in a democratic institution.

    • The Solution

      Berthold Brecht

      Nach dem Aufstand des 17. Juni
      Ließ der Sekretär des Schriftstellerverbands
      In der Stalinallee Flugblätter verteilen
      Auf denen zu lesen war, daß das Volk
      Das Vertrauen der Regierung verscherzt habe
      Und es nur durch verdoppelte Arbeit
      zurückerobern könne. Wäre es da
      Nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung
      Löste das Volk auf und
      Wählte ein anderes?[4]

      La Solucion
      Después de la sublevación de 17 de junio
      , el Secretario de las Unión de Escritores
      mandó distrubir panfletos en el Stalinallee
      Afirmando que la gente
      había perdido la confianza del gobierno
      y sólo podría ganarse de nuevo
      con esfuerzos redoblados. ¿No sería más fácil
      en ese caso para el gobierno
      disolver el pueblo
      y elegir otro?

  5. I am used to it by now in Venezuela, but in no modern country do the people ask the government to build houses for them. If you were to ask Barak Obama, or Angela Merkel, “How many houses did you build?”, they would give you a blank stare. That is not their responsibility.

    • False. Housebuilding—at least here in the UK—is a major point of contention and debate across all parties. Even Conservatives (who now largely delegate it to the private sector) have it as a central plank to their political platform and it is the same across Europe.

      What is really disappointing is the Venezuelan government’s disastrous record at housebuilding, be it through the public or private sector.

  6. Esto es solo el comienzo. Entramos en la fase más interesante del proceso de decadencia y desaparición del régimen. Estén atentos a sus pantallas porque merecerá la pena verlo.

  7. I guess common sense & respect is lacking nowadays to be having a public speech on national TV in front of an actual coffin where a dead person lies.

    what a bunch of wackos…

  8. This is transition period for Chavismo, not necessarily its final collapse. This is why the opposition must be very smart and strategic in the coming months.

    I can see a scenario where Maduro ends up resigning as a result of internal pressure from the PSUV and the miltary within the year, without the need for a revocatorio. Somebody needs to be made the scapegoat for this fiasco in the chavista ranks, and the best thing for chavista parties to do is to fully put the blame on him as he is the obvious and visible target. Speeches like this will not help his cause.

    The narrative will be that “he and his ilk (including Diosdado?) have betrayed the Chavista project and led to this current situation we are in”, and that a new chavista generation, working with some old veterans who are able to separate themselves from Maduro (Jose Vicente Rangel,anybody?), is the answer. I can see some key Marea Socialista players and other smaller parties getting base support as the “real change”.

    How the oppo manuevers through this transition period will determine whether it can fully attain and retain power in the near future. 2016 will be very interesting, if nothing else.

    • Except for the inconvenience that if he resigns all the thugs that are sitting in high places are now exposed to prosecution inside and outside of Venezuela. So indeed, resignation would be the reasonable course of action for Chavismo and let the Oppo clean up the epic economic mess. Then wait out a presidential period and return as Chavismo 2.0 with Marea Socialista et al.

      Dictator’s retirement plans are always precarious. El juego se tranco.

      So the question to me is what real power does Maduro y su combo really have. They are spewing plenty of crazy talk, but 4 days into it they have done -rien, nada-. I am thinking that Francisco’s prediction that they have lost all their power may have happened already and all we see are paper tigers. But it is time to watch them closely.

  9. OT: Striking that while Maduros approval rating hovers around 30% (as per polls) PSUV candidates got about 42 % of the cast votes , meaning that the Chavez brand still is able to pull votes of people who are dissapointed with the govts performance , Although bread and butter issues are important in motivating people to support or reject a political group its also probable that self glamorizing political identity issue serves as a motive to movilize some voter behaviour (added to the fear of lossing govt freebies if they voted againstn the regime) .

    Also one wonders, of the 25% of voters who didnt vote how many were just lazy and how many Chavista sympathyzers showing their discontent by staying home.

    Am reminded of the blind taste trial where people drinking pepsi in unmarked glasses liked it better than coke but then switched to liking coke better when drinking from marked glasses . More curious when their brain pleasures centres were monitored it was discovered that the increased pleasure in drinking coke ( after having preferred pepsi in the blind trial) was genuine .!!

  10. Well, wait a minute. Didn’t they establish as the central message in their election ads that the opposition would be the one withholding benefits and State resources from the people if they won?

  11. Let him have his spiteful temper tantrums if he wants to. It actually benefits everyone if he does. They’ve already given away too much to China in exchange for the cash to pay for all these projects anyways. Let him also stop the Chinese cars, TVs, tablets, and refrigerators while he’s at it. This way when someone from the MUD has the painstaking chore of telling people there is no longer any money for freebies, there will be no shock or anger from the public. By that time, they won’t be expecting these things anymore anyways.

  12. Of 100 voters , merely 31% appear as voting for Psuv candidates of which there must have been a share of sectarian fanatics , people who let themselves be bribed by hand outs and corrupt benefits , people who fear losing their small jobs or benefits from believing that a new govt would take them away (as per the regimes propaganda) , some ballot stuffing in rural or colectivo controlled voting tables etc. Not to be discounted is the regimes total control of media messaging ( the hegemon) and of course the effect of having 1.5 million Venezuelans (most of voting age) living in exile.

    Of the remaining 69% , 24% abstained from voting and 45% voted against the Psuv candidates for Oppo candidates. This represents the lowest point in the regimes popularity in all of its history .

    If as some trolls facetously argue MUD leaders are also corrupt and will attract followers who themselves are corrupt then the latter have no reason to vote against those presumably corrupt oppo leaders because these will later give them the same opportunity to join the corruption band wagon that exists now . UNLESS the expectation is that a new oppo regime will not provide the opportunities for corruption which the current regime offers its partisans.

    The gap of 12 % between the approval ratings and the number of votes might be a sign that most of the Psuv votes were cast under pressure or under unlawful inducements by people who DONT support the regime or which being fanatized in hatred prefer voting not for maduro but against the oppo leaders Chavez thaught them to abhorr. The Maduro regime is in a very tight spot , they should be looking for a more attractive leader, but where is he ?? Poor Maduro es all they got.!!

  13. Unfortunately, if you check pro tweets there are masses of those who still believe that “el Comandante” like Father Christmas, still is short on giving houses away. One person woth whom I chatted and asked who would pa for all the hands outs such as laptops/phones, he mentioned, replied that it was the duty of the govenment. When pressed on the question of taxpayers paing, the reply was “we don’t pay taxes in Venezuela like they do in the U.S.” This gives one an idea of how uneducated people have beeb conned and of all people, Maduro sgould have kniwn better.
    However, despite the last 17 years of this shambles, one must not lose sight of what the country was like before and maybe the reasons why Chavez came to power. I lived there 20 years and enjoyed most of my time there with my family. In a nutshell, what worried me most was the inherent corruption within all parties, the inability to improve health for “the masses” (my horror of viisiting Cocepcion Palacios hospital) both in Caracas and elsewhere by which I refer to public hospitals, the lack of maintenance etc, etc. I worked in both the public and private sector.
    All of the above and more could have been attended to because Venezuela was an oil rich country so why was nothing improved? Falta de voluntad del gobierno y el sector privado. Jobs for the boys. Why on earth have the ranchos spread to such an extent that nobody even notices or cares.
    I am not a socialist but LA has to change, and soon.

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