Believe it: in the next few hours, MUD will register candidates for governor’s elections.

Last week, Smartmatic gave us a gorgeous gift, validating Whatsapp cadenas from El Doral to El Cafetal. The system was rigged to provide and voting tallies are a sham, a confession straight from the horse’s mouth. We were on a high, man, but mere hours after the Smartmatic announcement, Henry Ramos Allup popped our bubble saying that Acción Democrática would run for governor elections.

It was only a matter of time before every other opposition party, except for María Corina’s Vente Venezuela and Ledezma’s ABP, followed suit.

And it’s not like it’s that hard to see right through the government’s vile intentions and how we’re playing right into their sinister trap: yesterday, the National Electoral Council published its final report of parties that had survived the odious “party re-legitimation” process, a supposed requirement for anyone hoping to run in governor’s elections. Even opposition parties like the defunct COPEI, which publicly announced their demise after not participating in the signature drive, made the cut. It’s almost as if… hmmm… as if the process was bullshit all along.

Yes, if the opposition abstains, the government will play its 2005 card, we all know that. But what prevents the government from using any tactic it has, Constituent Assembly included, to create parallel local governments, just like they did against Capriles? Or worse, even getting rid of governors for good? We’re won’t go into the growing list of MUD politicians barred from running, or being arrested, or the CNE prohibiting MUD to appear on the ballot for governor’s elections in seven states; just what is going to make the government desist from its agenda of total domination, the Organization of American States? Mercosur, from which we’ve been suspended? The United Nations?

Let’s get real, we know who’s invested in governor elections after we agreed that the system is broken. We know who’s afraid of being left out by the new kids on the block.

Henry Ramos Allup seems reassured that he can turn back time, ignore these past few months (years!) and act like we’re not in a full-blown dictatorship. I understand that leaning on protests is very risky and I agree that having the opposition reach a consensus on all possible scenarios, including what to do about governor’s elections, is necessary. Hell, I even concede that, had the government not gone forward with the Constituent Assembly, heavily-scrutinized elections would have been beneficial to the opposition.

But the truth is, there’s no way back after July. Borders have been redrawn and we’re at a point of no return, with no compass and a very dim sense of direction. This is not the game of Julio Borges, career politicians overwhelmed outside their comfort zone. To pretend this is normalcy is not wishful thinking. It’s sick denial.

Come on, Henry. You can be like Betancourt, quietly retire from politics, content in having fulfilled your duty. Teenagers will still take selfies with you and a new generation will take on the mantle, thanking you and praising your graciousness.

Because the other option is turning into Alfaro. One day you may be driving to the Acción Democrática bunker, only to find out that those who yesterday cheered you, today changed the locks, leaving you an old lonely man, with broken dreams of presidency.

Do you remember Alfaro, Henry?

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50 COMMENTS

  1. We are doomed either way. The CNE will have the MUD dancing around like with the RR in 2016 until it decides to humiliate it and cancel the election.

  2. This is a badly made argument for not participating. Yes, the government will do what it wants, but why should that mean we don’t participate anyway and make it harder for them? Yes, the streets and protest are important, but why should that mean that the elections aren’t, too? Don’t you think we should be fighting in all available battlegrounds? I don’t know if participating is the best thing, but this article doesn’t deal with any of this and just goes straight into bashing Ramos Allup, and not for the right reasons (like his idiotic way and timing of announcing AD’s participation in the regional elections).

      • Exactly. I can’t but feel a hopeless situation, but there is this: you’ll lose all gained in the foreign sphere by participating. Like la esposa loca que grita en la calle porque el esposo le pega, luego viene uno a pegarle al esposo y la esposa lo defiende y vuelve con el. Something like that.

      • No… not if you do it smart.

        HRA is a rat, a disgusting rat, after leaving the presidency of the AN, he has lost his thunder because he is important nowhere. So he started campaigning (for months he has been touring Venezuela) and then he dropped that bomb. He was campaigning for governor

        Anyway, what should have been done is simple:

        “We will not give them any room to giggle, we will fight them in ANY battle, unfair as it may be. We are not running because we believe in the CNE, we are running to make them cheat, to make them sweat!. We do NOT believe in the CNE, but we have to register for the regionals now. And who knows, maybe when the time comes, we’ll have another CNE, if not, we will make them pay dearly for cheating their way out of them”

        • Primer mensaje que leo que me hace ver las cosas de una manera un poco diferente. “Dar la pelea en cualquier batalla, incluso si es en desventaja”; creo que este debería ser el mensaje en conjunto de la MUD para tratar de animar a los que cada día perdemos más la esperanza (como yo). Gracias engoa.

    • This would be a distraction, it also takes resources and focus out of our primary goal.
      There is urgency when people now are dying or in jail, we need to destroy the regime ASAP and we can’t lose the momentum and attention that this crisis currently has around the world.
      In time people abroad develop Venezuelan crisis fatigue and we lose mind share and importance as the regime consolidate itself as the new normal. Or other crises could take precedence. Time is on Maduros side.

      So hell NO NO and NO anyway you look at it.

      Many people new to this crisis might be underestimating Maduro regime.
      They won’t leave peacefully, we need to force them out and elections would be a waste of time and resources.

      • Once again, you are 100% correct.

        These people will not, let me say it again: WILL NOT, leave power by means of an election. The ANC will render governors (or the ones they so decide) powerless, so knock yourself out winning those elections.

        I wonder what Quico’s go-forward strategy is once he is done licking his wounds.

    • Alexander, there is a reason why armies don’t fight in “all available battlegrounds “, why companies don’t compete in all possible markets, or why good politicians pick and choose their battles. Because if they didn’t they would loose in all of them. People seem to forget that all possible alternatives require time and capital (both monetary and political). Even if the opposition had great resources (it has very little actually) it would be foolish to assume that they can pursue all option without incurring a very high cost.

      They need to pursue that strategy that has the best chances of succeeding. I personally, seriously doubt that regional elections will yield a regime change. Not in the short nor the long term.

      In any case, those politicians that say “we will participate in the regional elections while at the same time keeping the street hot” clearly need a refreshment on the concept of “trade-offs”

    • Alexander, there is a reason why armies don’t fight in “all available battlegrounds “, why companies don’t compete in all possible markets, or why good politicians pick and choose their battles. Because if they didn’t they would loose in all of them. People seem to forget that all possible alternatives require time and capital (both monetary and political). Even if the opposition had great resources (it has very little actually) it would be foolish to assume that they can pursue all option without incurring a very high cost.

      They need to pursue that strategy that has the best chances of succeeding. I personally, seriously doubt that regional elections will yield a regime change. Not in the short nor the long term.

      In any case, those politicians that say “we will participate in the regional elections while at the same time keeping the street hot” clearly need a refreshment on the concept of “trade offs”

    • I agree with Alexander in that the article is poorly written to support its argument. I even go as far as to claim its logic is backwards: it provides more evidence in favor of the opposite of its thesis. Just by reading it, it seems to me it makes more sense for the opposition to participate in regional elections (I’m biased towards this option before this article anyway) and that there’s a chip on the author’s shoulder named HRA -but that’s hardly an argument for or against taking part in the upcoming elections. As far as the debate that’s ensued in the comments, that’s been far more interesting.
      I’ll take the advice of Ortega Diaz: go for the elections and have them canceled; if Borges is out of his comfort zone, it might be time to take the advice so timely offered from the Chavista’s playbook (read the article on the UCAB forum).

  3. Didn’t HRA lead the charge to impeach CAP back in 1993? And, overall, has HRA been helpful or harmful to the opposition? Somebody seems to prefer candidate selection through smoke-filled backrooms instead of giving voice to voters in primary elections, and has pushed for destructive moves by the opposition, I wonder how much of this is HRA’s doing…

  4. Indeed, no serious effort from the opposition and “elections” go forward. Serious effort from the opposition and some excuse to cancel them will be found.

    Either way the opposition is fucked dry once again.

    • Looking at it from the outside of Venezuela, the vote against the “destituyentente” (of democracy) was heard around the world. It was heard as proof that the overwhelming majority of Venezuelans DO NOT WANT Maduro and his regime. By contrast, the vote for the constituyente is well-known to have been rigged, and the numbers reported are well-known to be a fiction, proving that the regime has very little support.

      Toro Volt seems to me to have it right. The point of a vote has been made. There is no need to make it again.

      The issue HRA seems to be assessing is that if the regime is permitted a “walk-through” in regional elections, they consolidate local power and move their chosen police into “authority”. The more opposition people can sustain local authority, the better the lives there will be. Perhaps it is a question of trying to obtain a slightly larger prison cell. The MUD is not an army; it is a coalition of political parties. The MUD does not try to organize armed battalions to overthrow a military dictatorship. It tries to organize votes among the population to restore a democratic process.

      Total bs below here … I don’t know why I do not just delete it.

      As to the article, and as to my opinion of Toro Volt’s and others’ similar opinions: it seems to me, from a “moral outsider” point of view, that if the FAN and GNB and PNB do not get up off their asses and do something, or if some form of forceful opposition is not successful in “motivating” the military alphabet soup, the question won’t be to HRA: “Do you remember Alfaro?” The question will be to the population of Venezuelans and the population of the world: “Do you remember Venezuela?” I am already at that point, of “remembering Venezuela”: recollections of what it used to be under “the Imperialistas”, when you could walk the streets without fear, and the middle class was growing. There are too many “if’s” and “but’s” in the equations. HRA had it right at the outset when he said that what he saw for the future was “la oscuridad”.

  5. Excellent article Jose!!

    This is why everybody is turning away from the MUD and turning to the resistance.

    Yes, this will get more bloody because we have Moles in the MUD–and Henry Ramos Allup is the biggest stinkiest mole. Some politicians are just politicians an think this is business as usual (as you wisely pointed out). However, those who will have to fight for the freedom of Venezuela and who will be the majority of any new government (if this goes to armed conflict) will never forget HRA and what he did.

    For me HRA is just that guy who can get away with insulting Chavistas and flip them off and spaz out on them. Durring the slag-fest Chavistas just put on their surprised face, when all along they know he is playing ball with them. This is why HRA is where he is, and we can never forget this.

    He needs “a fuerte repudio” soon. Would love to see students confronting HRA like Socoro Hernandez was confronted at the supermarket. Cant wait to see that video.

  6. Dear MUD and AN. We are thankful for doing an incredibly courageous work that brought us closer to victory. Your mission has been a success and is now completed. A new phase of this struggle is upon us which requires a different set of actors and skills. We have now entered the final phase of an Armed Resistance.
    Your can take now a well deserved vacation or join the Armed Resistance if you think you can contribute something in our fight to victory.
    No need to worry about being left out.
    We will call you after the narcoregime is destroyed to help us rebuild the free and democratic Venezuela we all want.

    Sincerely,

    The Venezuelan People.

  7. It’s easy to blame HRA but he is not exclusively in charge.Confronting him in public like they did to Socorro would just feed into the regimes narrative that the opposition is divided (which it is)There is a lot of blame to go around and we are better off trying to work together instead of pointing fingers.You could blame countless others if you want to go that route.

  8. Good arguments. Help me with this, though, please (sincerely). I remember these same arguments last time the oposición abstained and the gov did not even have to cheat. The result was that the world viewed the gov as democratically elected (and they were right…after all they didn’t have to cheat).
    This question I wrestle with: logically if we don’t run and therefore make them able to win without cheating, then the world doesn’t view them as cheaters. Isn’t it better to run and all along state that this bogus but we have no choice, and then prove their cheating…doesn’t that give us better ground than not showing up and then they can win without fraud?
    That’s the devil’s advocate argument in my head that I can’t find the answer to. It is sort of addressed here but not really. Just wondering if anyone else wrestles with that and has a good answer.

    • Kevin, the BIG difference now in 2017 is that the world has realized that the regime is in fact an outright dictatorship with no masks to hide behind anymore so it has lost any legitimacy. From now on no matter how many “elections” they make those will remain illegitimate. There are no spaces to be gain democratically because there is simply no democracy.

  9. And today the pickpockets of the very laughable ANC-gang invaded the National Assembly meeting space and the armed forces disallowed congressmen from reaching the AN. What’s completely absurd is that this was not widespread in the news nor it generated much noise.

    Combine this with the opposition’s stance on regional elections and the conclusion is the MUD has been badly defeated and disarmed with the institutional of the communist ANC and the call to elections.

    But where do you leave the one hundred plus deaths that heed to the opposition’s call?

  10. Video interview from 2003 Oscar Yanez warning us we are facing a Dictatorship yet many people have been using inadequate, insufficient, ineffective democratic tools to fight them since then.
    I can’t believe we are still stuck in this same charade 14 years later !!

    • Thanks for the post, dude.

      Same sheet here in the U.S.. For decades, socialists have made inroads. We are fighting back now that we begin to realize it. This is a very strange world-wide issue. “Mild” socialist countries are failing – the socialist policies and ideologies are failing. Socialism is like the father who never even reprimands his kids, even when they track dirt into the house and feed the dog the family dinner. Free markets and capitalism are not perfect, neither is democracy, but they’re a hell of a lot better, literally, than socialism.

  11. Toro, not everyone is stuck, but there are many who benefit from the distraction and the avoidance of reality.

    In fact this has been the central strategy of the invasion since day one, use Venezuelas resources to further corrupt anyone that may be an obstacle to the looting. “opposition politicians” being only human, and Venezuelans to wit, have a wide grey area in their ethics, and have been bought the same as the “oficialismo” the military, the media and all other actors in the play.

    it is sad to see how precisely the lack of principles allowed for the fall of the nation and its still preventing us from realizing how to rescue it.

    The focus must be on telling the hungry masses who benefits from their misery, and how they stole their present and future from them. If the nationalistic forces manage to make those two points clear, the invaders and the traitors will be their target.

    God bless Venezuela.

  12. “I don’t know what the others will do, AD will go to elections”

    The first ones to break the so fabled unity are guys like HRA, who seems to be living in a different world than the rest of the venezuelans (And that’s leaving out his diva-esque wife Diana D’ Agostino…)

  13. I believe participation in ANYTHING the government does is to legitimize a totally rogue and dictatorial regime. Why not boycott the whole thing – every election, every law, every edict. We all know damn well that if any opposition gets voted into power, that power will be nullified through government shenanigans because they acknowledge no power but their own. Period. Running for fake elections is playing into the Devil’s hands.

    From my vantage here in Zurich – granted a long ways away from CCS – it seems that the opposition is incapable of unseating the Chavistas because they are still willing to play their game. Astonishing, really. Looking increasingly doubtful that the Chavistas will fall by anything but their own hands.

    As Volt and others have said, so long as any oil money is trickling in, the Chavistas will muddle along for a good while longer because the opposition lacks the willingness to take risks. No one inside or outside the country is willing to take a bold step – except the Chavistas. Stupid, maybe, but in the game of power – and that’s what this is all about – the Chavistas make MUD look like chickenshit little kids. The Chavistas have all the fire, the commitment, but none of the wherewithal to run a country in 2017. Maybe MUD has the wherewithal, but none of the required backbone and gumption to confront a bully. They seem utterly fearful, ununited, and flustered.

    Seems like either the US and others crush the revolution through oil sanctions etc., or we wait till the Chavistas simply run out of money. MUD is looking increasingly irrelevant. For all their bumbling and fiscal irresponsibility, the Chavistas are making MUD like downright silly. Too bad the pueblo has to suffer so horribly in the process.

  14. I’ve read many people giving good, reasoned arguments about why going to the regional elections is a good idea. I, for my side, dont think it is, and have also what I consider good arguments for not going to them.

    Problem is, doing any of those options TOGETHER would be much better than this.

    Is high time the MUD stops with this stupidity. Get a firm PUBLIC compromise, SWEAR in front of Venezuela that you will have your discussions and your meetings and your internal process for stuff, but you will always do everything TOGETHER. That there will be plenty of time for inter-pary competition once there is democracy, but right now, doing something not that good together is much better than this.

    How many times do the MUD have to kill the momentum and get the people to abandon them to realize is high time for ONE SINGLE COMMAND?

  15. MUD tried not participating in the ANC? What happened? The govt went ahead and packed the ANC with all its supporters.

    The argument that if MUD wins the govt will neutralize it like what it did to the AN is a weak one. Yes, the ANC will be neutralized if MUD won a majority but do you prefer to have a neutered ANC or a govt packed ANC with the power to do anything it wants to establish a dictatorship?

    I see MUD as having no choice. Participate or give the regime an easy ride.

    • Different stuff. The ANC, from being called into being to the nature of the election, was poisoned. It would have been validating Maduro right to call that abomination. It would be validating their idea that you can elect a all-powerful body.

      Regional elections are part of the “normal” democracy that is no longer there, so I can understand the idea of participating in them… if it wasnt clear right now that it is all a fraud. You cant go to an election with Tibisay running the show after the 8 million thing. And well, is not like they are letting you run for office in half the country.

    • Exactly. In any space where you can provide friction against the regime you should excercise your right to be there. Make them neuter or eliminate the governorships. Don’t simply GIVE them the governorships.

  16. Damn it! I don’t want to be disrespectful, but saying that the opposition shouldn’t participate in regional elections is really duuuuuuuumb!!

    There are many reasons the opposition should participate. I don’t have time right now to write about them all, so I’ll just mention one: If the opposition doesn’t participate in regional elections, it will lose every single ounce of international support it has amassed so far.

    The regional elections are not like the election of the ANC. The regional elections are regular elections, and even if the government will do everything it takes to make invisible or to obliterate any opposition victory in that (any) election, the opposition has to participate. Otherwise, it’ll be seen as not wanting to play the democratic game.

    Just think of this analogy: Suppose one day Venezuela reaches the final of the Fifa world cup against, say, Italy. Suppose we know that Fifa doesn’t want Venezuela to win, and has already appointed a sold out referee that will show te red card to our best players for no reason, annul goals when we rightfully score them, and concede goals to Italy when they are in off side. We know this because this is what has happened in all matches previous to final, which Venezuela somehow managed to survive, and Fifa officials haven’t even hidden their dislike towards Venezuela. What should Venezuela do? Play the final and let the whole world see what a bunch of corrupt bastards are those guys in Fifa? Or just forfeit and let the whole world think that we are a bunch of whiners?

    You have to force chavismo to have to do nasty things in order to stay in power. That doesn’t make them stronger, it makes them weaker. Let them get deeper and deeper into their own shit. Otherwise, you are just making things all too easy for them.

    Would we have the resistance movement we have now if the opposition had chosen not to participate in the 2015 parliamentary elections?

    • The problem with that is that the election is going to be run by Tibisay “8 million” Lucena. And a lot of parties are barred from participation because the chavistas say so. And you have the current offensive against the also normally and democratically elected mayors.

      Given all that, I think the time for participating in elections run by the CNE is over, and the MUD should seriously consider their role now is to coordinate civil disobedience to the point of total ungobernability.

      But, again, I can understand also your arguments. What depresses me is that nobody in the opposition seems to have realized that acting as a block in any of the two possible courses of action was more important than what of the two roads to take.

  17. Getashrink, here is the bottom line:

    When the MUD should have been going for the jugular and talking election fraud on 30J all of sudden this prick Henry Ramos Allup comes out and changes the topic to submitting candidates in an election run by the same corrupt CNE.

    Power today is controlling the narrative, and I what HRA did was to change the narrative and split the opposition. That is something we cannot forget nor forgive.

    There was no need to bring this up now. Furthermore, as we know in Venezuela, deadlines don’t mean shit. Look at the debacle of the 100bsf note.

    A better stance would be: Chavistas de mierda, if you want us to participate in this election (which will give you legitimacy you do not deserve), we need to clean house in CNE and replace everybody with nonpartisan career bureaucrats, not partisan hacks who have been compromised. Once the path to free and fair elections is secured, then lets go ahead with this. Thus the discussion should not be submitting candidates, but cleaning house in the CNE.

    However an entire week has been wasted when we literally had this was literally handed to us on a silver platter. What happened on 30J and 16J has not been capitalized on by these politicians one bit. That is why we have had it with the MUD and why everybody knows the only hope now is the resistance, the gringos and the international community.

    As for your sports metaphor, here is a better one: we are sick and tired of being the Washington Generals vs the Harlem Globetrotters. It is all show, and now we know it beyond any doubt. The only option left now is a good ole bench clearing brawl, because we know that if we play by their rules we are doomed to the same results.

  18. You cannot simultaneously condemn the CNE and not recognize their legitimacy, while at the same time playing their game. The very act of entering candidates legitimizes the process. Huge mistake. The dinosaurs of the Fourth just can’t seem to get this. They do not understand that the game has changed. Once you declare yourself “in rebellion”, you must act accordingly.

    • You don’t legitimize the cheating and unfairness by participating, you highlight their ugliness. By not participating you actually help CNE by saving it from having to show its ugly hand and allow regime goons to win by default.

      • The problem is that HRA and the AD candidates aren’t going to participate to “show how cheaters are the cñe garbage”, they’re doing that because they “won’t abandon the spaces”

        They’re making it look as if they’re starving for a stupid and meaningless mayor office instead of doing so as an action to overthrow the regime, that’s what’s so infuriating about this whole thing.

  19. Jose, excellent article/observations, same for TV/Juan Largo. Net, net, kiss democracy GOODBYE in Venezuela, at least that which could be saved by Venezuelans–the Military has proved cohesive, no one followed the Paramacay mini-rebellion; the MUD Oppo virtually has thrown in the towel, led by HRA, quickly followed by Rosales/Falcon/even Guevara, with UNBELIEVABLE timing, legitimizing the ANC (by reflection the CNE) (the epitaph was tragically illustrated photographcally by HRA sitting on the steps of the AN legislative building talking to a handful of Oppo delegates after the ANC forcibly took over the building to “legislate” and kicked the lawfully-elected Oppo delegates out); the Oppo going to clearly-rigged, sure-loser Regionals has killed the street, as seen in yesterday’s PATHETIC non-turnout to “trancar” the country for 6-8 hours, and the street was the Oppo’s only real victory since they bungled/threw away 2002/the 2015 AN election–so much for 130 mostly dead youths who died in vain. The U,S. is preparing more individual Venezuelan transgressor sanctions, which will NOT tumble the Regime, which, as mentioned by some, still has enough oil income/oil saleable assets/help from friends to muddle along, as they further destroy what’s left of Oppo (mainly dwindling middle class) resistance, and consolidate their Communist control over the Petro-State peon Pueblo. The U. S., by not doing anything decisive with economic sanctions in the near-term, will have to face a much larger Hemispheric security problem with force in the mid- to longer-term….

    • I still don’t believe the regime has anywhere near the foreign reserves that is being officially reported.
      About half of the oil produced either goes to pay debt, goes to Cuba or is sold at a loss in the country. There is additional amounts going to other Caribbean countries, but I don’t know those figures.
      This basically doubles the lift costs for the oil that is sold. For every barrel sold, two barrels have been produced.
      An article in Market Watch claims that the lift costs for venezuelan oil were $27.62 per barrel in 2016.

      http://www.marketwatch.com/story/venezuelan-oil-production-may-tumble-20-by-the-end-of-2017-2017-03-02

      Venezuelan heavy crude sells for about $10 less per barrel than WTI.
      If 2 million barrels per day are generating $55 million in lift costs, and you are selling 1 million barrels per day at $40 million, this is a completely unsustainable operation. Even if oil shipments to repay debt were suspended, the declining production would still not leave much money to go into the government’s coffers.
      As it now stands the oil infrastructure will be running a deficit as long as the oil for debt payments continue.

      The lack of transparency at PDVSA makes accurate figures nearly impossible. It looks like the oil infrastructure is due to crash.

      The regime’s only hope will be if Russia or China were to invest heavily in the oil infrastructure. This whole house of cards has been fueled by debt that has no way off being repaid in the near future. I have hope that there will soon be no money to pay the military. The US doesn’t need to sanction the oil sector. It should collapse without any extra help.

  20. Great article, thank you.

    And I agree. Either there is a democracy in which we do elections, or there isn’t, and we’ve set the world of fire to say it isn’t. We can’t just take that back. All HRA wants is a cape to be the hero all hy himself.

  21. This is such a disgusting action.
    First Falcon now Allup playing right into Maduro’s hand.
    Divide and conquer. Their desire for political power is stronger than their desire for democracy. This is a betrayal to every victim of this regime.
    How these people think they can maintain any semblance of credibility when they opt to participate in a system that they have openly condemned as being fraudulent and illegal is incomprehensible.
    If I was in a poker game and lost because the cards were marked. I wouldn’t come back and try to win my money back in another poker game with the same people and the same marked cards. I definitely wouldn’t try to bring other people into the same game.
    The elections have been a fraud. The CNE with the support of a complicit TSJ will continue their fraudulent ways. Any participation in this process gives the appearance of accepting this rigged process.
    Why expend any money and energy into an election that the outcome can be ignored or for a position that the TSJ can dismiss you from on a whim?
    The opposition won the National Assembly. That is recognized as the only legitimate democratic representation in the country. These actions simply muddy the waters.
    I have been critical of the MUD politicians in the past. I accused them of putting their own political aspirations before the people and the country. They are politicians speaking for the opposition to the criminal regime, while jockeying for power at the same time. Instead, patriots are desperately needed to lead a rebellion and free the Venezuelan people from the Cuban hostage takers that threaten their very existence.
    The elections that are to be held and the results of those elections are poison fruits from the poison tree of the ANC.
    John Adams and Thomas Jefferson became bitter political rivals after the founding of the United States. They stood shoulder to shoulder in their opposition to British rule before independence.
    I have counseled people that have had differences with individuals in the MUD and expressed reservations about following their lead. My counsel has always been that there will be a time for open political debate and dissenting views AFTER democracy and the rule of law are restored to Venezuela.
    For a short while I was impressed with the opposition politicians coming together and speaking with one voice for the benefit of the oppressed people of Venezuela. I happily admitted that I may have been wrong about them and their motives.
    Sadly my first instincts regarding their intentions is turning out to be correct.

  22. I wonder what does Leopoldo Lopez think of this. Would the Harvard man participate in this crap?

    If so, MCM for president, perhaps in 2030, or 2040, when the Chavista Narco-Kleptocracy might finally be overthrown by brute force.

  23. ” Tibisay Lucena‏ @tibisay_lucena 13h13 hours ago

    #CNE En el caso del partido (MUD) deberá abstenerse de inscribir candidaturas en Zulia, Apure, Monagas, Bolívar, Trujillo, Aragua y Carabobo.”

    Nice tweet from the Kunt! Way to go Henry, wewon!!

  24. I can understand the view that refusing to play along with a totally rigged electoral process will be conceding power in some cases, but I have to wonder what really gets accomplished in the long run. Or even over the short course. Seems increasingly clear that MUD, as it now sands, is totally overmatched by the Chavistas for several basic reasons. First, and most obvious is that no matter how high-minded and principled, MUD is no match for a totally unprincipled foe who will do anything, including murder, to remain in power. Seems like until that time that SOME opposition is willing to match the Chavistas in boldness and conviction, they will simply keep steamrolling over those merely talking a fine game but unwilling to go all-in. At this point the Chavistas are all-in. Nobody is going to talk them off the throne.

    • Guevara is an imbecile that doesn’t deserve to lead protests of anybody anymore. People sure don’t feel like following Allup’s little boy toy anymore. If the MUD cooperates with the regime, then is obvious to assume that all protests, ALL PROTESTS called by the MUD are regime ambushes in order to capture Resistance leaders. They want “peace” over our graves.

      New leadership will surge, that will eclipse the MUD. But the month is young, is been barely 10 days since the ANC. A lot of things will happen.

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