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Yesterday, I was trying to catch up on my Caracas Chronicles reading and I came across a Vz on the Web written by Quico on the remarkable job done by our own Mr. Hernández on The New York Times.

Since this was a Vz on the Web, I didn’t expect to find anything that would upset me. I did struggle to make sense of the piece’s title, but decided to keep on reading. Quico’s kind words to Mr. Hernández were heartfelt and for a second there, I thought this was going to be a celebratory post in which we would catch a glimpse of Quico’s warm and fuzzy side. A tiny, epileptic, movie-like tear was almost at the verge of my tear duct when a wild, unsolicited very much annoying mood killer paragraph appeared.

It read:

“Maybe if the Falcón campaign had focused its resources on mobilizing enough people early in the day to generate lines outside key, highly visible voting centers, people like Carlos would have seen them and thought “hey, the boycott failed, let’s vote!” They’d have gotten in line because there was a line — and they would’ve made it longer, enticing yet more people, in a self-reinforcing cycle.”

Why, Q, why did you have to go and ruin it?

I have a great deal of appreciation for Quico. He’s a brilliant writer; for all intents and purposes, I consider him a mentor and someone to look up to. But from day one, I strongly disagreed with his views on this election. Of course he’s entitled to an opinion, but so am I.

I’ll start with the obvious: “Maybe if the Falcón campaign had focused its resources on mobilizing enough people…”

The Falcón campaign was so crappy that it didn’t have people to mobilize in the first place. The few who did vote for Falcón didn’t do it because of the guy’s charisma, they did it because they saw no other choice, because they thought something other than staying at home had to be done, they did it because they wanted to beat Maduro. Not because Falcón was, like, super smart and popular and all those things a presidential candidate should be.

The Falcón campaign was so crappy that it didn’t have people to mobilize in the first place.

Quico also assumes that people abstained to be part of a bigger scheme. While I don’t deny some didn’t vote because of the opposition’s crippled call to stay home, I believe most people refrained because they’d rather eat dirt than give any of the candidates a chance. Can you really blame them?

What bothers me about Quico’s analysis is its overly simplistic nature. Saying that if Falcón had somehow mobilized people early in the day it would have made more people think “Oh boy, the boycott failed” and, therefore, made them vote, sounds more like the description of a mosquito life cycle than an actual strategy.

But let’s say you’re right. Would it have made a difference? No.

Falcón isn’t fit to defend anything but his personal interests, so in the case of an eventual Andrés-Velázquez-scenario, I doubt he has the will or muscle to claim victory. To me, he didn’t want to win at all. Had he intended to, or actually wanted to do good for the country, he wouldn’t have ran in the first place.

To prove my point: Falcón himself, on election night, rejected the results arguing that “there were no elections at all” and the day was “full of abuse and wrongdoings.” So, the guy who worked as Capriles’ campaign manager woke up in the middle of Venezuela and found out this is a dictatorship just now? Seriously? This guy expects us to believe he was oblivious to Tiby’s wizarding I-make-votes-appear-and-disappear-at-will skills?

So, the guy who worked as Capriles’ campaign manager woke up in the middle of Venezuela and found out this is a dictatorship just now? Seriously?

People didn’t vote for Falcón because he was a lousy-ass candidate and nobody felt like taking part in a lousy Broadway show where the fat lady sings very late and a baranda has a solo act. There’s no point in making excuses for the guy, he brought this on himself.

The first thing you ask when investing money is, “What’s the guarantee on this?” Falcón had no strategy in case people invested their vote in him and something went wrong. So people didn’t buy his shit. Simple as that.

When Quico posted this other piece, I was advised not to read it, as it might increase my blood pressure levels (I’m a very opinionated and sensitive person, and living in this country has been detrimental to my cardiovascular system). Against my own medical advice, I did, and now that I’m at it, I will share some more thoughts:

Boss, you know I love you, but there is no goat and there is no rope. It’s naive to believe that this dictatorship can be overthrown with elections, or that some sort of magical transition will take place if the planets align. Time to wrap our minds around it.

Falcón knew what he was doing. I don’t think he was prepared for the catastrophic results, but he knew the conditions for the election, he knew the process wouldn’t be recognized by the international community, he knew he wasn’t popular, he knew he didn’t have support from the rest of the opposition.

Still, he ran. How is that not fishy to you?

Please, wake up and smell the communism. Better candidates have tried and failed; this is a ruthless, merciless dictatorship, a power hungry machine that feeds off of people’s sorrows and grief. Remember the AN election we won? Remember the Referendum we won? And where are we now?

People do remember.

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  1. Amen, Astrid. These are exactly my thoughts on the current situation. As a long time CC reader I couldn’t believe my eyes when Quico approved Falcon’s candidacy just because it proposed “something”. I mean, after all we’ve been through as a country, to fall for this…. por favor.

  2. I think that people didn’t vote for exactly the reason that the MUD boycotted the election: They knew it was fraudulent from the start and didn’t want to lend it legitimacy by participating. Why do we need to analyse it further than that? Occam’s Razor

  3. This is a very insightful article. It is possible that Falcon has a lower approval rating than Maduro.
    He is either an idiot or a tool of the regime (possibly both). Falcon exemplifies the worst qualities a politician can have.
    Democracy allows you to choose not to participate. This is the choice that the overwhelming majority of eligible voters decided. It was the only logical response to a rigged electoral system that determined the winner in advance. This is much different from the voter apathy that is displayed in many developed democracies. Boycotting the elections was an action of resistance against the regime.
    The boycott was heard round the world. 9 countries have recognized Maduro’s ‘election victory’. Of those 9, only Turkey has offered any material support.
    Regardless of the “official tally”, the regime knows how little support they have. The need to buy votes from starving people with promises of food and almost worthless currency reinforces that they realize there is very little support for the regime.

  4. Even if Maria Corina, or Jesus Christ had won the election the dictatorship would still be there. <— Period

  5. I think word got out that all the candidates were all just one big happy family (literally!). All of them just peas in the same pod. There was never any choice and people don’t like being made fools of.

  6. The last paragraph is the buried lede.

    Chavismo has systematically rendered elections pointless, at least as far back as the “shitty victory” against the 2007 the Cubanizing constitution, which was ignored and subverted as a practical matter.

    It got worse after the AN elections in 2015 with the ruling against the Amazonian deputies, followed by the February 2016 unconstitutional State of Exception and Emergency, and then the formal sidelining of the AN. There was the fraud in the Constituyente election, followed by the fraud in local elections, and the refusal to seat winners unless they swore fealty to the Constituyente. Plus, non-chavista “opposition” politicians who swore fealty to the Constituyente nevertheless had their powers usurped by chavista “protectors.”

    Falcon did not run against that system. He ran within it. Voting against chavismo is pointless and that message has been understood.

    • In fact Chavismo started rendering elections pointless when Chavez nominated a gauleiter to supervise/counter/replace an elected opposition official, governor or mayor. When was that first time? Can’t remember, someone help please. Thanks.

  7. Vote in an election called by an unconstitutional body, okayed by a criminal TSJ and controlled by a corrupt CNE. How did this ever sound like a good idea?

    Good article Astrid.

  8. Does it matter why people didn’t vote? The reasons could be myriad, some because the candidates were awful, some because they figuted out no one else was and some because it truly didn’t matter. The bottom line and the only significant fact is that Maduro with the resources of the entire nation at his disposal to blandish voters couldnt produce the turnout he needed. Many of us take umbrage at Quico but in addition to his prodigious writing skills he manages to provide us a diverse set of views on Venezuela. He clings to the hope that elections are the way out of a dictatorship which seems fanciful but I think his real bottom line is that he is in favor of anything that will avoid the carnage of violence and I will not blame him for that. You have done a great job with CC Quico.

  9. There is something seriously wrong with your motives if you vote for Maduro , you are either an emotionally blinded fanatic or a masochists or you are full of fear that the few hand outs on which your life depends will be taken from you if you dont vote for him or there is some personal benefit which you get from being connected to his regime , if you are not among the former then you heartily and passionately wish to see him gone which brings you to consider two options , one either you know from experience that the regime is crooked and will always use its control over institutions to defraud the results of any honest polling so that casting a vote makes no practical sense , or you think that just maybe there is a tiny margin in the polling procedure that might allow someone other than Maduro to be elected despite all you know about the crooked character of the regime , in the latter case you may cast your vote for an alternative candidate , that isnt maduro as a kind of desperate gamble that somehow he might win , the candidate’s best quality is that he isnt maduro ……even if you are not that much beguiled by his promises or character , this explains why people voted for Falcon , also there is something discomfiting about confronting a adversse situation passively , the impulse is to act , even if down inside you know your act is futile ….had a very smart friend long time ago , who was manager at a big company and sometimes he found himself facing problems he couldnt solve , to my surprise in those situations was to bombard the company with orders that went arround the issue even if they didnt resolve it as if he found some consolation in acting however uselessly ……as a way of venting his frustration ……. Maybe many people who voted for Falcon suffered from the same impuse my friend did …..
    Now as to why Falcon proposed his election , not sure he expected to win , the odds where heavily stacked against him but by doing so he at least got noticed by part of the voters and took himself apart from the mass of the oppo leaders and positioned himself as a guy that the govt might find useful in the future if the time came when they understood the game was up ( however unlikely the possibility) and wanted someone the could half trust to give him a chance at participating in a transition process which would put his name on top of all other oppo leaders…….he got recognition for future events and gathered all those chavista votes which no longer felt in their hearts to support Maduro …….

  10. Not really because of the candidates. Falcón sucked, but most people would have voted for him if he ended up being the main oppo candidate, and the election had been competitive with enough electoral conditions. But it wasn’t.

    It was because of the fraudulent conditions in which these elections were held that the people didn’t vote. Sure, that the MUD ended up calling for a boycott helped a ton, but the fact is that people are fed up with the CNE. Toro’s post was misguided.

  11. Everything Mr. Toro (aka Quico) has written lately seems to suggest that he believed that Falcon was honestly trying to win this “election”, when we all know very well that all Falcon was trying to do was to help his chavista comrades, by trying to give any semblance of legitimacy to this “elections” (and very likely, also pocketing a large amount of money for doing this). It’s hard to understand how an intelligent person could not realize this, but in the case of Mr. Toro, I have a theory. It turns out that one of the members of Falcon’s campaign was Francisco Rodriguez, a guy Mr. Toro considers his friend, and accepting that Falcon’s campaign was a sham, means accepting that F. Rodriguez knew this and yet, went along with it, something Mr. Toro might find hard to accept, since that would mean his a friend is a utter major leagues mother fucker.

    Wake up, Mr. Toro! Your friend F. Rodriguez is a complete piece of garbage who only cares about his own interests and doesn’t give a fuck about all the suffering going on in Venezuela. I place F. Rodriguez below cockroaches in the tree of life.

      • Investment bankers perform a valuable and important function. You may not be able to see it but those with capital actually assist others when it is deployed/invested.

        This does not mean that F Rod is not an opportunistic fool only that you should not paint with such a broad brush.

    • You should look up the definition of non sequitur, since your comment offers many fine examples.
      While you are at it, I would also suggest that you do some research on the articles and papers published by Rodriguez over the last 14 years. You will find nothing in his actions or writings to suggest that he is anything other than a man of principle and integrity.

      I would not say the same thing about Falcon. Some might think, as I do, that Rodriguez was naive to accept Falcon’s invitation – an invitation no doubt proffered to lend some credibility to Falcon’s campaign – but that is about the worst accusation that can be made against Rodriguez. Epithets like “major league motherfucker”, “cockroach” and “opportunistic fool” seem quite ridiculous.

      • What’s ridiculous is to believe F. Rodriguez was just a complete idiot and didn’t know that Falcon’s candidacy was a sham. Is this what you believe? That F. Rodriguez just didn’t know? Or is it that he might have known, but that doesn’t make him an asshole? Because that would be even more ridiculous.

        And by the way, I know very well what a non sequitur is. It is true, however, that I might have left out a few premises in what I wrote, which I thought were obvious for everyone, but since they weren’t obvious for you, let me dissect step by step the whole thing:

        The first argument I make has the following premises:
        1.- Falcon’s candidacy was a sham, designed only to help the government.
        2.- F. Rodriguez knew this.
        3.- Anyone who knew this, and yet decided to join Falcon’s team, is a mother fucker.
        4.- F. Rodriguez joined Falcon’s team.

        Conclusion: F. Rodriguez is a mother fucker.

        My second argument’s premises are:
        1.- F. Toro considers F. Rodriguez his friend.
        2.- Any person (including Toro) might find it difficult to accept the premises of a valid argument which leads to the conclusion that a friend is a mother fucker.
        3.- My first argument is valid and concludes F. Rodriguez is a mother fucker.

        Conclusion: F. Toro might find it difficult to accept that all of the premises of my first argument are true. In particular, he might find it difficult to accept that Falcon’s candidacy was a sham.

        I started my original post by asserting that, in fact, the kind of things Mr. Toro has written lately seem to indicate he believes Falcon was honestly trying to win these “elections”. My whole argument is just a possible explanation for why this might be so.

        Now, you may claim that my premises are wrong, but that doesn’t make the arguments fallacious. An argument is valid if its conclusion follows from its premises, regardless on whether the premises are true or not.

  12. The problem with Quico, is Quico. I dont trust him as far as i could throw him. A true snake in the grass.
    There is no excuse for not understanding the scenario here, so it then has to be deliberate…….think about that!

  13. BTW i feel for you Astrid.
    But Quico is more insidious than a straight up Chavista, and he has the ability to do more damage than a Chavista.
    And he will.

    • His friendship with FRod was at play in his position on Falcon. Also, his evergreen dream that some day Maduro will surrender power thru elections.

  14. Spot on. I particularly loved:

    “Boss, .. It’s naive to believe that this dictatorship can be overthrown with elections…

    Please, wake up and smell the communism. …this is a ruthless, merciless dictatorship,..feeds off of people’s sorrows and grief”.

    It feeds on the blood of the people and will demand a big bloody payment to be dislodged. Its soul is las Fuerzas Armadas de Ocupacion Bolivarianas, and after 20 years in power even Chavistas can clearly see Chavez miserable project.

    Venezuelan opposition politicians must now understand that grandiose language and elections are but ass wipe material for the gorillas in power. It will needs to build its credibility and admit that Maria Corina’s position which was once regarded as radical is the only option left.

    The opposition leadership must be rebuilt with a confrontational stance which must destabilize the country with marches and strikes, porque no se van a ir por la buenas. The military must realize, like all other Latin-american military that they are unqualified to run a country, let alone communism!

    And make no mistake, the military action is already in action, except that it is not kinetic. It is a sadistic medieval self induced siege which we see in every aspect of Venezuelan domestic life.

    Hat tip to Astrid!

  15. I looked at the “platforms” of the 4 major candidates, and I would have been hard pressed, if blindfolded, to tell the difference between each of them. Though Falcon was dopey enough to suggest the problem with Venezuela is that it needs dollarization to fix the economy… and Maduro would be easy enough to spot with his “guerra económica contra todo un pueblo” mantra.

    You’re right. ALL the candidates sucked. I wouldn’t have voted for any of them to run for dog catcher. But then again, I couldn’t live in Venezuela because of the culture. The middle-America, fly-over country ethic isn’t superior, just different.

  16. Quico will go to his grave crying about the “donas del Cafetal”, no matter how often they’re proved right. The best thing he ever did for CC was letting go of the reins.


        “Sara y Carlos Daniel, nietos de la abuela opositora María Alejandra López, todavía se niegan a aceptar que ella siempre tuvo razón con que escasearía la comida en Venezuela, seríamos gobernados por Cuba y no podríamos salir del país.

        “¡NUNCA!” Exclamó Sara López cuando intentamos que le diera la razón a su abuela. “Tengo que mantener el orgullo. La abuela llevaba 15 años diciéndonos que Chávez era un desastre, que iba a acabar con el país, que iba a desaparecer la comida, que el Gobierno se iba a quedar con todos los medios, que no nos dejarían salir del país y que el cubano se iba a convertir en el idioma oficial – porque según la abue, eso no es español. Puede que alguna de esas cosas sí hayan pasado, pero no puedo darle la razón. Yo siempre me burlé de ella diciéndole que era una loca del Cafetal.”

    • Indeed. That is the best description, a Doña de Cafetal mentality. Mr. Quico is an unorganized mix of Copei youth with staunch 1980 Adeco (the home he grew up).

      This time calls for an elevated discussion. Whomever is still longing for the old Venezuela is absolutely wrong. Mr. Quico unfortunately continues to be isolated from that learning. It is the populist, corrupt and pragmatic culture of the 4th republic that brought us the chavestias…and guess what, that hasn’t changed.

      As long as the opposition continue to combat the 5th with the tools of the 4th we are destined to fail.

      There is huge vacuum of power that has been demonstrated with this last election. The power is obviously for the next guy that understands the errors of the 4th and the 5th while building on the few social successes of Chavez (read incorporating the poor, the isolated and the moderate lefties). I am not a red guy but dismissing the chavestia force is almost equivalent to what Maduro is doing. We cannot move from one dictatorship to another, it doesn’t matter if it is Maduro’s militaristic tricks or the Punto Fijo Pact. something new is require, the third way is the one to follow.

      • “…few social successes of Chavez (read incorporating the poor, the isolated and the moderate lefties)… ”

        Dude, you fell HARD in the chavizta brainwashing.

        There are ZERO positive things or any success in chabizmo outside for the enchufado garbage themselves stuffing their muzzles with stolen dollars and euros.

        • Mostly agreed, except the brainwash part, but we cannot get into the fray by being staunchly upper middle class doña from el Cafetal Caracas oppositionist.

          The major error of the 4th, outside unashamed corruption, was to isolate the poor and run the country as “Los Amos del Valle”. You need to bring the socialists and the province into our side even if that means concessions to certain sectors of the chavistas (call it social justice).

          Of course I do advocate to prosecute all the enchufados and the animals that brought us here. In fact, I propose to do what Israel did with the Nazi criminals, pursue and even kidnap them from whatever country would hold them including Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico and others.

          But you cannot win clean if you don’t get alliances and build bridges with the other side. There is a lesson there that some people still don’t get it.

          • “The major error of the 4th, outside unashamed corruption, was to isolate the poor and run the country as “Los Amos del Valle”.”

            Uhh, nope, the worst error of the 4th was to let the country be contaminated by the communist invaders, the adeco socialists let the poor to squat as many invasions as they wanted and never lifted a finger to kick them out of what become later the slums, just to gain easy political capital.

            The 4th also gained easy political capital by allowing the enchufado economic class to plunder the country’s vaults, provoking the economic crisis of the 80s that eventually led to the disaster in the 90s, disaster that CAP tried to avert and the response from the enchufados who allied with the communists was swift and deadly, it begun with the care’cachazo (A coup staged by the communists) and ended with the defenestration of CAP (The coup staged by the enchufados)

            The worst error of the 4th was to let crime to rule the country, they never did anything against squatters and rural/urban invaders as I pointed above, and the media consistently painted criminals as “poor and misunderstood members of society, victims of the mean doña del cafetal middle classers”; of course, the media were controlled by the enchufados who desperately wanted someone to keep with the same parasitic practices that allowed them to be filthy rich without any actual work and thus found on Chávez their best man for the job.

            There’s not a regime that HATES the poor more than chabizmo, you have to see it for yourself the incredible contempt those bastards have for the poor, of course, they are a regime that’s composed of the criminal detritus of society, what else should we expect?

            Anyway, what’s this ridiculous “doña del cafetal” thing? Ah, yeah, just some strawman insult invented by the chabiztas to blame every single thing on the middle class and discredit everything they said about what chabizmo wanted to do with Venezuela, because of course, the middle class has always been the scapegoat for everything that goes bad in Venezuela, even when middle class was composed 99% of people who was simply working their asses off to make end’s meet.

            But even today there’s people that still wants to “acknowledge” something good from chabizmo, which has absolutely NOTHING AT ALL on its favor; in the end, what the hell did the lefties and communists expect? That people let them to slaughter hundreds of thousands just to impose that gangrene that’s communism? What did “the poor” expect? That the middle class went and gave them everything for free just because they were entilted to it because “el trabajo es pa’ los pendejos” (Work is for the stupid)? That “people shouldn’t have looked at them funny”? What the fuck is wrong with those idiots? Right, most of them didn’t even earned a bit of respect in the first place because many of them were frustrated assholes who thought they could “become rich without work because they deserved it”.

            Another fallacy is that of that the “lefties were left out”, because AD, Copei and basically almost ALL the political class in Venezuela has been in the left since 1958 (And the proof of that is their economic policies and their lax stance on crime), there has never been a right-wing government in Venezuela.

            ** “…concessions to certain sectors of the chavistas (call it social justice) … get alliances and build bridges with the other side.”

            Who are we talking about here? What’s that ridiculous “social justice” thing you’re talking about? What the fuck is that??

            What “certain sector of chavistas” according to you “deserve their social justice”, huh? Luisa Ortega who’s responsible for ALL the political prisoners and ALL the crime waves that crashed the country since she replaced professional framer Isaías Rodríguez? What’s the “justice” they’ll get? To have their crime records erased as if nothing bad ever happened, spitting and defecating in the face of those they attacked by decreeing that “they did nothing wrong”? What fucking twisted, WARPED justice is that?!

            Then what other “sector of the chavistas” are you talking about? The nebulous “popular classes that voted for Chávez in 1998”? JUST WHO THE HELL IS GOING TO DO ANYTHING AGAINST THEM AFTER THIS IS OVER, DUDE? Stop with that thing, NO ONE’S gonna waste their time doing anything to “punish the 1998 vote”, that’s a chabizta LIE, they have ZERO relevance today in the chabizta structure of power, they always have been toilet paper for chabizmo, yesterday, today and tomorrow too.

            The only thing that can be done for Venezuela is a total RUPTURE from the regime, to extirpate it from power, because that’s what should have been done and that was the goal since 2002: To KICK chabizmo out of power because they were (and still are) CRIMINAL SCUM that sold the country to the castrocuban invaders (Just as Catro wanted since 1959)

            They ARE criminals, they ARE murderers, they ARE GARBAGE, there’s absolutely no negociation nor concession possible with them, because you don’t negociate nor concede anything to a serial murderer that wants to kill you and your family and then burn the house after looting everything inside.

        • 100 points for the rant and acknowledgement that I read it line by line.

          We will continue with the discussion but not today…

          By the way Luisa can burn in hell if you are implying that I support the repented chabestias. Same as Baduel and Rodriguez and others. There is no pardon for traitors regardless of the benefits of their betrayal. Particularly Baduel, the rescuer…

  17. Thank you Astrid.. spot on they all SUCK! It’s tough to go up against the boss, you did great. As well as many of the comments made here, one of the best threads in CC recent history. Sure quico wont get it, sigh. Condolences to FRod on not getting the new job, and the tanking of his bonos.. If only henry 2 hadn’t run, maybe there’d be a chance to.. we’ll never know. though at least henry 2’s bank account is looking good today.

    As noted there is no difference in the “platforms” except candidates name. They suck, no future there.

    Not until a new rising star, who has the charisma of LL, with a platform and vision of MCM (because a women could never win an election in Venezuela.. double sigh in caveman gutteral) will el pueblo be led out of the 40 year desert know as chavismo.

  18. Folks, all this debate as to why people voted or not on May 20 sounds to me as inside baseball. We seem to be missing the larger point. The opposition calls for a boycott of the elections because they are fraudulent. So far, so good. But what happens the day after the election? Where were the strategy and the tactics for the post-election scenario? We still have a fraudulent government. Yes, some countries do not recognize the election, but half the world still thinks Maduro won the election. End of story. And I see no evidence that the opposition has done much to show the election was fraudulent, and to move the country forward. Unless oil prices truly plummet soon (which seems unlikely), I see no end to the regime in Venezuela.

    • hgdam – The rising oil prices are in part because Venezueula’s production is drying up. The higher prices will not help the regime, because they wont have any oil to sell. The golden goose is mortally wounded. It’s just that the death is slow (but not that slow – stay tuned).

  19. No one voted on sunday because it was a FRAUD.

    Another FRAUD in the long ass list of FRAUDS that chabizmo has performed to use the “popular will” as a latrine, it goes as far as 2004 when they reversed the recall results to keep the putrid dead in power.

  20. I suggest the upcoming Colombian election might have more bearing on Venezuela’s future than Maduro’s fake election will. Colombians surely realize they will be the country most impacted by the humanitarian disaster shaping up. Will they take real action to prevent it, or just wait and try to deal with it when it comes?

  21. Te quedaste corta, Astrid.

    Hernandez writes “the government has made sure to bar all the good candidates; the ones left are opportunists” as if Capriles or Leopoldo Lopez were any better. Both have pretty much declared they’ll fix the Venezuelan disaster with more Socialism, pero el Socialismo bueno.

    Venezuelans are stuck with a special breed of political “leaders” that are actually a bunch of motherfuckers on the same side of the spectrum fighting for the same clientele. Pretty much like Communism vs Nazism/Fascism, cousins that fought when they were kids and ended up fighting in a war.

    I once regretted that CC, being in English, had not a bigger influence in public opinion. I am now quite glad it doesn’t.

    • Gringo it looks to me like that would be you.

      Hey, is there some other website where angry old white gringo guys with Venezuelan spouses can congregate and explore each others’ feelings of anger, whiteness, and perceived loss of status and entitlement? You know, where they can fantasize about ladies finding them hot and interesting just because they are angry old anonymous gringos surfing the internet? Could someone find that and direct them there?

      I guess I am still nostalgic for the innocent days pre November 2016 when people got crapped on all over here for saying stupid and ignorant things, women sometimes posted comments, people generally didn’t trot out wild conspiracy theories and slander on a regular basis, and most of the people commenting here were vastly better informed about Venezuela than me. Jesus.

    • Why does this need to come up? Does it matter that the authors name is Astrid or Juan Enrique or John Eric? Please try to add to all of our understanding and not detract from it. Thanks in advance.

  22. Astrid:

    A) Falcon’s candidacy was a fraud wrapped within a fraudulent election; everybody knows that, and the forces for world communist domination, emanating from two or three relatively small, pathetic and economically moribund countries on the planet, will not convince any sane person otherwise;

    B) Falcon was a crappy candidate, which the powers that be anticipated based on past performance, hence A);

    C) People often don’t vote because people around them don’t vote.

    D) Your boss is not a chavista co-conspirator, nor did he endorse Falcon, by any reasonable understanding of conspiracy or endorsement, that I am aware.

    E) there are historical precedents for dictators losing their own rigged elections. Not that I was predicting that here, or advocating that people should vote…this time. But the idea is not nuts.

    F) Your differences are resolvable.

    • Falcon who lost his own governors race, had no electoral mandate to run.
      Falcon was and is a member of PSUV.
      Falcon ran after the MUD decision to not recognise the elections as they would be a fraud.
      Falcon showed that he was no longer a supporter of the aspirations of the opposition ergo MUD.
      Falcon was a sleeper for the Chavistas/PSUV.
      Falcon was energized by Maduro as this was deemed the right time to play that card on the table.
      Falcon was used to split the MUD/Opposition and to try to give legitimacy to this fraud, for Maduro.
      Anyone who could not see this was complicit in it.
      Quico supported this arrangement, so he is complicit…..i dont give two fucks as to who he is freinds with!
      The vast majority of the population supported not voting in this sham.
      The vast majority of the population were not morally bankrupt like Quico.
      Come live here canucklehead my little colonial and you would see this picture very clearly.

      The bigger question is why Quico supported Falcon?

  23. Haters gonna hate, I guess.

    Or maybe, Astrid, you are projecting a bias that you and a still-not-very-large-group-of-elitist-intellectuals have on a whole country.

    The way most people saw it, Falcon was a perfectly competent polititian who stole in healthy COPEI amounts, didn’t antagonize the gvt and could get us out of the hole.

    I agree with Quico. And what Quico implies is that people were willing to give it one last shot if it had a slim chance. Not because anybody trusted the CNE, but because we all knew Maduro and co. where testing the waters for a transition on their terms.

    Of course, if lines were empty it was futile. I will grant you that Falcon didn’t arouse any passion that would switch people’s desperado mode on to vote anyway. But then again, that was a plus for chavistas against Maduro, not a minus.

    So, you know, don’t hate the player. Hate the game.

    • “The way most people saw it, Falcon was a perfectly competent polititian… ”

      Actually, most people saw falsón for what he actually was: Another useless chaveco that would be as useful as arias “la triple gallina” cárdenas, useful only to help the regime to keep everything as it is.

      Stop pretending to twist the reality: falsón has even less credibility than any of the other MUD colaborators that work for the regime.

    • “Haters are going to hate” and “Falcon was a perfectly competent politician”

      I got news for you…there are few many million of Venezuelans that think the contrary.

      Falson is a traitor of his own ideas and he is a guabinoso politician. Staunch pragmatic he could have run a completely different campaign hence he is not competent.

      So, you want us to repeat the same old story of voting for the less evil, “the only other choice”. That’s exactly the way we got into this mess. I think you are oversimplifying the issue with “hate”. Falson was not up to the challenge and if he was, he killed the slight chance he had by aligning himself with Memin, a dark (ok no racial connotations here) and forgotten fossil from the 4th republic.

      You think it cold and it is beyond stupid; after the betrayal of AD in the last governors election and the actual hate that Allup and AD in general deservedly got from us the opposition then Falson picks the last “good” Adeco, that was a former presidential candidate that never got real traction and was accused of corruption when he was Caracas Mayor, just to remind us the chaos of the 4th and precisely the reason Chavez came to power the first time… hahaha hohoho… fuck me running!…and you want that decision maker as president god dang! Not sure was is worse, if your assertion that Falson lost because haters or Memin vice-president….lord have mercy of your soul WTF! pardon me LTF!

      Another incompetent running an incompetent campaign against the most incompetent government we ever have had. And that ain’t hate that is just common sense that your pana Falson never had.

      • “Falson is a traitor of his own ideas…”

        No, falsón is a CHABIZTA piece of garbage, and ALL of his actions even before being a candidate for that fraud are the proof.

    • LTF
      Currently you either support the MUD or you dont. There is no political room for doublespeak or personal gain. You will either have unity or you will have Chavismo.
      When even HRA stops his involvement in said election, it shows the gravity of their stance(MUD) with the election being a fraud.
      “Of course, if lines were empty it was futile. I will grant you that” no shit sherlock.
      And with that LTF you answered your own stupid analogy of the situation.
      But then you agree with Quico, ha ha ha.

    • I don’t think you all are yelling quite loud enough to drown out critical thinking.

      Come on boys! Just a tad louder!

      • LTF dont cry into your cornflakes!
        And besides i like your type of “critical thinking” as it reinforces my own, so thank you.

  24. Juego a tres bandas.

    Nothing that happens in the neocolonial of venezuela is left to chance , or improvised IMO. The chess game that venezuela’s politics have become has been played for almost 20 years now in the open, and at least since 1975 covertly.

    My thesis is that big oil always kept a tab on the revolting young republic after CAP I ‘s nationalization.

    We got to cooky for our own good. Managed our resources with effectiveness and somewhat nationalistic bias. Besides the “healthy Copei times graft and corruption” (a great definition btw) PDVSA developed a proffesional clique and an “Expensive” jurisdiction for Big oil.

    The destruction of the nation via the communist invasion and mad dog looting of the chavista years (1992-present) has not bee addressed until now given the refugee/humanitarian crisis has boiled over and the pdvsa collapse is almost total.

    The larger world interest are clashing/ will be clashing now in the taking of the spoils: Colombia and Brazil are paying with refugees the price for their continental expansion/ interests. Guyana hit gold (black gold!) and is now being brought up the steps by the multinationals…

    China, Rusia and EEUU are taking care of the meaty geostrategic issues and parasitic regimes like Cuba, Iran, Nicaragua, Ecuador, K argentina, Lula brazils, FARC/ santos/ Petro Colombia etc. take the carrion.

    I disagree with venezuela being unable to elect a woman. BTW> we are a matriarchal society besides all the macho noise. MCM would make a superb asset in any role, even as president, of a nationalistic reconstruction.

    Thanks Astrid, you are spot on.

  25. Astrid,
    I think that you and Quico are both right in part, but that you are more right than Quico. Some people did hold off making a decision till the last minute, but it is impossible to believe that there were enough to make a difference.

    Imagine a hypothetical situation where the regime did all the same things EXCEPT that it permitted a free selection of opposition candidates. Same lack of election guarantees, but who would have listened to anyone calling for a boycott? A boycott would have been a truly stupid thing to do, even though the same arguments about the legitimacy of the election process could and probebly would have been presented.

    So the fact that Falcon was an untrusted “lousy-assed candidate” really did matter. Who knew?


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