Hugo Chávez and his rhetoric of hatred and chaos
By Romulo Ortíz
18.08.06 | Hugo Chávez and Manuel Rosales gave their first official speeches as candidates for the presidency last week; I thought it would be interesting to revisit what Hugo Chávez said and analyze its value from the perspective of an undecided/confused voter (assuming there is such a thing).
“…The oppositionist candidates represent the counter-revolution, the North
This revolution brought us social hatred, fascism, further erosion of our democratic institutions down to the point of complete irrelevance, abject poverty, decline of most economic indicators, destruction of whatever little industrial capacity we had and it subordinated our future and surrender our national sovereignty to the rogue Cuban regime, it sounds to me that being labeled a counter-revolutionary is downright patriotic these days.
“…If any of the oppositionist candidates were to win, they would start off by doing what [former president Pedro] Carmona did, abolish the Bolivarian constitution…”
Isn’t it increasingly obvious that once Hugo Chávez clinches a new 6-year presidential term; his administration, wielding full control of the legislature, will either amend or re-write the constitution? He aims to introduce changes that go from adding “socialist” as yet another adjective to our country’s name to limiting or completely getting rid of the concept of private property and allowing infinite re-elections.
“… All of the oppositionist candidates endorse the same project that had been applied here for a long time: a 4th republican, capitalistic and social-liberal project. All the candidates I have heard so far follow those master lines; they all defend capitalism, social-liberalism, the Washington consensus and the International Monetary Fund, they simply don’t have the courage to admit it…”
Manuel Rosales presented as one of its pivotal proposals the distribution of the oil wealth as dividends through the use of debit cards, an obvious re-make of Teodoro Petkoff’s Cesta Ticket Petrolero, he promised to build decent residential solutions at a much faster pace, invest the money Hugo Chávez spends on militaristic purchases in the betterment of the people, a comprehensive plan to fight crime and to better the misiones social plans, why is any of this capitalistic and social-liberal?
“… I will continue to develop the country, eight years ago Venezuela was in steep decline, and it had been looted and was kneeling before the empire, how much have things changed in eight years!…”
The Venezuelan economy dances, for better or worse, to the rhythm of the international oil markets. It is interesting to see PDVSA’s performance during the last 4th republican years leading to the 2002-2003 collapse under Hugo Chávez.
“…those who vote for me on December 3rd know who they are voting for, I have been president for 7 years and I have never lied to anyone. I have always
Do any of you remember hearing him say on his ‘98 campaign that he would eliminate private property? Repress dissidence with fascist tools such as Maisanta software and Tascón list? Politicize education? Give away 16 billion dollars in foreign aid and donations? Shrinking our industrial apparatus from 11,000 companies registered in ’98 to slightly over 4,000 in ’06? Obliterate PDVSA?
“…the oppositionist candidates all together account for about 20% of the preferences against 70% of support for my candidacy”
I would like to see his scientific method and polling sources, perhaps the heavily discredited North American Opinion Research? Or maybe this comes straight from the all-knowing Vice-president José Vicente Rangel who always produces the most interesting numbers to validate his excesses?
“…Although nothing prevents me from doing cadenas, I have decided not to do them on the upcoming months leading to the election because it would be abusive and set the wrong example…”
Cadenas are as a general rule abusive in nature, it is not a favor or special consideration to us that he will keep their frequency and length to a minimum; it is downright common sense!
“…Aló, presidente will remain on air, but I will not use it for campaigning purposes, it will be a point of contact with the people in promoting the government’s achievements…”
How is the active promotion of the government’s achievements by a president-candidate not a tacit promotion of his candidacy?
“…My campaign will be frugal and I guarantee that you will not see an avalanche of publicity ads…”
In light of the board of elections’ recent decision to not limit the publicity expenses on the upcoming presidential campaign. I harbor no doubts that Manuel Rosales has an uphill battle ahead of him.
“…If the oppositionist candidates that are currently registering [before the electoral board], start to say in October, following the imperial plans and in
Is this the proper behavior for a head of state? I think it’s pointless to comment on this subject, if you truly believe that Hugo Chávez’ threats are OK and within the rules of democratic play, then nothing I say can convince you otherwise. It’s THAT black-and-white
“… Do not withdraw from the race because you will regret it. I hope you are loyal to the revolution and its followers…”
More of the same, does he think he is scaring anyone?
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