December 07, 2015

The "socialist bullies" lost, but what's next for Venezuela?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

For the first time in more than a decade, a Venezuelan election wasn’t rigged, and the socialist bullies lost.

Hugo Chavez was Venezuela’s strongman until he died two years ago; then his mini-me, Nicolas Maduro, took over. He’s a bully too; crushing media (and comedians) that oppose him; jailing opposition leaders.

Flat-out nuts, like when he said he spoke to birds, who told him what the dead Chavez was saying.

So now the opposition has won an outright majority in their national assembly.

Maduro is still the commandante, though — he can’t be impeached for months, and it’s a real question whether he’ll go peacefully. Chavez himself staged a coup.

If Stephen Harper were prime minister, I’m pretty sure he’d have issued a congratulatory statement to the democrats, the freedom fighters, the people of Venezuela.

But we’ve got Justin Trudeau as our leader. He likes “basic dictatorships."

Yeah, he’ll probably send a letter of commiseration to Maduro.

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commented 2015-12-07 20:55:14 -0500
Conditions Canada will be facing in 4 years or less complete with the rigged elections and “basic dictatorship”!
commented 2015-12-07 18:28:13 -0500
For anyone here to praise Chavez is beyond insane. The man oppressed the freedom of speech and ran his country like his own little fiefdom. And yes, he thumbed his nose at America. For anyone with any understanding that is the right out of the dictatorship playbook. Always make your nations’ enemy someone else. Keep their focus away from your wrongs.
commented 2015-12-07 16:35:02 -0500
2014 / 2105—— UK election – turn to the right, Israel election – remains right, Venezuela- first step in becoming right… Poland elected right, France (yesterday)- starting on the right track, etc, etc, etc…. all the world is tired of the empty promises (lies) of the left….. but Canada?? What are we thinking?? Do you miss Harper yet?? If not, just wait… most people realize after a while that they were lied to.. some take longer than others.
commented 2015-12-07 16:26:25 -0500
As if he’ll write the letter himself. What has Justin done or said of significance, that wasn’t initiated by his advisors?
commented 2015-12-07 16:19:08 -0500
I was always a fan of what Chavez was trying to achieve with the Bolivarian Revolution and had great hopes for Maduro. From what I learned years ago was that the press was owned by wealthy elites, the few to really benefit financially before Chavez rose to power. According to the Irish Left Review, “The opposition broadcasters and publications have not just been guilty of telling lies; they have consciously incited violence, repeatedly calling for the overthrow of Venezuela’s government and the murder of its president.”
The US couldn’t wait to get rid of Chavez because he nationalized the oil companies and while he was kidnapped and assuming he’d never see the light of day again, the State Department prematurely rushed to announce his American-backed successor- the president of the Chamber of Commerce. Unfortunately for them, thousands of people thronged into the streets and demanded his return.
Chavez made it possible for hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans to learn to read so they’d understand what their constitutional rights were, and printed some of these rights for them on the back of small packets of rice.
He made arrangements to exchange oil for doctors and nurses from Cuba, and provided some of his people with the first healthcare they ever had in their lives. He set up a programme to help Haiti by building power stations, improving airports, suppling garbage trucks, and providing 14,000 barrels of oil a day, which they could pay for with loans.
This drove the US crazy and in a WikiLeaks cable, Ambassador to Uruguay, Frank Baxter complained:
“It is remarkable that in this current contest we are being outspent by two impoverished countries: Cuba and Venezuela. We offer a small Fulbright program; they offer a thousand medical scholarships. We offer a half dozen brief IV programs to ‘future leaders’; they offer thousands of eye operations to poor people. We offer complex free trade agreements someday; they offer oil at favorable rates today. Perhaps we should not be surprised that Chavez is winning friends and influencing people at our expense.”
Hugo Chavez was an annoying goof and a boor at times and was by no means a perfect person. But he tried to give the Venezuelan people a piece of the pie. Now, I assume that they’ll get almost none.
commented 2015-12-07 15:40:09 -0500
And with the Socialists having all but taken over Canada and their policies putting us on the same track, might I suggest moving to an emerging country?
commented 2015-12-07 14:47:59 -0500
December 7, 2015
Dear Diary;
Even although it’s only Mom and Sophie saying so, I do believe myself that I’m a political genius, just like my BFF BO. Even the hard-core left-wing pinko-commie voting suckers (Gerald calls them true dopes, he’s so funny sometimes) were beginning to talk about all the stuff in the speech from my throne that I forgot (wink, wink) to have mentioned. But Gerald scheduled the speech for Friday, so the dopes will have had all weekend to forget about all the stuff they had been thinking of.
I should ask Gerald to be careful about calling them dopes too much. Some of them may eventually realise that he’s talking about them.
One of my secret lovers, Jimmy Da Silva, may have had his cover blown by one of those upstart Rebels. That’s right, you know who you are Marty Ashfield. I told Gerald what you had written, but all Gerald would do is tap the side of his nose and say “every Cloud has a Silva lining” then he’d laugh. Like I said, Gerald’s funny, but sometimes I don’t get him.
commented 2015-12-07 14:24:43 -0500
Don Craig – and the other living son makes propaganda films for Iran.
commented 2015-12-07 14:12:22 -0500
.. chavez was a trudeau family favourite.. along with the castros, mass murderer che, the ayatollahs and of course the vichy french fascists……a socialism is being rejected around the world, brainwashed canadians, the me first and the gimme gimmes, have pulled us into a fools utopia..
commented 2015-12-07 13:59:22 -0500
American oil companies will move back in to Venezuela and take over the country again and operate the oil business in their own interest (which will put people back to work).

Agribusiness will do same.

The country will get put back together again until the socialists wreck it again.

This is terrible news for Alberta.
commented 2015-12-07 13:53:54 -0500
Donald Allan – I don’t think it will be a peaceful transition at all.
commented 2015-12-07 13:50:22 -0500
Do you think all the Cuban military “advisors” and the Iranian Intelligence people that have been residing at the top echelons of the Maduro government are going to allow a peaceful transition to a democratically elected opposition? I’m very sceptical .