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Bolivarianism v. Fake US Democracy

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It further "guarantees the right to life, work, learning, education, social justice and equality, without discrimination or subordination of any kind; promotes peaceful cooperation among nations and further strengthens Latin American integration in accordance with the principle of nonintervention and national self-determination of the people, the universal and indivisible guarantee of human rights, the democratization of imitational society, nuclear disarmament, ecological balance and environmental resources as the common and inalienable heritage of humanity;"""

Language like this in America is unimaginable in any form. In Venezuela, it's more than words. It's Chavez's commitment to all Venezuelans. It's embodied under nine Title headings and 350 Articles.

It's a first class democratic document. Venezuelans cherish it for good reason. It's little known in the West. Media scoundrels never discuss it.

America is worlds apart. Rule of law justice doesn't exist. Money power decides policy. Police state authority enforces it. Step out of line and taste its viciousness. Mercy isn't in its vocabulary. Nor is assuring right over wrong.

Government of, by, and for privileged elites is policy. So is permanent war. Civil and human rights are non-starters. Increasingly, dissent is criminalized. Fear is generated to check resistance.

Social decay is growing. A culture of violence prevails. Secrecy is intense and increasing. Injustice is tolerated. Media scoundrels operate as thought control gatekeepers.

American society is shameless, corrupted, dysfunctional, broken, and beyond repair.

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Bolivarianism empowers Venezuelans. They freely, fairly, and openly choose presidents, legislators, and local officials in independently monitored elections. America's are farcical by comparison.

Chavez brought real change. US leaders prevent it. Institutionalized  inequality is policy. So is harshness for non-believers. 

Before Chavez was first elected, Venezuelan officials only paid lip service to basic rights and needs. Now they're constitutionally mandated. Universal healthcare, education, housing, employment, indigenous rights, subsidized essentials, and human dignity are enforced, funded and institutionalized.

Article 58 prohibits censorship. It mandates "timely, true, and impartial" information. These notions are verboten in America. Propaganda substitutes for truth and full disclosure.

As a result, most Americans are misinformed and out of touch. They know little about what matters most. They know what policy makers tell them. What they most need to know is suppressed.

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Venezuelan law mandates participatory democracy. It's fundamental policy. It's unheard of in America. So is real democratic governance. Illusion substitutes for reality.

Americans are effectively disenfranchised. Venezuelans have people power. They get to decide how they're led and by whom. 

On October 7, they'll choose. On November 6, Americans won't have that right. No wonder half the electorate opts out. Why bother voting under a system without choice.

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