Bolivarianism v. Fake US Democracy
Venezuelans get the real thing. Americans get shafted.
by Stephen Lendman
On October 7, Venezuelans go to the polls. Expect Chavez reelected again overwhelmingly. Expect the freest, most open and fair electoral process in the Americas. Perhaps it's the best anywhere.
On November 6, polls open in America. Voters have no choice. Democrats and Republicans barely differ. They're in lockstep on issues mattering most.
Ordinary people are entirely left out. They have no say. Voting for either major party assures same old same old. Money power runs things. Elections are for show. They're a facade. Venezuelans get the real thing.
Chavez expects pre and post-election mischief. Perhaps it began. In Barinas, one of 23 Venezuelan states, two supporters of opposition candidate Henrique Capriles were shot and killed. Another was wounded.
At issue is what's going on and who's to blame. Chavez supporters are nonviolent. They're not about to shoot anyone. Certainly not to enhance victory on October 7. Point fingers elsewhere. Cui bono matters most. It always does.
This type incident stokes tensions. Capriles condemned the killings. He wants them used to his advantage. Chavez urged calm, saying:
"It's not with violence that we're going to face each other. It's vote against vote. We will not permit the bourgeoisie to take Venezuela down the road to violence. And we should not resort to provocations."
He urged followers not to let them distract from real issues. That's what elections are about.
Justice Minister Tareck Al Aissami said one suspect was arrested. No name was given. Nothing else is known. Opposition candidate Pedro Castillo was close to the scene.
He said no physical confrontation preceded the killings. Nothing suggested this would happen. Smell a rat for good reason. Expect more provocations to follow.
Chavez promises deeper Bolivarianism if reelected. He means it. He'll follow through. Supporters believe him for good reason. He's given Venezuelans more than any former leader in modern times. He's not about to let them down now.
Voters aren't about to sacrifice what they most cherish. Americans can't imagine benefits Venezuelans get. Both countries are worlds apart socially, economically, politically, and constitutionally.
From inception, America has been largely unresponsive to majority needs. Enacted benefits came grudgingly. For decades they've been eroding en route to eliminating them altogether. Venezuela is mirror opposite.