VHeadline editor & publisher Roy S. Carson writes: Trying to explain the various lunacies prevailing in Venezuela's out-of-control governmental administration is a feat in itself. Of course politics under any recognizable form of democracy is always an unruly beast with factions vying for advantage over what can reasonably be considered consensus and inevitably politics -- local, regional, national and/or international -- is defined as what can be achieved in the short- to medium-term as opposed to any loftier theories of how our futures should eventually develop.
Millions of Venezuelans had put their trust in Hugo Chavez Frias in December 1998 when they went to the polls to elect him as their president on a ticket he claimed would rid the country of the endemic corruption which had plagued the country's development for at least the previous forty-fifty years.
- Chavez recognized that it was a battle he must wage with strength of purpose and this, in itself, may have led to the accusations from the north that he is a "strongman," a "dictator" etc., while totally ignoring the progression of the Bush II dictatorship on their own doorsteps.
- It was Chavez who ordered a seemingly precipitated and ill-thought-out purge of Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) in the aftermath of the 2002 coup d'etat, succeeding mostly in throwing out the baby with the bath water and, in doing so, alienating high-level expertize within the company rather than to eliminate the government-within-government that PDVSA had already become well before he attained the presidency in February 1999.
The political paranoia gone too far without necessary medical attention and that is where Venezuela, the patient, is now on the verge of collapse. Looking for spooks under every bed, assassins in every shadow, fearful of spiders weaving webs they believe can (properly) catch them out at each idiotic mis-step they take in governance, has turned the Venezuelan administration into a psycho ward of distrust even for benevolent shadows to the extent that they are paralyzed, incapable, frozen in time, hoping ... just hoping .. that the guillotine will not fall on their individually guilty necks by some action that, invariably, they later regret.
President Hugo Chavez isn't helping the situation any for, like the Bush II resident at the White House for just a few months more, he's confused, divorced from reality, misguided by his self-centered advisers, each of whom known that there is indeed a life after Bush/Chavez and that their future career chances depend on how they execute (or fail to execute) their administration duties to the current perception of who is basically in charge.
Any definition of Chavez' being today "in charge" of Venezuela's destiny is a matter of conjecture since its more than obvious that any ambition he had of transforming Venezuela by means of his peaceful Bolivarian Revolution has gone, sadly, off the rails in a catastrophic pile-up of dimensions yet to be realized by the generality of luckless Venezuelan citizens.
Voices from the political opposition -- unheeded and even disparaged by the Chavista majority in parliament -- are silenced as the administration plows even further into self-destruction with the formation of the enforced amalgamation/subjugation of left and lefter-of-left political parties into the misconceived birth of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) which has the latent hallmarks of a rebirth of Germany's National Socialism ... the brown shirts simply exchanged for red, but with all the venom of actions and rhetoric against those who find themselves in disagreement with the headlong plunge into ambitions of a one-party Venezuelan dictatorship.
While the United States, thankfully, will be getting rid of George W. Bush after this November's presidential elections, Venezuela's future will only be partly decided in November 23 local and regional elections which have no significant bearing on President Chavez' tenure at Miraflores.
The happenstance, of course, can be that in these elections (November 23)
In that opportunity, perhaps, Chavez will be brought back to his senses and realize that while his ambitions for an egalitarian Venezuela under the original ethos of the Liberator, Simon Bolivar, are still valid and achievable ... it can only be done through a broader acceptance of the fact that he's dealing with 25+ million Venezuelan souls and not just a minority to have signed up (or felt they have no other option but to sign) for PSUV's "Fatherland of a Thousand Years" ambitions to the exclusion of all others.
the Venezuelan people will be sufficiently wised-up to the nefarious, criminal and anti-democratic manipulations of Chavez' administration underlings that they sent a resounding message through the hallowed halls of the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly and the Palace of Justice to the effect that enough is enough!
NOW is the time for dialogue across the ever-widening chasm of divisions.
NOW is the time to get rid of the charlatans who are sucking Venezuela's body politic bloodless.
NOW is the time for a unification, an acceptance that the ONLY solution for Venezuela is for an ethical administration honestly devoted to Venezuela's national, economic, cultural and moral salvation.