VHeadline editor & publisher Roy S. Carson writes: El Universal columnist Carlos Blanco says that President Hugo Chavez Frias has unsuccessfully tried to change Venezuela's political agenda but had discovered he does not have the political or economic strength to achieve his ambitions. Blanco says the President is confounded in the belief that he can violate the 1999 Constitution and the Law with impunity from his own power base and that he will always be "protected."
But this assumption is false, says Blanco, writing in today's issue of El Universal (The Universe) ... the legal case unravelling in Miami against two of Chavez' alleged collaborators, charged with smuggling some $800,000 to Argentina to make pay-offs in the (successful) presidential campaign of Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, show that Chavez cannot get away with blue murder. Bolivian President Evo Morales had also wanted Chavez to help him but he (Morales) has been on the verge of being overthrown as well and has (temporarily) gotten away with it with the support of the international community but it remains to be seen for how long when Chavez' backing fails.
Covert adherents of the "Chavismo without Chavez" movement in Latin America make an over profession of faith in Chavez as their leader, but deceptively they are waiting to watch his downfall ... Chavez knows this and has taken background precautionary measures ... but open threats emanating from (mostly opposition) media executives are taken very seriously indeed.
Blanco says that "much of the country does NOT believe in Chavez any more" ... it is NOT about sharing his "transcendental" beliefs, but rather that "they do NOT believe anything he says ... if he says a table is red, it is certainly NOT red and it is surely NOT a table ... the President conveys the impression of being a compulsive liar, capable of lying, even where there is no necessity to do so!"
"The other case is that of Antonini, who he has called a traitor ... a traitor to what? The truth is that he would be only if he betrayed common cause, i.e. that Antonini and Chavez are in the same boat? It shows that the President has become embarrassed by the truth ... if he is not ahead of the game, he resorts to lies. And it matter little who is telling the truth, because it has happened so many times now that he's simply not believed."
"The anti-chavistas are NOT skeptics ... but those who have followed Chavez faithfully are beginning to see him as an exaggerated motor-mouth!"
It's because of this that Chavez' constant references to assassination plots simply do not jive with El Universal's Blanco. He says a President who refers so constantly to covert murder plots or assassination, not only generates disbelief by the frequency if the claims but by Chavez' abuse of such qualifiers as "great" and "magnified" ... it is NOT plain and simple murder, but rather his predilection for what he terms as his "assassination" that touches people as simply crazy ... he uses it too frequently, and in the first person, to be believed as anything other than his latent wish to be martyred."
"The new Chavez 'oligarchy' appears, for the time being, to be loyal to their leader ... but they are prepared to replace him. It's not only the Governor of (Metropolitan Caracas) Miranda State, Diosdado Cabello, who is maneuvering into position ... his 'nearest and dearest' in the United Sociallst Party of Venezuela (PSUV) are against him ... but objectively it is the discontented within the new 'Bolivarian bourgeoisie' that are waiting in the wings for more chances to grab position when he (Chavez) falls ... the communists are grouped with Chavez while the 'new-bourgeoisie' is aligned with Cabello, civilian rebel orchestrators and right-wing military."
Blanco insists that immensely rich Governor Diosdado Cabello's and Caracas' Mayor Freddy Bernal's recent public warnings to Globovision 24/7 news channel's Alberto Federico Ravell, El Nacional's Miguel Henrique Otero and El Universal's Andres Mata are NOT mere fighting-talk and threats.
"It means that the Fuhrer's lieutenants have indicated to their enemies that they will clamp down brutally on any attempt at social rebellion ... it looks like they are prepared to exercise crude violence if their hold on the government becomes unmanageable!"
Roy S. Carson
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