They should have drafted Felipe González

what-if-i-told-you-that-all-disney-pixar-films-are-related-1e734647-c57a-470f-abb9-db7a0508eeabThe opposition will be holding a primary this Sunday. In 35 electoral circuits around the country, anyone able to vote will be allowed to select the person he or she prefers to be the unity candidate(s) for those circuits. This webpage, and this article by Puzkas, are a useful reference for the interested voter.

Sadly, you probably haven’t heard much about this. You probably don’t know who the candidates are, or what their positions are. In fact, chances are that you’ve heard more about former Spanish President Felipe González attempting to travel to Venezuela this Monday than about this primary campaign.

I don’t want to belittle the terrible circumstances that our political prisoners are in. But the media, and social media in particular, have been way too focused on the saga of Señor González.

(In case you don’t know, he was appointed to the legal defense team for our political prisoners. The government said “oh no you didn’t!” González insists on traveling.)

It’s all a silly little media circus. González’s presence will not make one iota of a difference to the fate of the prisoners. Sure, it will be a PR stunt, and it will keep the foreign press busy. Will that have any effect on the outcome of this saga? Unlikely.

In the meantime, important issues such as the goings-on inside our opposition coalition, fall by the wayside.

Perhaps if the MUD had drafted Felipe González to run for Parliament our primaries would have gotten more media traction. The only way to counter the information wars and focus on what’s important is to go out on Sunday and vote.

Too often we complain about the government throwing out distractions. This time, it’s our own side that’s distracting us from the import … SQUIRREL!

23 thoughts on “They should have drafted Felipe González

  1. Why not cover the real story when it comes to Venezuela. It is the core of all the problems and everything that is bad about Venezuela flows from there. You have addressed the what, and that is the arbitration between the fixed rate of 6.3 B’s to the dollar versus the “free” market rate of 305 B’s to the US dollar. So someone who can arbitrage that difference can make essentially 50 times their money on one transaction. Everyone is trying to do it but it is the root of the entire food, medicine, services scarcity issue but beyond that it is the reason for the current attitude of the high government officials. This is not about running a country, it is certainly not about the “revolution” it is about the unbounded greed by the highest government officials. The only ones that could truly make use of the arbitrage are those with access to the 6.3 rate dollars. There is not an economist on the planet that would say that the currency controls are working and they are all certainly calling for the removal of them as part of the solution. So the why? WHY because these slime that occupy the high offices (they certainly aren’t “running” the country because they are too busy making money off of it) like it just the way it is – they can rip off the country’s treasury at 6.3 B’s and make 50 times their money. This is all funded by the government and PDVSA coffers so the phony suitcase companies and the PEP’s ( politically exposed persons) can rape Venezuela until they have bled it dry. Call this situation what it is – high government officials are using the power of their offices to steal money from their own country so they can enrich themselves. There is no other reason. To accomplish this they have shut down the press, with no paper and buying up all the media outlets, put the opposition in jail with no evidence, suppressed the people to the point of making them dependent on the government for the most basic goods and made them afraid to go out of their homes because of the fear of being robbed and even murdered, in many cases by the same people that are supposed to protect them, the police and law enforcement and military who are bought and paid for and are the pawns of the corrupt senior officials. All the while the world just runs a half blind eye to it while they suck on the oil nipples. Pretty bloody bad if you ask me and until the death toll reaches some astronomical figure or the incompetent officials lose even the ability to pump any oil because they are so involved in the stealing that they forget to keep the petro dollars flowing that is THEIR life blood, the whole sad dance will continue with the world turning away. So sad.

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    • Excellent commentary, but please break your comment into paragraphs. As another commenter pointed out, the ENTER key is there for a reason.

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      • A new paragraph is started with a new idea or point.
        Emilia did ok.
        Don’t make a lack of paragraphs distract you from the comment.

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        • Don’t make a lack of paragraphs distract you from the comment.
          My point is that the lack of paragraphs DO distract me from the otherwise very well-written comment. While the overall theme of Emilia’s comment is arbitrage, she makes numerous points about arbitrage- which can be used to separate into paragraphs.

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    • EXCELLENT comment.

      The only thing I would add is that the world is “not turning away” as you candidly state.

      Cuba leads the pillaging!
      Colombia and Brazil are first row interested parties that stand to gain first hand, in influence, territory, resources and such (even little Guyana is advancing its pieces!), and also potentially loose too should a full scale refugee crisis endure!.

      and others like Big oil, US, China, Russia, Iran, Etc. all have their interest first, and are looking into advancing their positions on the chess board of international geopolitics. (for example free first class O&G professionals exported wide and far after 2003!)

      There are few principled drivers out there, Interests rule, and Venezuela is no longer a sovereign nation, but a treasury under siege.

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      • “all have their interest first”

        That is correct every country has their own interests first, second and third. No country is going to help any other nation solve their problems unless there is something significant to be gained: politically, economically or geopolitically. Every country has enough with their own problems, and interfering in other countries’ matters is complicated, fraught with perils and very few positives.

        No one should hope for outside help, apart from some posturing here and there.

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    • Just to complement your excellent comment Emilia: Venezuela’s Foreign Reserves Tumble to Lowest Level Since 2003 on Wednesday.

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    • Emilia: Acute observation of the big picture, well laid out. Bravo. Of course, it does not come as a surprise to most Venezuelans, many less articulate than yourself. Why very early on in the regime’s history, stories circulated, not just about Cubans forming Chávez’s 3 rings of security, but about the generals who would come into car dealerships with a suitcase of bills to pay ‘de contado’ for a new Hummer, Lexus, etc.,

      More than 15 years later, with visible chaos throughout the nation, with a rampant inflation rate experienced by all, with a broken-down petro industry, with the whole moral fiber of the nation turned upside down, with the innumerable barriers set up for entrepreneurship and private business, etc., there are still dreamy-eyed policy wonks who continue to beat a drum so as to promote their Disneyfied dream, and that is: to distribute hard cash to every Venezuelan citizen from that very broken-down petro industry, which is in tremendous need of foreign investment just to modernize it. #Delusional.

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  2. probably it was a bad idea to do the primary in the first place.

    it was better to invest our efforts in putting pressure on the government to resign and call for general elections, but no, that position seemed too so radical for some.

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    • what exactly “putting pressure” on the goverment means? is it possible to pressure a goverment that have all the institutions, the weapons, the thugs, the media and the money of the country?, they survived unscathed a military coup, a 2 month strike of the oil company, countless rallies, election boycotts, nearly 3 months of guarimba, scandal after scandal, and they seem to be almost getting away with hiperinflation.

      We are just hanging on to the hope that they will accept an electoral defeat and that that will get us somewhere.

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  3. Are there any nationally relevant races? I can´t think of one.

    Maybe MUD agreed themselves into oblivion by putting consensus over primaries. Every major figure got a cambur (literary every party leader has a consensus candidacy) and only the minor figures (in comparison) are left. Even MCM was selected by dedazo, despite her preference to run in a primary instead.

    Last time around, MCM was running in circuit 3 (against Romero from Foro Penal and Vecchio from VP), Enrique Mendoza was throwing a tantrum because he wanted to run from Petare and PJ was calling it their “precious”, etc.

    Don´t get me wrong, there’s plenty of local drama, like the classic (bitter) Proyecto Venezuela-Cuentas Claras rivalry in Carabobo, but that´s not Nationally relevant. Nobody knows much about them in, say, Monagas or Falcón. That´s the stuff of local papers, the ones closing shop or being bought by Hegemeon Corp.

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  4. It may be a PR stunt, but anything which calls international attention to the unjust imprisonment of Lopez and Ledezma can’t be all bad.

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  5. I see one of Venezuela’s neighbours has a new president. The electoral process was fairly smooth. I worked there for a few years during the years of President Forbes Burnham and the situation was very similar to how Venezuela is at the moment.
    Same system and the results are the same.
    Believe it or not, at that time basics were smuggled into the country from Venezuela including harina P A N , powdered milk, harina de trigo and cooking oil.
    There was also a government run store selling items for U S dollars.

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  6. Frankly, the whole thing will get more cover because it is Felipe Gonzalez, who is, if nothing else, a consumate attention whore. And because a lot of people in Spain want to shit on him, as a sellout, and this of course plays in the whole “bolivarian Podemos vs the forces of democracy” stuff, and …

    I would very much prefer anybody but him to go and do something for the political prisoners, but what can you do.

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