How Low Can You Go?

The ugly face of the Latin Left

The ugly face of the Latin Left

Sometimes, it feels like the Maduro Era is just a showcase of human misery, a dismal display case for the absolute friggin’ worst this benighted species has to offer. The last few days have provided not one, not two but three stomach-churning examples, each more shocking than the last.

First, consider the morally bankrupt embarrassment that once – long ago – looked like a promising progressive experiment for Brazil. As you’ve probably heard, a delegation of Brazilian Senators, including opposition leader Aecio Neves, travelled to Venezuela to try to meet with Leopoldo López and Antonio Ledezma, Venezuela’s highest profile political prisoners.

They were nearly lynched.

Their president, Dilma Rousseff – a one time political prisoner herself – shat all over her whatever vestigial trace of moral authority she might have still had with this bafflingly tone-deaf attack on her own country’s senators over, saying “the intention of the senators to visit the imprisoned opposition figures put the [Venezuelan] government in a type of trap, and represents a shame for Brazil; this is meddling in the internal affairs of Venezuela.”

What. A…I’m just going to let you finish that sentence yourself.

So there I was, thinking Dilma had plumbed all the depths of human misery we were going to plumb this weekend, but no. Chavismo always finds a way to become even more vile, even when the vile-o-meter can’t take much more.

Chavista propaganda arm LaIguana informed us that SEBIN, chavismo’s increasingly repressive secret police, had launched an investigation to identify the fascist saboteurs who…held up this placcard at the Copa America match vs. Colombia calling for the release of chavismo’s political prisoners. 

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Just so we’re clear, in a country with tens of thousands of murders a year, the security forces devote their resources to…hounding exiles in Chile (of ALL friggin’ places) who call for the release of political prisoners.

But it gets worse. Then, in a page ripped right out of some Borgia miniseries, the Maduro regime has started taking little old ladies hostage to intimidate their children. Literally.

Rafael Isea, the one-time Chavista governor of Aragua and, before that, Finance Minister, turned DEA informant blew the whistle on this on Twitter, after his sister and his 75 year old mom had their homes raided and were taken into custody on no charges anyone could figure out.

Let’s get it right, these women aren’t being detained, they’re being held hostage. They’re leverage in a game Tareck al Aissami is playing with Rafael Isea. Something Ms. Rousseff might be do well to mull next time she’s tempted to start pontificating about shame this and shame that with regard to Venezuela.

I try to think about these stories analytically. I really do. That’s meant to be my role here, right? But it’s a struggle.

These people are just fucking evil. And not a day goes by when they let us forget it.

I swear, I didn’t set out to become a hardcore misanthrope. It just sort of…happened.

Venezuela will do that to you.

50 thoughts on “How Low Can You Go?

  1. I don’t know how someone can have hopes on any “progressive” latin american government. They are the same crap.

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    • No they are not. Some are clearly worse than others. And we are, by far, the worst now in L.A.

      Brazil will probably safe itself from Chavismo. They are not totally corrupt, some morality left, some separation of powers and a Justice system (see the latest Huge detentions). Dilma is going down, and, hopefully Luladron will bite the dust too. The Odebrecht and Petrobras scandals could shake the entire planet this year, including Guisozuela, of course.

      Not to mention progressive, democratic places like Chile, Uruguay, Costa Rica, etc. We’re just still in prehistoric, barbarian times. .

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  2. For a Brazilian this must be beyond outrageous. Dilma just proved that she’s willing to stick up for a foreign klepto-dictatorship, instead of playing blind, deaf and dumb with it, as she and the rest of the worthless prick presidents have always done.
    Not only that, she’s willing to defend it so much that she’ll throw her own countrymen under the bus before saying a bad word against us.
    It really makes you wonder what it is exactly that Chavismo has on her. Beyond the oil and corruption deals, what debt could she possibly feel that she owes to a failing State to defend it in such disgusting way?

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      • No aprendes, Francisco, por lo menos en relación a Brasil. Hace casi 10 freakin’ años te dije que Lula es un gangster, y que el PT es una mafia. Nada bueno podría salir de allí. Siempre les diste el beneficio de la duda. En aquel entonces, me tildaste de reaccionario.

        Y te tengo un dato: Esto no se trata sólo de la izquierda latinoamericana. Los que tú llamas “progressive” yo les llamo distribuidores de la riqueza ajena, socialistas todos en menor o mayor grado. Si pudieran encerrarnos a todos detrás de un muro, como en la República “Democrática” Alemana, lo harían.

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        • This naivety about the left is what makes me lie awake at night. Because when we finally remove those gangsters from power all over the continent, how can we prevent educated and well-intentioned people from being fooled again by a new “progressist” messiah?

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        • Francisco Toro mentioned that the PT government once looked like a progressive experiment, not that it actually is… now Ricardo, just out of curiosity what do you think of really progressive governments such as the Dutch? Norwegian?

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          • You can even appoint Stalinists to rule the Netherlands and Norway that they won’t be able to destroy these countries, because these two countries’ strong democratic institutions will put them in jail as soon as they start to behave erratic. However, third world countries with weak institutions don’t have the same luck, thus they can’t do much to fight those people.

            Denmark can neutralize an elected Camila Vallejo, but Chile? I’m not so sure.

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    • Yea. Dont fool yourself. They dont have anything on her.

      For her is just politics. Whatever the mess that Venezuela is, she doesnt care one bit, except that it gives her lefty credentials against the right in Brazil.

      Same happens in Spain, where neither the right nor the far-left care, really, about anything that happens in Venezuela, except that it is another nice political proxy thing to pander to their segment of the electorate.

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    • Dilma is down to about 10% approval, and the protests in Brazil are just getting started. Just the tip of the iceberg with the Petrobras and Oderbretch bombs.. Impeachment is in the air.

      The problem is that Dilma is joined by the hip with Luladron, the real, Huge Capo there, who has countless Mega-Galactic Guisos in just about every industry and country, including of course Guisozuela. So they used Chavismo’s Smartmatic lottery machines to steal an extremely close election late in the evening.. and they are indebted and connected in many ways to Chavez and his putrid legacy.

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  3. “These people are just fucking evil.”

    Well they are, of course, but not inherently, genetically “evil”. That’s reminds me of W. Bush and his simplistic “nukelear” dilemas..

    Chavistas like Masburro are born just as good&evil as anybody else. Perhaps with some brain damage, but not necessarily entirely possessed by Lucifer since childhood..

    Many of the “evil” rebolusionarios were born poor, neglected by decades of Adeco/Copeyanos Kleptomania. And most importantly, grew up under-educated, and in broken families with poor moral values, where most fathers of 10 children were lost drinking booze or making more abandoned children with other poor, uneducated women.

    So they became ill-informed, under-educated, frustrated bus drivers, motorizados or corrupt sindicalistas, pissed off, resentful, jealous of the “pelucones sifrinos” with all the oil money.

    There are of course many “evil”, educated, rich people that also joined Chavismo’s Massive Embezzlement Machine (CMEM), but the vast majority of well-educated, honest professionals from cohesive, good families with solid values left the country, or are the opposition, also trying to leave. The vast majority of Chavistas and Maduristas are of the alienated, former variety.

    That’s what ultimately made them Evil people, zero values, under-education, broken homes, resenrtments, many even became criminals with blood in their hands (or all of them, if you consider their responsibility in Vzla’s medical disaster).

    And Cubazuela now, with its collapsed, corrupt and decrepit education system is breeding a lot more of that “Evil” as we speak.

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    • I make a point of reading Aporrea regularly. My purpose is to understand what in the world are these guys thinking! I wish to understand how can they proffer their position WITH A STRAIGHT FACE while the steady drumbeat of decay and misery takes hold of the country, THEIR OWN COUNTRY!

      The first mental yoga position they take is to divide history in A.C. (antes con Chavez) and D.C. (you get it). They are unable to see that fidelity to which Maduro is respecting what Comandante Eterno designed. Their diagnosis is “all is failing hence we need more revolution” which means more central government control, in the most Stalinist fashion. They fail to understand how the oil boom pinata is depleted.

      It reminds me a lot of a bad religious reasoning, something Aveledo once pointed out. God is unquestionable, hence our suffering is due to our own iniquities.

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  4. People? red scum does not deserve to be called people. Thugs, delinquents, criminals express better what they are

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    • Great outlook to build a new Venezuela, that one. Lets just take to heart the legacy of hate of the late Comandante Galactico, from the same side or just reversing the polarities, that sure is going to help.

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      • Because the red turds deserve to be called some other thing than that.

        Oh? Were you talking about the base? The clueless and naive people who were ass-poor before and stay a little less ass-poor now with some benefit of a mission? Well, those ARE people, they were deceived, or tricked, whatever, or just their constant insults just don’t matter, I won’t hold a centuries grudge against someone just because they called me “fag” at some point of their lives (Kinda different to what MANY of them are now, who hate their guts because they were looked funny sometime)

        Who are the scum and the turds? The choros, the colectivos who also are choros, and all the high command of chavismo, diablodado, maburro, monje-fried-pamplina giordani, perico silva, jvr aka marciano and all those, now THOSE are the scum and the garbage the robolution, those are the ones that can’t be allowed to escape justice and 30 years behind bars while all the stuff they stole gets taken back.

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  5. Thanks for the post, Quico. Couldn’t agree more. One small niggle: “misery” in English doesn’t mean the same (in this context) as “miseria” in Spanish. The usual translation is “meanness”, but that really doesn’t go far enough.

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          • Only in matters of English syntax and vocabulary, I should add :)

            “Miserable” is what you feel when you’ve been in a queue outside the Bicentenario for three hours and it’s just started raining. There’s a kind of qualified exception to that (e.g. “you miserable bastard!”) but in general “miserable” is not a moral quality but a passing emotion (“I feel miserable”) or an expression of material inadequacy (“miserable rations”).

            If you’re miserable in the Spanish sense you are mean, heartless, cruel .. but not miserable.

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              • Perhaps “depravity”?

                “…the Maduro era is a showcase in human depravity, a dismal display case for the absolute friggin’ worst this benighted species has to offer.”

                At first glance I didn’t even notice, b/c “misery” does make contextual sense, i.e. the Maduro era is a showcase in human misery in the sense that Venezuelans are experiencing profound misery every day.

                If the intent of “miserable” is “extreme and unrepentant evil,” I would go with depravity, malice, wickedness, or malevolence. Any of those would work.

                Anyway…wholehearted concur r.e. the sentiment.

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              • If you call someone a miserable in spanish that does not denote someone down on his luck but a wretch in the peyorative sense of the word . in english its more like some one whose down on his luck , so jesus translation is exactly right. !!

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      • Misery is more like “sufrimiento”

        : extreme suffering or unhappiness

        : something that causes extreme suffering or unhappiness

        : a very unhappy or painful time or experience

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  6. Ay!!!!, estan regalando papel toale en la embahada du Brasil, vale !! Parese que hay pollo tambien!

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    • Oh, no!!!!!!!! You didn’t understand it!!! NO, they are not “regalando” anything. Jesus Christ!!!!!!!!!! Damn, Yusmairobis!!!! Sigh…

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      • I guess the employees at the embassy took the chance to pack and send some more paper rolls to their relatives here in Venezuela…

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  7. Regarding Dilma’s approval rates, that graph below is the most recent data. Worth mentioning that the poll had been conducted BEFORE the senators being stoned by Maduro’s brown(red)shirts, Odebrecht being arrested and Dilma’s unfortunate declarations on both cases.

    How do you rate Dilma’s government (%)?

    Good (blue), regular (yellow), terrible (red).

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  8. No fan of Rousseff, and she does epitomize much of what is wrong with the latter day left, but resorting to calling her ugly — even if it’s tongue-in-cheek, is a bit unbecoming and below the standards of this normally illuminating blog. Just a minor style concern.

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    • I dont think the comment is about her being ugly, but if you imagine her just laughing her ass off at what is happening in Venezuela, thats what is ugly.

      Or I may be wrong, I did not wrote that caption :P

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      • She’s horrible. As the Americans say, you don’t talk out of school when it comes to foreign policy (although the US has a major problem of its own with this right now) and she trashed her own politicial dignitaries, over a humanitarian visit, where they were attacked. It’s triple layer ugly.

        But you still don’t call her ugly as in physically ugly which the photo and caption imply. It’s just schoolyard bullying and it degrades the broader critique being made.

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        • I was trying to make a point: Dilma’s statement puts her so far beyond the pale, I think it releases us from any expectation of common courtesy.

          I will not, refuse to, be courteous to people who aid the Maduro Regime’s repression. Fuck that.

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          • Respect is a standard we hold ourselves to, not others. Big fan of CC, not hating, just found this to be a little bit of a record scratch in tone. Otherwise, keep on keeping on.

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            • Agree with H&S. The photo caption and the incomplete “What.A…..” (Bitch? Am I the only one who thought that would be the implied end to that sentence?) added an unnecessary woman-bashing element to an otherwise well worded rant.

              Am I being too sensitive here?

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  9. The problem with the whole Rousseff fiasco is that with the judiciary so whacked out and crooked there is no way to enforce accountability. That’s why 3rd world despots and cranks literally get away with murder. Rousseff could be nailed to a cross for any number of things – follow the money if nothing else – but there simply is no way to enforce justice in that system. The question is – what happens when the power starts shifting? And what shifts it? Is she enough of an embarrassment that she simply has to go? I’ve got to say that this last guff per defending Maduro against the senators certainly underscores the huge rifts in the Brazilian politics. Seems like they are not out to just take each other no matter what.

    Or is it just that ALL politics are rotten and perverse?

    JL

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  10. Rousseff’s comment that the Senator’s trip was a trap to embarrass the Venezuelan regime was partially correct. But, it mostly had to do with Brazilian politics. Going into Brazil’s elections, Rousseff’s connections with Chavismo are a huge liability for her party. The failures of the Bolivarian Revolution are painting all of the leftists of Latin America in a bad light. Based on the experience of various other foreign politician’s experience, being blocked from seeing L.L. and the other political prisoners was nearly a sure thing. Chavismo has already been discredited in the international community. Having yet another group of politicians blocked from seeing them did not damage them significantly more than they are already. However, it made a huge impact on domestic Brazilian politics. The more the Brazilian Opposition connects the Brazilian Labor Party to Chavismo, the more damage they do to their opponents. So, this was a trap. But, it was a trap for Labor Party of Brazil. And it worked! That is why Rousseff is so pissed off.

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    • Sorry, Roy, but I don’t think your account of the events is really accurate.

      First of all, the person who started all this back in February — the person who authored the request to check the situation on the ground in Venezuela — belongs to Dilma’s coalition, his name is Ricardo Ferraço, from a party called PMDB, he and his party are not from the opposition. It’s just that Venezuela is now a member of Mercosur, and must obey the Ushuaia treaty; and they wanted to go there to see what was going on. No biggie. Naciones hermanas and all that.

      Secondly, his petition to go there was unanimously approved by all parties! Again, it was not seen as a big issue by anyone back in February. Chavistas just blew a trivial thing out of proportion. They messed up. You can confirm what I’m saying in the link below. You will see that a communist senator called Vanessa Grazziotin was the only person that tried to object their visit to Venezuela.

      http://www12.senado.leg.br/noticias/materias/2015/02/25/aprovada-comissao-de-senadores-para-acompanhar-crise-na-venezuela

      “Based on the experience of various other foreign politician’s experience, being blocked from seeing L.L. and the other political prisoners was nearly a sure thing. ”

      Come on… They threw rocks at the bus! They locked the airport! They didn’t let them meet with Capriles (it was already scheduled). To just deny access to Ramo Verde as they did with Pastrana or Gonzalez is a VERY different thing.

      I understand you being very skeptical about politicians in general, but sometimes people are just well-intentioned. These senators certainly were. They care about Venezuela.

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      • Well, you are right about me being skeptical about politicians, but based on the above, I will give them the benefit of the doubt. In any case, this is making Dilma look bad, and she is compounding by accusing the Senators.

        Chavismo is now doing a marvelous job of turning themselves into international pariahs. And anyone close to them or previously close to them is going to be similarly tainted. I would be laughing out loud if this wasn’t such a serious matter.

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        • What is funny is that you can read at the aforementioned link:

          “e estabelecer diálogos com membros do parlamento e governo venezuelanos”

          What means that these senators, in their innocence, were willing to hear the Chavista side of the story too. If Chavistas had received them as if they were human beings, I wouldn’t be surprised if their final report on Venezuela’s situation happened to be something very mild toward Chavismo. Something very diplomatic…

          But Chavistas used an assault rifle to kill a mouse!!!

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