Oscar Heck // 62% normal Venezuelans versus 38% money-drones...
VHeadline commentarist Oscar Heck writes: Today, January 5, 2011, is the first day of Venezuela's newly-elected National Assembly, its third since Chavez was elected, and also the third ever in Venezuela's history. Prior to the new Venezuelan Constitution (1999), which was approved by popular vote under Chavez' first year or so in power, there was no such thing as a National Assembly. Venezuela was ruled by a small elite group of families in a two-party system that would rotate power between themselves ... and, I remember that prior to Chavez being elected, and ironically, this former model of government was touted as "the" model of democracy for Latin America.
The first elected National Assembly was composed of both opposition (opponents of Chavez) and pro-Chavez members, with a majority pro-Chavez. The second elected National Assembly was composed almost entirely of pro-Chavez members … because almost all opposition groups decided to not participate in the National Assembly elections hoping to force the government out of power by gaining sympathy (that Chavez is a dictator) from the "international community" and the likes of the OAS … a strategy which did not work.
Today's newly-elected National Assembly is about 62% pro-Chavez and about 38% anti-Chavez. Most laws require a passing vote of 3/5 but some require 2/3 … and this is where the fun will be.
But the strange thing is that some of the members of the anti-Chavez clans within this new National Assembly participated directly in the 2002 coup against Chavez and some, like Maria Corina Machado, also signed the Carmona Decree during the coup, which amongst other things, dictatorially dissolved this National Assembly and also denied recognition of a great potion of Venezuela's Constitution, which had been approved with 71.78% of the popular vote through a referendum in 1999.
So what are these people doing here if they had signed to abolish the National Assembly? They even sabotaged the process in the previous National Assembly elections. Some participated in the US-backed coup in 2002 and most participated in the massive 2002-2003 economic sabotage of the country which left millions suddenly jobless and moneyless. Some, like Maria Corina Machado (Sumate), and Primero Justicia, have been directly financed by the US government through the likes of the NED and USAID. (Search on VHeadline.com's search engine: oscar heck sumate primero justicia.)
(Note that a few days ago on CNN, Maria Corina Machado said something to the effect that they [the newly-elected anti-Chavez National Assembly members] would use the Venezuelan Constitution at the National Assembly in order to get their way. Ironic, don't you think? And this woman also went to the White House to meet Bush.)
The vast majority of these opposition members are from the mid-to-upper classes and from the elite business and media groups … and some, at least two, are presently in jail, one (Jose Sanchez, aka Mazuco, of Zulia) condemned to 19 years in prison for being the mastermind behind the assassination of DIM agent (Military Intelligence Directorate) and another (Biaggio Pilieri, former mayor in Yaracuy), for massive fraud and divergence of government funds.
What kind of people would have voted for these criminals?
Personally, and since I also lived the 2002-2003 sabotage of the country, I myself consider that all opposition members of the new National Assembly are criminals. They are just not in jail.
Who in their right minds voted for such criminals?
It is rather funny to see this first session live on television as I write this article … the opposition side of the National Assembly auditorium is composed of almost entirely whiter-skinned, arrogant-looking, stiff-faced, anger-imbibed, robotic looking people, similarly dressed, sort of like big-shot bankers, and almost all men … and almost all seemingly in an age range of between forty and sixty. The pro-Chavez side of the auditorium, the majority, is composed of all sorts of skin colors, ranging from Black to white and Red, men and women of a wide range of ages and cultures, including Native Indians, full of passion and all dressed in different ways, suits and T-shirts and traditional Native dress, and so on.
Get the picture? 62% normal Venezuelans versus 38% money-drones.
These are the two Venezuelas which I have previously written about. The real-to-life representation of Venezuela at the National Assembly, the majority … and the minority whiter-skinned exploiters. And to provide an example of what I mean is the fact that a few minutes ago one of the opposition members said that their priority is to pass a comprehensive employment law, not a labor law, nor a cooperative law, nor a production law … but an employment law. These exploiters want to perpetuate the employer-employee relation and pass this into law. They just don't seem to understand (nor want to understand) that the present and future of Venezuela does not lie in the traditional employer-employee relationship, which has traditionally led to mass exploitation, segregation, repressive societal control and violence, not only in Venezuela, but world-wide. Venezuela's labor, production and creative present and future lies in cooperative businesses, in which all participants are equal and where there is no employee-employer division, no repression and no segregation, no rich or poor … it is in that climate where creativity grows best.
I can't wait for the newly-elected opposition members to stick their feet in their mouths … or their fingers up their rears … or their eyeballs into their ears … or whatever. Unfortunately, I don't think that will happen. I highly suspect that they soon begin to resort to what they have always resorted to: sabotage and violence.