When Chávez pulled the rug out from under their venal feet in 1998 with his first presidential victory (he won a special 2000 election under a new Constitution), they possessed few if any of the engage-the-electorate tools they needed to challenge him. Even worse was their blithering denial: fuming over their imported Scotch on Caracas’ affluent east side, they were utterly incapable of acknowledging that their profligate, elitist abuses had been more responsible for Chávez’s stunning rise to power ~ and the broad popularity of his poverty-reduction project ~ than his red-beret demagoguery had been.
The pathetic Western writers quoted below are, of course, serving their masters' agenda by denigrating Venezuela's beloved leader Hugo Chavez.. The fact that their chosen Sephardi Jewish candidate was thoroughly rejected by the good people of Venezuela rankles deeply. The resultant yipping at Chavez' heels like frothing chihuahuas is nothing short of pathetic and useless.
Chavistas celebrated Sunday's victory.
Americans don't have that right. On November 6, choice won't be the ballot. Column A matches Column B. Money power chooses candidates and winners.
On October 7, Venezuelans turned out in record numbers.
It's important because what they say matters. They wanted Chavez for another six years and got him.
Chavez pledged he'll do it. He keeps promises.
It shouldn't surprise. It's the American way.
Prioritizing wealth, power and imperial interests means depriving most people of vital social services. No wonder unemployment, poverty, homelessness, hunger, and overall human misery keep growing.
Venezuela is mirror opposite.
According to Census figures, half of US households are impoverished or bordering on it.
America's industrial base is a shadow of its former self. It's located offshore in low wage countries. US workers are left high and dry.
Venezuela's far from perfect. Violent crime, corruption, high inflation, infrastructure needs, and a menacing northern neighbor are worrisome. Chavez's health is uncertain. His cancer's in remission. If it returns and he can't serve, who'll succeed him isn't clear.
Venezuela's poor love him for good reason.
Venezuela is comprised of 23 states, a Capital District (Caracas), and offshore Federal Dependencies. Chavez carried 21 states and Caracas. Lead opponent Capriles took Zulia and Carabobo states.
Venezuela's state-of-the-art electoral process shames America's.
It's far less susceptible to fraud and identity theft than elsewhere.
Every candidate was identified by name and full color photo. It helps assure votes are cast as intended. Observers monitored fairness. Opposition supporters turned out in force. They agreed. Voting was open, free and fair.
The Union of South American Nations praised what went on. Mission head Carlos Alvarez said:
"Venezuela has given an exemplary demonstration of what the functioning of democracy is and has taught a lesson to the world."
"Venezuela strengthened democracy in the nation and the region."
Throughout Sunday, everything proceeded smoothly. No major disturbances occurred. Opposition strategists hoped otherwise. They planned to highlight fraud and other irregularities but couldn't find any.
Capriles had no recourse but to concede defeat. He left unsaid why most Venezuelans spurned them. They need no explanations. Triumphant Chavismo is all that matters.
On January 10, Chavez begins his fourth term. He told supporters he's not waiting.
"(F)or me," he said, "the new cycle begins today. We're obligated to be better every day, more efficient, obligated to respond with greater efficiency to the needs of people."
"to be the best president that I have been in these years."
BEATING UP ON BOLIVARIANISM
If you can't beat 'em, beat up on 'em. Sour grapes postmortems made headlines. Scoundrel media editorials and op-eds featured them.
The Wall Street Journal's Mary O'Grady is ideologically to the right of many neocons. Her style reflects character assassination. Her rhetoric drips with vitriol. She wins awards for genuflecting to power and suppressing vital truths for power brokers who pay her.
Her electoral postmortem was typical. She headlined "Chavismo Wins, Venezuela Loses," saying:
"Control of the media and the voting polls, plus some old-fashioned fear, have won Hugo Chávez six more years."
Chavez "seized control of television and radio stations and used them during the campaign…"
"Mr. Capriles tried to tap into (Venezuelan) misery by presenting himself as a social democrat…."
He's a wealthy neoliberal hard-liner. He deplores beneficial social change. If elected he'd return Venezuela to its bad old days.
Voters wanted none of him and his extremism.
He "mortgaged Venezuela to help him buy another six years in power….(N)o one believes that the final vote spread reflects the public's opinion of the winner."
"With China underwriting his populism and Cuba manning his intelligence and security apparatus, his near-term comfort in Miraflores palace is practically guaranteed."
WSJ writers Jose de Cordoba and Sara Schaefer Munoz had their say. They were dishonest in less strident form than O'Grady. They headlined "Victory Tightens Chavez Grip on Power," saying:
"Another decisive electoral victory for Hugo Chávez has convinced many Venezuelans in the opposition that his only vulnerabilities are a turn for the worse in the ailing president's health or a sharp drop in oil prices."
"The win allows Mr. Chávez to press ahead with his Socialist revolution, deepening government intervention in the economy, including price controls and nationalizations."
"Observers see him as likely to continue his role as the leading voice against U.S. interests in the region, enhancing alliances with everyone from Tehran to Beijing."
"You have the head of a petrostate with authoritarian propensities who controls the legislative branch, the Supreme Court, the electoral tribunal and the oil industry which generates 98% of the country's wealth, without any checks and balances."
Bloomberg headlined "Chavez Election Victory Signals Accelerated Socialist Revolution," saying:
Since taking office in 1999, "he nationalized more than 1,000 companies or their assets…"
Nationalizations were far fewer.He paid fair compensation every time.No one was cheated.
"With voters giving the former paratrooper another six-year term, he’ll probably push policies, such as currency controls and takeovers that have driven away investors…."
During today's hard times, Venezuela's growth is impressive. Q II 2012 advanced 5.4%. In contrast, Europe's in recession. America is close. Economist Jack Rasmus predicts it in 2013. He calls overall conditions dire.
In a section devoted to Chavez, The New York Times said the
"fiery socialist defeated a youthful, more moderate challenger…."
"He is an ailing and politically weakened winner facing an emboldened opposition that grew stronger and more confident as the voting neared, and at times seemed to have an upset victory within reach."
It can't bear admitting social democracy works.The Time supports wealth and power.It spurns ordinary people.It calls fascist America democratic.It calls the real thing in Venezuela autocratic.
Truth was never The Times' long suit.
"Score another lamentable election victory for Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. The fiery, anti-U.S. revolutionary now has another six-year term to continue with the plans he launched after his first election in 1998 to dismantle Venezuela’s free-market economy and pursue his anachronistic socialist agenda."
His "so-called Bolivarian revolution has proved hollow. Revolutionary socialism is almost impossible to sustain….Chavez should increasingly be dismissed for what he is ~ a toothless tiger."
Pre-election, the London Guardian headlined "Hugo Chavez: a strongman's last stand," saying:
"No one ever accused Hugo Chávez of thinking small. He casts politics as an existential contest between good and evil, the oppressed and the oppressor."
The election will decide "the comandante('s)" fate "and his revolution. (It) hangs by a thread….Chávez surrounded himself mostly with mediocrities, valuing loyalty over competence."
"His legacy will be debated for decades….Many outsiders made up their minds long ago. There was Chávez the dictator who jailed opponents, sponsored terrorists and left his people hungry."
"Chavez….is a hybrid: a democrat and autocrat, a progressive and a bully." The Guardian also called him "a caudillo (strongman)" running a "dysfunction(al)" economy.
Inconvenient truths are ignored.
Admitting them would discredit everything else said.
Pat Robertson literally wanted him killed. Even so-called "moderate" columnists beat up on him mercilessly. The usual characterizations call him a strongman, autocrat, dictator, another Hitler.
"In studying the opinion pages of the top 25 circulation newspapers in the United States during the first six months of 2005, Extra! found that 95 percent of the nearly 100 press commentaries that examined Venezuelan politics expressed clear hostility to the country’s democratically elected president."
It's nearly impossible finding major media commentaries portraying him accurately. Doing so would be out of character. Contributors would be out of work. Party line opinion only is tolerated. Truth and full disclosure are prohibited. It's the American way.