Enrique Miguel Sánchez Motos
Senior Civil Servant
Hugo Chaves took power, by democratic means, almost 20 years ago. However, the democratic way does not sanctify his government or any other. Hitler also took power through democratic means. Chaves led Venezuela to its current totalitarian, police and miserable situation by applying the ideas of Marx and Engels.
Chaves applied his famous “Exprópiese, exprópiese” (“Expropiate, expropiate”) to the properties, companies and private industries he wanted. He thought that it was enough to assume ownership of private companies so that these not only continued to produce, but also increased their productivity. The opposite happened. The misery spread. The solution for many Venezuelans was to become Chavistas to survive.
Maduro has put the icing on the cake by transforming the police and the army into institutions that execute and protect the criminal decisions of his government. The videos that opponents have circulated with great risk through the networks show scenes of enormous police brutality, with the use of firearms and many deaths.
The figures of emigration of Venezuelans, fleeing from misery and political-police oppression, are chilling even though they have in many cases to abandon their property and their homes, which are quickly plundered by the regime’s minions. Justice is a caricature of itself. Who can claim justice in a totalitarian and police regime? Pablo Iglesias, Monedero and his party Podemos, with their well-paid consultancies, contributed to create the tragic reality of Venezuelan communism today.
What else to say about the “Bolivarian” regime? It is one more example of the tragic reality to which lead Marxist regimes that accumulate both political and economic power and which, for that reason, are totalitarian.
Given this, the fear of a possible arrival of Bolsonaro to the Presidency of Brazil, a neighbor of Venezuela, is little credible. Bolsonaro won the first round with 46% of the votes, compared to the second, Fernando Haddad, who achieved 29.2%. Bolsonaro in the media is usually labeled as right-wing. Haddad, as progressive.
Bolsonaro is criticized a lot. But none of his important proposals justify such a radical rejection. It is not foreseeable that he will liberalize the sale and possession of weapons, that is not part of the Brazilian culture. Nor he is going to establish coercive birth control rules for the most disadvantaged. His supporters consider him the only one who can end the violence and endemic corruption of the country.
Its economic proposals have been valued positively by Piñera, current President of Chile, which leads to think that they are rational and aimed at stimulating the economy and employment, which is the instrument that generates more social integration. His slogan “Brazil above all, God above all” does not announce a theocratic regime. It can be interpreted simply as the will to serve the nation over private and party interests, and as an affirmation that the values of the God of Love of the Universe must be placed above selfish interests. Where is the problem?
The future will tell us, but beforehand I do not see that his plan is rejectable. On the other hand, the result of the vote, in the first round, shows that almost half, 46%, of the voters reject the policy of the Workers’ Party in its 14 years of government. Can you imagine what would be the result of a free election in Venezuela today with two candidates: Maduro and Bolsonaro?
12/10/2018. © All rights reserved