[News] The Bolivarian Revolution Metes Out Poetic Justice
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Mon May 13 11:40:30 EDT 2019
The Bolivarian Revolution Metes Out Poetic Justice
By Arnold August - Trabajadores - May 13, 2019
On April 30, 2019, the Bolivarian Revolution defeated the latest in a
series of attempted U.S.-orchestrated coups d’états since the inaugural
one on January 23, when Guaidó was recognized as "Interim President" by
One of the main pretexts being used for the U.S. intervention is that
the May 2018 presidential elections were supposedly steeped in electoral
irregularities and therefore deficient. Thus, Maduro was, according to
this false narrative, not elected democratically.
However, in a twist of irony, it is the very U.S. interventionist
activities – ongoing and supported by the Lima Group – that resulted in
the ratification of Maduro as president. Since January 23, Venezuelans
in the millions have marched and demonstrated innumerable times all
across the country in support of Maduro as President and the Bolivarian
Revolution he embodies. The detractors may scoff at this manifestation
of political expression as not conforming to the acceptable norms of
democracy, let alone electoral procedures.
However, millions of Venezuelans have continuously – for close to three
months – voted with their feet and their voices. Can this experience
replace actual voting in a ballot box? Obviously, it cannot replace the
formality. Nonetheless, the ongoing “voting in the streets and
workplaces” is even more meaningful than a simple deposit in a ballot
box. In fact, on May 2 the Venezuelan armed forces “went to the polls”
once again to ratify what they voted for in May 2018.
It is only poetic justice that Maduro has strengthened his position as
the legitimate president despite, or rather as a result of U.S.
increased aggression. Maduro and the government know this, so does the
U.S. However, the U.S. cannot afford to admit it, as it challenges the
U.S.-centric view that people do not want socialism and revolution,
which is supposedly forced upon the people despite their will.
In addition to an electoral procedure serving as an excuse for U.S.
intervention, the charge that Maduro and the government are
“authoritarian” at best, or a dictatorship, irrespective of how he was
elected, also serves as a pretext. Why has the U.S. not been able to
overthrow the Maduro government? Is it because it is a dictatorship? No.
If it were indeed a dictatorship, it would be relatively easy for the
U.S. to win over the people, with a dose of naïveté, to free themselves
from their “oppressors.”
The U.S. could not succeed because of the civilian–military union.
Despite all the attempts, including the latest one on April 30, it
remains not only fully intact, but its consciousness, patriotism and
military strength have all been strengthened.
The fact that the already broad armed alliance is continuously sinking
its roots yet further into the communities that are arming themselves
(at their own request) makes what would normally be applauded as
democratization seen as another proof of dictatorship.
The U.S. is pitted against this force. Can the U.S. and its puppet offer
democracy? Its stated goal is to convert Venezuela into an economic and
political satellite of the U.S. In the face of this, the
civilian–military alliance and the Maduro government are the guarantee
of democracy for the majority of Venezuelans.
Thus, in yet another twist of irony, the very government that has been
dubbed a dictatorship, as a result of U.S. policy, is on a daily basis
acting – and more importantly, being seen by millions of Venezuelans –
as the instrument of democracy for Venezuela, and not the antithesis of it.
This consciousness is worth its weight in gold, and it is omnipresent in
society, including the military. The U.S. claims it wants democracy for
Venezuela, but the majority of Venezuelans are increasingly gripping on
to their own government as the instrument for maintaining – and
seemingly strengthening – democracy. Virtue is rewarded while infamy is
punished. Moreover, the way the situation is evolving, the U.S. is
destined to be punished time and time again, as it is blinded by its own
self-serving, preconceived views on democracy.
The Bolivarian Revolution’s resistance to the ongoing U.S.-led economic
and political war is going to be one of the most heroic chapters in
post-World War II Latin American history. Today, millions of Venezuelans
are writing history.
It is this very outcome that the critics of the Trump policy fear. Their
only difference with Trump is their claim that his economic/political
(and potential military) intervention is “counterproductive.” What does
that mean? They fear what they call “polarization.” This is a liberal
code word for the strengthening of Chavismo, which strikes fear in the
hearts and minds of the “left” opposition.
The Bolivarian Revolution metes out poetic justice against all the
accusations against it. It is turning the tables on history and on its
accusers, all the while increasingly winning the support of people
worldwide. This includes the people in the U.S. itself and in one of its
main allies, Canada. On the other hand, the U.S. government is
increasingly isolated. It is lashing out like a mad dog and swinging
wildly, such as on Cuba, and in the process isolating itself even
further on an international scale.
/The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not
necessarily reflect those of the Venezuelanalysis editorial staff./
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