The only way I can explain it, the only way I can show to people how this does affect me as a regular Venezuelan citizen, is by making the exercise of putting my self in their shoes. I don’t know if this will prove anything to you, I just have the duty to present you the facts just as the way they look to me.
So from this line forward, turn on the sarcasm. Thank you very much.
If you are a true revolutionary, then, prior to following the logic (fallacy?) that it will be presented in the next lines, you must get rid of all previous existent structures that rule your mind. All those concepts of what it should be and what it shouldn’t. This includes things like Constitution, laws, Institutions, what to do with the election results, democracy in general and a long list of etceteras. After all, those structures are nothing but the agonizing parts of an agonizing system: capitalism; aren’t they?
Once you have done that, you are ready to understand the logic behind the new system: socialism (our socialism, the Bolivarian one, that’s how we call it but we don’t really know what it is) as I will expose it to you in a few principles. Please keep in mind that those principles (as in any revolution) can change without notice or warning on special occasions (meaning, anytime). Without any further introduction, here we go.
1. Always, always remember this: Chavez = people. Chavez = Revolution. Chavez =Politics. Chavez =election results. Chavez = Institutions. Now in Revolutionary math, the symbol = what it really means if we put it next to “Chavez” is this ≥ (meaning, for us, equal, and above). If Chavez says “ah”, we say “ah”. If Chavez jumps, we jump. This is the first and foremost of all principles.
2. Election results, if and only if they truly respect the power of the people (meaning, if we, the revolutionaries win) should only be considered by their symbolic meaning.
I know this might sound complicated for you, with a capitalist logic still f… your brain, to understand but let me give you an example that it will make it all clear and might even sound slightly familiar to you.
Let’s say we propose an amendment to the Constitution, ok? The focus of the Amendment is to allow to any president, governor or mayor in Venezuela to present his candidacy on re-election for as many times as they wish. Now, let’s say that we did this because our leader, face, reason, meaning, Alpha, Omega and Beta and Gamma of our Revolution: Chavez wants to rule for a few more years. So it’s easy: if people vote “yes” they are not voting for the possibility of re-election of any candidate but symbolically, for Chavez to rule forever and ever. If people vote “no”, they (are f… crazy, capitalist, imperialist, blind, oligarchs…) don’t like Chavez.
Lets suppose the “yes” wins on this election, meaning we won but we not only won a Constitutional Amendment only but a blank check which allows Chavez to do what he pleases (is that legal?). Why do we do that? Because we consider that the real election results are the symbolic one. If this is a symbolic victory for Chavez we take it as being real. And if Chavez wons, that means that a Chavez victory is equal and above at the same time of everything else.
3. A recent Chavez victory will erase all previous – if any – (oligarch, traitors, lackeys of the empire) opposition victories; even if they are not related at all with the issues which have been voted on each election.
Again, I should explain this with an example. Let’s keep with the story presented in principle number 2 (because it was like fun). Let’s pretend that just a couple of months before Chavez won on the Constitutional Amendment referendum we just talked about; a regional elections were held in the country where we choose governors and mayors (yep, it has nothing to do with referendums and Constitutional Amendment). Let's pretend we did not win there, or not totally because the (cheaters, corrupt people, imperialist) opposition won in a few key states and municipalities.
So after that, a referendum comes, Chavez comes out with a victory and then he can make a few moves: such as asking to his assembly to approve a new de-centralization (meaning, centralization) law that will reduce the powers and incomes the opposition mayors and governors have. He can take away a few airports and ports and highways. He can also, for example, open investigations based on corruption charges (or any, it doesn’t matter) to get rid of a certain mayor from office. He can also ask for yet one more law to put a new authority, a new mayor(let's call it “chief” for keeping the appearances ok?) to rule in Caracas over the one who actually won in the regional elections just a few months ago.
(What about the people who voted for those governors and mayors?). Never mind, every time Chavez wins, the (manipulated, antipatriotic, blind) opposition's previous victories can be easily erased. No regrets. No looking back. (note aside, you don't necessarily need a new Chavez victory to erase a previous opposition one, but that is material for another entry)
4. Last but not least, I will explain a principle that should be obvious by now but you can’t trust yourself since you have been raised with the use of a capitalist way of thinking… so who knows? It takes time to become the new man our system wants. But it will take me just one simple formula to explain this to you, if you don’t know it already.
I always knew that math could be very helpful to understand the intricate revolutionary logic. So, in the first principle we propose a formula for understanding what Chavez is. For the (put a long list of senseless insults here) so- called opposition we can also propose a formula. If Chavez is equal (means, equal and above) to all, then the opposition will be equal to the result of the number one divided by zero (yes, I’m not kidding). Always. I hope there is no further explanation needed. No justifications. No dialogue (Dialogue? Really? Does that exist?). Nothing.
PS: Any similarities with the reality are mere coincidences...