Spain, moving towards Chavismo?

Spain now has a new political party, Podemos, whose role model is Hugo Chavez. its three founders served as advisers to the Chávez regime.

What could possibly go wrong?

For an answer to that questtion, let’s look at what The Economist is saying this week about Venezuela:

Hugo Chávez, who created and presided over the Bolivarian state-socialist system until his death in 2013, was repeatedly elected by Venezuelans, thanks to windfall oil revenues and his rapport with the poor. He took his majority as a mandate to squeeze the life out of Venezuelan democracy, seizing control of the courts and the electoral authority, and suppressing opposition media. Latin America’s governments acquiesced partly because they acknowledged his popular support.

Mr Maduro, though, lacks Chávez’s charisma and political skills—and his luck with the oil price. Crackpot economic policies have brought food shortages, soaring inflation and rising poverty.

Juan Carlos Monedero, Podemos leader and former Chavez advisor, is trying to downplay his links to chavismo, since his political adversaries are pointing out that Spain does not want undemocratic populist chaos, in spite of a long and very profitable (for him) association with the communist chavistas.

While Podemos is sliding in the polls,

Podemos could emerge as a broker, capable of mustering a governing majority with the Socialists and smaller leftist parties, according to Antonio Roldán, an analyst with international risk consulting firm Eurasia Group.
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“There’s every reason to think that Podemos is here to stay,” he said. “Come the election, it will have multiple options to play havoc.”

If it does, it would seem that Spain is hell-bent on becoming the next Greece.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog. Her grandparents left Spain in the 19th century.

Obama Is Hoping to Provoke you

Chaqtho:Chan Professor, I’m so sorry, but I must stop you. You’re destroying all our work tho.
Professor Yana (The Master)Oh. Now I can say I was provoked.

Doctor Who  Utopia 2007

The government of The United States is not legitimate.

Act accordingly.

Camp of the Saints

Back in June of 2013 I wrote about my fear that the left in general and the president in particular will eventually provoke the people into violence:

If enough people start thinking that in our well armed society, bad things happen.

As I wrote this warning I was working under the assumption that our friends agreed that such a result would be a horrible thing that should be avoided.

But As I watch the president continue to take provocative unconstitutional actions a question is gnawing at the back of my mind.concerning this.

What if the folks in the White House want to provoke violence?

What if the goal is to push and to push and to push some more to the point where people react in a violent way in order to justify the use of force to suppress said violence and bring in even more sweeping restrictions of rights?

Hey if you can’t find a violent Tea Party murderer to justify your arguments why not do your best to create one.

My suggestion?  Resist this trap, the Obama Administration has a limited lifespan we need to loudly oppose them without giving them the excuse or the propaganda excuse to do worse.

Exit thought:  Do you know what the worst part of this question is?  Five years ago if anyone suggested to me that an American administration would think along these lines I would have considered them crazy.

But then again if you suggested to the average russian in 1919 that the state would eventually starve millions they wouldn’t have believed you either.