Los principales líderes de la oposición deben pronunciarse nacionalmente e internacionalmente ante el golpe de Estado del gobierno.
— Leopoldo Castillo (@elcitizen) December 27, 2014
The main leaders of the opposition must express themselves [condemn?] nationally and internationally as to the coup from the government.
Oh my, oh my! Kind of late, no?
There is no doubt that the recent appointment of the "poder moral", the CNE and the high court (in a few hours) have been done against the constitution, never mind its spirit. No doubt whatsoever, even for chavismo whose brazen hurry in the whole thing is as perfect a confession as you could hope for.
So, why am I amused?
It is funny that suddenly so many people who have prided themselves of a certain circumspection in the past, or who denounced the dictatorship and forgot about it, are suddenly so vocal on the subject. And Castillo is not the one I have in mind specifically: I am certain he was aware of the dictatorship for a long time but his social notoriety and duties inhibited him from loud accusations no matter how true these could be. But he has waited too long for it, just as the opposition MUD has waited too long for a credible reaction now.
See, all that happened this week, all that happened when the election was stolen from Capriles in 2013, all that happened when the succession of Chavez was crassly manipulated, all the legal delays that should have never been, the firing of elected representatives, and more, all comes from the basic self neutering of the national assembly elected in 2010.
For those who do not read this blog with the regularity you should :-), the scheduled national assembly election of December 2010 was advanced illegally by three months. The regime rightly expected that it would lose the 2/3 majority it needed to rule unfettered. The prediction having been fulfilled the regime had sill in place for 3 months the outgoing assembly that, in spite of losing its legitimacy, decided on an enabling law that lasted 18 month and which gave Chavez the necessary absolute control to rule until his reelection campaign in 2012.
That enabling law was, as far as this blog was concerned, a coup and should have been denounced vigorously by the opposition. Yet, this one accepted to take its seats. The more unacceptable that the outgoing assembly did also change the rules of the assembly allowing the chavista "majority" to effectively silence the debate and control attributions of opposition representatives.
That is why I am amused: where is the credibility of the opposition today to denounce that, say, Tibisay Lucena remains at the helm of the electoral board CNE to allow all sorts of electoral cheating? Now that it is public and notorious that some "leaders" of the MUD like Ramos Allup are "negotiating" to preserve their interests I doubt very much that anything will even be attempted from the MUD, no matter what Castillo wishes. What is discouraging people to vote are not the multiple coups perpetrated by the regime, but the absolute distrust that some in the MUD now inspire, its loss of the little bit of backbone it had until 2012. For all practical purposes the 2015 elections are already lost. The worst is that the regime may actually not need to cheat!
I wrote a series of portraits in Spanish as to some of those responsible for the dictatorship and those responsible specifically for the 2010 coup. Clearly, at least one person knew that today would come.
Ah! And least I forget, as far as I am concerned this has been a dictatorship since 2004.
Is it possible that I am the lone Cassandra in this fucking joint?