Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Lopez at El Ciudadano

[UPDATED]  The good thing about this post is that it will be short.  Lopez did what he had to do, be firm, focused, with a vision.  No matter how hard the Ciudadano tried (I do not think he tried that hard), Leopoldo remained focused.

In short Lopez went on a lengthy explanation on his "security" proposal, trying to make it not to sound too right wing by including, adequately, that increased security of all will also pour its benefits in other sections of the economy and society.  Since the interview started with the Ciudadano questioning his trip to Colombia to meet Uribe, Lopez pointed out that the "economic miracle" of Colombia in the recent years could not have been possible if Uribe had not put some order int he country.  Thus brilliantly dodging the issue, including an idiotic attack by Diosdado Cabello today.

Otherwise there were two highlights in the presentation.

Eventually after lots of prodding by El Ciudadano Lopez acknowledged that the high levels of insecurity in Venezuela might also be a strategy of the regime.  A sick strategy for sure, I hurry to add, but a strategy as insecurity keep people at home instead of protesting in the streets against Chavez.  Never mind that the people for a little bit of increased security would be willing to accept in a not so distant future that Chavez cuts down Human Rigths.  Today Obama, coincidentally, criticized Chavez implying that he is a wannabe dictator, WaPo/AP and the BBC, which made it even more relevant that we have at least one candidate focusing strongly on Human Rights.  It will be interesting to see how far is Lopez willing to push this accusation of ill intentions of the regime.  Well handled it could change a lot the dynamic of the campaign.

The highlight that made us think the most, or wince in my case, came from a caller who was upset that Leopoldo Lopez did take upon Capriles in the last debate (when he offered him the post of education in his eventual administration).  This is really becoming a problem, that people do not understand what a primary campaign is all about (we never had a real one) and that too many of us look for a Messiah to take on Chavez and have no patience with democracy's apparent disorder.  Amen of the "comeflor" crowd who genuinely think that a language of love will overcome everything.  What Lopez replied is not important (he said justly that there must be more debate for more differentiation and that come what may on February 13 all will be united behind the winner), but the problem that is coming up with the Unidad candidates is that debating among themselves is alienating for too many people, and thus they may be reluctant to try it out, losing precious opportunities to polish debating strategies that may be needed against Chavez later.  Then again, this may all be a pet peeve of mine.

All in all Lopez gave a very solid performance and I must tie him up to the top, and perhaps, if the questions sent his way had been better he would have won outright this series.  Because the man came pumped up, be it by Uribe or recent polls, he reeked of optimism tonight and this never hurts.

Globovision did not offer at this typing any video of the show tonight.  I suppose because Lopez offered a public meeting today where he presented his security program, a semi-fat blue book.  So I must put up this presentation video from Globo in all fariness so you will have a look at the man today, even if not infront the Ciudadano.  I will change the video if Globo decided to put up an excerpt of tonight.

López: La inseguridad no es un problema que... por Globovision

UPDATE This series is about the general tone of the candidates as they visit Venezuela's top talk show, each in turn. At most I indicate the main points of their programs, not the details since it is more interesting here to evaluate their attitude in front of a questioning party. Their programs are best examined in a different series of posts to be written in January. Still, Bruni, long time reader did get from the post the motivation to dig further and wrote this follow up on Lopez (in Spanish).

And in all fairness if anyone is inspired to write in their blog or paper on the other guys inspired on this series, let me know and I will update those posts to include your text.


  1. Daniel, thank you for posting. I liked so much your video that I wrote a short post.


  2. ditto on the thanks.
    LL is definitely passionate on the subject of security. And that's an asset for someone who wants to carve out a political niche in that regard.
    May he continue strengthening his capabilities.

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  4. Anonymous2:28 PM

    What was all the hype from Diosdado Cabello? Why that reaction?

  5. Anonymous

    Because the opposition is learning to poke chavismo where it hurts the most.

    If Leopoldo is doing it with insecurity, Perez and Capriles are doing it on education and unemployment, Arria on the Cubans and corruption, and Machado on principles and families (not family values US style, on kids killed and mother's grieving).

    Since the regime is not only unable but unwilling to deal with these issues then the only option left for them is lunatic rants.

  6. A very good starting point. Here I leave a couple of interesting articles about insecurity. The first one is about the former PTJ. The second one about kidnapping in Venezuela:



    There was a conversation in CCs asking why people don't protest against insecurity anymore. Shouldn't the people from VP be organizing something like that? That would help carry on his message... It's not only about his plan, it's also about people channeling their frustration, about them identifing themselves with the problem.

  7. I think it is great that LL stresses the importance of lowering crime rates.

    The hierarchy of needs pyramid by Maslow which is paralleled by others and widely accepted ,shows the importance of security in human basic needs....without a basic sense of physical security( food and safety) it is very hard for us to concentrate on self esteem or achievements of any kind( like education for example)...Education is certainly important, but security HAS to come first.

    In a society where every day Chavez erodes a sense of trust and security it takes away the power of the people to fight back and to establish the inner confidence to create a meaningful life.

    Little by little people will increase their passivity which will allow them to accept the unacceptable.

    Below is a link to Maslow's Pyramid :


  8. Love the breezy psychology nuggets and referrals to complex theories without an associated and thorough understanding.

    As is often said, life is complicated. It can't be neatly described by a multi-colored pyramid, no matter how much a part-time student of psychology may wish so.

    There are a few needs that are more critical than public safety. In a chaotic society, these needs can often manifest themselves in a mish-mash with public safety, rather than in a prescribed little order.

  9. Syd,

    Nobody said things were simple. Put in an organizable chart just simplifies certain concepts, not all of them.

    Some people have spiritual needs over physical ones...for example.....but these charts are based on the majority which is what tends to control society.

    Now,for your psychological analysis mentioned below:

    "There are a few needs that are more critical than public safety. In a chaotic society, these needs can often manifest themselves in a mish-mash with public safety, rather than in a prescribed little order."

    Question? Are you a part time student of psychology, because I am not :)

  10. There was an American Michael Rowan, who used to write articles in El Universal. He wrote a book that was published by El Nacional. It was called "Como salir de Chavez y de la Pobreza", and he talks a bit about Maslow. His position, however, was a bit different. He said that Venezuelans are more concerned about status symbols than food and security. He also said that it was necessary to make people understand that food and shelter were prioritary, and that status simbols were secondary.
    There are another ideas in the book, but I find interesting that you mention it too.
    Whether Maslow makes any sense or not, well, that's an entirely different animal. Psychologist are non-conformist when it comes down to this theories, so I guess we should take them with a pinch of salt...

  11. Firepigette, you once informed me that you would take as many psychology courses as you could.

    It seemed to me then not to be a degree pursuit. But I could be wrong.

    I've noticed you've toned down the psychology lectures to us. Perhaps you've moved on to other related and spiritual realms, as per your other part-time interests.

    Enough spinning, dear.

  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=dhaWKnmvCwQ


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