Maybe it is time for Americans to think about the Chavezing of America. By that term it is meant, we need to get rid of what does not work for the majority of Americans. And replace it with a government that does serve the needs of the majority of people.
With the end result being a government that empowers the people. Creating liberty, fairness and social justice where no American citizen is left behind. A government that promotes integrity and moral values, absent religious or government prejudices. Let the people define integrity and moral values. After all, that is what defines a democracy, is it not so?
But first, a little about some forgotten history. In 2002, President Hugo Chavez, liberated his countries oil fields from the capitalists conglomerates. Some with deep roots upon American soil. Who reek the same greed, upon hard pressed for cash, the American consumer. He then forms a board of directors to manage his nations oil production which is now under state control. This board is known as Petroleos de Venezuela.
All of this met with the disapproval of the capitalist community. If, you can dig deep into your memory banks. They staged a strike telling the work force that the Chavez government has put their jobs at risk. After a brief clash with government troops, the government was able to demonstrate that their jobs were not at stake. In fact the government told them, with the government in control of oil production their jobs would be more secure. The economy would boom, and more workers would be needed. Which appears to be a rare golden nugget of truth. Then the Chavez government promised to empower the people and create liberty, fairness, and social justice. Another golden nugget of truth! Then the government provided an example. Creating the peoples board of directors of Petroleos de Venezuela. The people were able to see that the board was absent any of the capitalists oppressors of liberty, fairness, and economic inequality which had dominated the oil industry. Resulting in yet a third golden nugget of rare truth from a government! They cheered the governments early reform efforts. May Americans be inspired to believe that we can more than duplicate the Venezuelan model.
Even today the opposition to the Chavez government continues to come from the capitalists conglomerates. They do everything they can to undermine the Chavez governments efforts. They do this by attempting to create chaos and economic instability. Often with success, as is occurring in America today, for awhile it succeeded in Venezuela.
They use the newspapers, radio, and television to assert their self serving monopoly over the the people. Their control of the media outlets is their favorite tool for undermining the real state of affairs in any nation. From that monopoly, they were able to mount a coup which over threw the government of Hugo Chavez. The Venezuelan President was arrested and placed under military detention. They quickly installed an interim government. Which fell shortly thereafter because of the power of the people.
People determined to enjoy a government by the people and for the people need to put serious controls over all media outlets. Failure to do so will undermine sincere efforts for the creation of a democratic government. Because the capitalists media dominate every aspect of public life. The people in the news media get their pay checks from their capitalists controlled news media monopolist. They are forced to slant and spin the news the way their capitalists bosses demand or no pay check. The lesson is simple. Every aspect of the capitalists news operation must be shut down! They can not be allowed to spread lies and unrest among the people.
A free media works, when it has only one boss-the people! A democratic free people want the truth even when it hurts. For today, that means the absence of the Cheney’s and Bush’s, along with the McCain’s and Obama’s.
Two days after President Chavez was arrested. He was released and returned to govern the nation. The reason the coup failed was because Mr. Chavez had the support of the great masses of ordinary Venezuelan people and key military officers within his government. Solidarity works along with oneness of purpose.
Another valuable lesson is that a government can not be overthrown if it has the support of the people. The Venezuelan people took a picture from our own American revolution and made it work for themselves. We Americans need to create some new pictures and reinvent another revolution.
Despite the power of money the capitalists inside Venezuela could not master a successful coup against the peoples President. Because the President was able to show the people that his government was one of liberty, fairness, and social justice through the empowerment of the people. The Venezuelan people took another picture from our revolution of more than two centuries ago. By wanting democracy so badly, that not even the great wealth and military might of great Britain could stifle their determination.
The Venezuelan government impressed other governments in the region. They were able to help put forth an agreement which the capitalists opposition within Venezuela signed. This document established the working relationship between Venezuela and other governments in the region. One purpose of the agreement was to stabilize the Venezuelan society. With that accomplished Venezuela and the other nations in the region would prosper. And the rest is history with one dictatorial government following after another fallen government. With each in their own way establishing a Venezuelan styled government. Where differences in governance is respected because it is the democratic way. What is of interest is that these fallen dictatorial governments were puppets of the United States. Clearly indicating that United States is only about power and wealth. Americanism today has nothing to do with the real concrete needs and desires of the people any where in the world.
Even today despite signing the agreement the capitalists continued to create unrest whenever they can. They presented petitions to the governments electoral boards demanding a referendum on Chavez’s presidency and other democratically elected governments in the region. But the good news is that despite the capitalists agitators continued attempts to return nation after nation to old styled dictatorships. They fail, and the people even in greater numbers affirm overwhelmingly their taste for democracy.
Governing in Venezuela has not been easy for President Chavez. The constant turmoil created by the nations capitalists elite has caused much unrest. Hindered economic and social reform for the nation and the world. But despite the evil that abounds, the good continues to overcome the evil. May it happen in America, and it will if the people want it bad enough.
Shortly after his return to office President Chavez and the nations of the region create an oil company for the area. Thirteen nations are participating in this cooperative. One purpose is to provide the nations of the region with oil at huge reduced discounts. Another purpose is ease the pain of soaring fuel prices for the people who can least afford to pay more.
Venezuela has offered to help America. We Americans are burdened by soaring fuel prices which is increasing misery among Americans. But of course this American government lives in fear that Americans might see democracy at work and want it for themselves. So of course, all help was shunned. Instead this government would rather pay more for a barrel of oil on the open markets. Than become the fourteenth nation to sign on to the Venezuelan pact.
One can only imagine that such a plan for the Caribbean nations is not settling well with American capitalists. They must be horrified at such a plan in their own backyard. The Venezuelan plan for America includes more than just oil. It also offered medical care for the millions of Americans with out health insurance. Picking a plum from the Castro government in Cuba which has made similar offers of health care.
Despite the United States open opposition to the government of Hugo Chavez and the new democratic governments within the region. Which includes U.S. funding of the opposition with American tax dollars to over throw such governments. Which includes assassination attempts on presidents, shunning Washington’s demands for profits over people. The intervention of the U.S. into the internal affairs of Venezuela dates back to 1947. And no doubt, will continue there, and among the other governments in the region who have turned away from Washington’s corruption.
It is refreshing to see the governments of the Caribbean making life a little easier for ordinary people instead of the greedy capitalists. Perhaps America will join the club.
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