In the interview of Hugo Chavez by Jose Vicente Rangel, shown today, but taped on Thursday, the Venezuelan President attempts to describe the successes and failures of his Presidency. In so doing, Chavez shows how tired and failed his revolution and his Presidency are. The “successes” are mostly old or in the end, failures, while the failures are mostly old too, remembrances of his most heroic days:
-Constituent Assembly which opened the doors to the new Constitution and Socialism
Well, this happened long ago (11 years to be precise) and he is changing history, the new Constitution, which he just ignores and violates lately, did not open the door to socialism, had nothing to do with socialism.
-Taking over PDVSA
Again this happened 8 years ago and so far all eh has managed to do is reduce the company’s ability to function, destroy its human and technological capabilities and reduce production.
Again, he said we were going into socialism long ago (2005?), but has yet to define it or even implemented. Socialism is not taking over companies and destroying them, nor taking over farms and abandon them. Socialism is not having a President wear fancy watches and buying armored Bentley’s to take him around. Socialism is not the creation of a wealthy “bolibourgeois class” that lives of the Government importing everything or the financial transactions it invents.
Thus, in his successes, nothing is recent, nothing is real, just smoke and mirrors of old political “victories”
On the failures:
-Having an “orthodox” economic policy in the first few years of his Government
Well, that is also old, but if he thinks the non-orthodox policies have been good, he should look at July’s CPI, a 2.7% increase, giving a 25% increase for the last 12 months and 4.8% increase in food prices in July alone.
-Lack of efficiency of his Government
The only constant in his failures, twelve years of consistent inefficiency.
-Having respected military hierarchy up to 2003.
Once again, something that happened long ago. Nothing would have changed if he had done it earlier, just the destruction of institutions would have been accelerated.
Without desiring it, Chavez has define, in both what he thinks were successes and failures, how tired his empty revolution is, he draws on a distant past. Nothing from the last six years, except the continued ineffectiveness of his Government.