Uuuy, how scary!!! By Teodoro Petkoff

February 20, 2006

I got my wish rather quickly in this Editorial by Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual

Uuuy, how scary!!! By Teodoro Petkoff

Chavez is “studying” the possibility of reforming the
Constitution to rule until his body can take it. The condition to fulfill this
threat would be that no opposition candidates participate in December and let
him running alone. Which, of course and can be discounted, according that that
frankly idiotic logic that sees even in the most trivial transportation strike a
“maneuver of imperialism” would also be a move by the empire. Forget your hypocrisy
and throw once and for all your pig’s tail to reform the Constitution, You have
always wanted that and for a long time you have been looking for the argument
to consecrate the lifetime Presidency. Stop play acting and “echale bolas” (go
ahead and do it) once and for all! We will se how Venezuelans respond to that
tyrannical initiative.

If Chavez thinks that, then “abort the maneuver by imperialism”
removing the oxygen that would be the argument to withdraw the candidacies of
the opposition: the electoral system and the Electoral Board (CNE). Exercise
your influence as President so that the CNE to be designated is and appears to
be honest, contributes to put in black and white the electoral conditions, a
large part of which, by the way, were advanced by the CNE and the political parties
of the opposition before the parliamentary elections and should be ratified now,
in writing with the CNE to complete what was advanced before last December 4th.
 Chavez can be sure that if they come out
with a CNE that is a clone of the current CNE and that there will be no audit
of the voting machines nor suppression of the fingerprint machines nor
publication of the electoral registry nor manual counting of the ballots and
the gross use of the advantages of being Government currently in use is maintained,
it would be uphill to participate in an electoral process that would present
the same vices and defects that were already detected and made public by the
OAS as well as the European Union. Under those conditions not participating
will have nothing to do with imperialism nor with coup plotting, but with the
human condition of not behaving like imbeciles nor lending ourselves to a pantomime.
If Chavez wants competition, play fair. Don’t be afraid nor “shield” your
electoral efforts with tricks. If you are so sure of the ten million votes,
then go look for them in a fair fight. Don’t protect yourself neither under a
sold umpire, nor with balls with saliva nor changing the rules each inning. Play
fair to see if it is true the country accompanies you with so much inefficiency,
so much corruption, so much blabbing, so many unfair advantages, so much
discrimination and partiality, so much poverty.

The funniest thing is that Chavez considers the things he
said as “a lesson in true politics”. Perhaps he believes that these
trivialities about continuity are deserving of a Machiavelli or a Napoleon. Get
off that cloud “commander in chief” A guy who was particularly mediocre like
Perez Jimenez had the same idea. By the way, it did not work out well for him.

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