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Monday, December 7, 2015

France and Venezuela: A Couple of Bright Lights in the Progressive Night

I could not listen to The One's speech on his "anti-terror strategy." I can't stand the cool, aloof, infuriating arrogance in his voice as he delivers vapid bromides, and speaks down to the little people. I, subsequently, read his speech, and I was right not to have listened to it, as well. Absurd. Our country, our way of life, our whole Western civilization is under assault from Islam, and this stupid little presentation is all he can come up with? Maybe some other time I will go through it, but I can't right now . . . it's just too easy to rip it apart for the progressive claptrap that it is.

Instead, let's quickly look at a couple of bright spots--and believe it or not, there are a couple, and both involve exercising the franchise and defying the progressive orthodoxy!

France.

I have written before about Marine Le Pen (here, for example) and the sort of terror she provokes in the comfortable elites that now rule and ruin the West. She has been labelled "far-right," fascist, xenophobic, etc., and threatened with legal action because she and her party, the FN (National Front), have dared question the progressive orthodoxy that dominates France's politics, elite media, universities, and entertainment industry.

It appears that the FN has won big in the first round of France's regional elections. Per the BBC,
The triumphant leader of the far-right National Front (FN), Marine Le Pen, says French voters rejected the "old political class" in regional elections that put her party top.
Nearly one-third of voters backed the anti-immigration FN, which won in six out of France's 13 regions. <...>
The nationalist FN got about 28%, ahead of the centre-right Republicans party led by former President Nicolas Sarkozy, which polled just under 27%, and the governing Socialist Party (PS), trailing with 23.5%.
We'll see what happens in the second round as the traditional parties seek to form alliances and come up with strategies to block the surging FN. In the meanwhile, I agree with POLITICO that,
The far-right National Front’s victory in the first round of French regional elections on Sunday will have an impact far beyond the composition of local governments and the shock it will have sent through the French political establishment. 
In every single European capital, politicians will ponder the results and wonder how an anti-immigration, anti-European movement could become France’s first political party. They will also worry about what it means for Europe in a time of crisis — economic and existential.
From Europe, we turn to the Americas.

Venezuela.

The past many years have been a dark time for the people of Venezuela.

I have written a great deal about the plight of Venezuela (here, here, here, here, here, for example) under the Chavez/Maduro evil clown circus. In one of those posts, I referred to a "slow motion coup" underway in oil-rich Venezuela by which Chavez/Maduro take apart the institutions of democracy bit by bit in the name of fighting "imperialism" and giving a level playing field to the poor (Bernie Sanders, are you there?) Opposition leaders who were too pesky suddenly found themselves afoul of the tax authorities, or accused of participating in vague gringo-backed plots against The Revolution. The opposition had a hard time getting its act together: first, because of the oppression aimed against it; second, because of the lack of international support--especially from the US--for democracy in Venezuela; and third, of course, because of its own bad strategy and tactics. It seems this time the opposition got its act together just as the regime implodes along with oil prices. Maduro simply does not have the loyalty of the "revolutionary" elites--e.g., in the military, in Hollywood, in Cuba--in the same way as did the much more charismatic, smart, and devious Chavez. The Congressional elections held yesterday have produced a sweeping victory for the opposition which has taken at least 99 of the 167 seats in the legislature. Pre-election polls had shown some 85% of the population fed up with the direction of Venezuela and dissatisfied with Maduro.

The economic outlook for Venezuela is extremely dire. What the opposition-dominated Congress can do to reverse the Chavez/Maduro decline is an open question, and one I leave to those more versed in Venezuelan politics than I (check the excellent Fausta's Blog). The Venezuelan Congress has lost a great deal of power, and the Maduro regime remains a lawless one. That regime, however, I think, will be more constrained than in the past as the military and other power brokers, clearly, did not support any potential move to suspend the elections or to engage in wide-spread vote rigging to favor Maduro. I repeat, this is a spot of light in a very dark picture, but . . . you never know, freedom and liberty have a way of winning the day.

Just a little bit of hope . . .

34 comments:

  1. I was similarly hopeful on the election of the conservative Abbott government in Australia; what I had not counted on was the subsequent unrelenting campaign against him personally by the media and the progressives that was as vituperative as it was dishonest and which ultimately took a toll on low information voters and lead to his removal.

    I really brought home that the progressives don't accept electoral defeat; and they will say and do just about anything to bring down a government of any persuasion that they see as pursuing policies different to their own.

    Wait for the furious anger that will fall upon Le Pen.

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    1. We need to buy a major newspaper and at least one television network. Fox is way, way too far into the soppy Left.

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    2. Yes, I absolutely agree. Why is it that Conservatives haven't bought a single newspaper or magazine? I don't understand it.
      But, let the destruction of Le Pen begin...

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    3. Yes, I absolutely agree. Why is it that Conservatives haven't bought a single newspaper or magazine? I don't understand it.
      But, let the destruction of Le Pen begin...

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  2. . . . "you never know, freedom and liberty has a way of winning the day."

    Aye Aye Dip!

    >>-Damn the Torpedoes!-> Full Speed Ahead! ;)

    "Let's Roll"

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    1. As long as they aren't american ww II torpedoes. Those things almost cost us the war in the pacific.
      leaperman

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  3. Our western way of life is under threat by Islam currently, but has been weakened over the last half century by Leftism. I am wondering, is it the French who are always so fearful of Marine le-Pen, or is it more likely Parisians? I'm told Parisians are held in contempt by much of the countryside.

    Good news in Venezuela. But the fight is just beginning. Too many current Bolivarian strongmen in that neighborhood won't sit idly by and let the status quo be upended. If America had an American president, we could offer widespread coverage and praise for the Venezuelan people and their struggle. But alas, we have a sympathizer of the Bolivarian strongmen.

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  4. Thank you for your kind words.


    Indeed, "the military and other power brokers, clearly, did not support any potential move to suspend the elections or to engage in wide-spread vote riggin to favor Maduro." El Nuevo Herald and El Pais have more on that (in Spanish - I'll post on it in English later).
    http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/mundo/america-latina/venezuela-es/article48522010.html and http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/12/07/america/1449524763_826458.html

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  5. That is because he is a traitor.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2015/12/obama_appoints_fox_to_guard_the_hen_house.html

    He appoints an anti-western communist jew hater as terror expert?

    leaperman

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  6. The Venezuelan Congress has lost a great deal of power, and the Maduro regime remains a lawless one.

    Didn't Argentina face a similar situation once upon a time? The names "Allende" and "Pinochet" are echoing through my gray matter...

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    1. Ah, thanks. I knew it was somewhere down there. Suppose I could've checked before posting:-).

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  7. Mr. Mad,
    This is O/T, but it's been rattling around in my brain. There has been a lot of talk about international norms and treaties lately Which in the past I felt was somewhat silly and misguided, but now dangerous. An example is that for years I've argued that NATO for instance is nothing more than a social club. I realize that in the past treaties and organizations were merely screens or pretexts for behind the scenes maneuvering, but it's seems even more pronounced than ever. Sorry about the disorganized thoughts on this, but it's late.

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    1. James.
      When a Nato country like Turkey is enabling ISIS to ship oil directly through them to ports..to ship it to Israel? (Is that RIGHT?!!!) and a soviet plane is shit down by isis on Turkish land....
      One has to wonder who is the bad guys?
      Methinks they all are.
      In this actuality, I am surprised to be thinking that Putin is actually the less guilty of us all.
      also..what marine le penne said is VERY relevant...

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzX9zuO3kNI]
      The United STATES....OBAMA SPECIFICALLY is culpable also....and the liberal media is lying by ommission of facts.
      leaperman

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  8. Definitely mixed feelings on Le Pen. She has abandoned her father's free market views, and moved somewhere to the left of Bernie Sanders on the economy.

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    1. I didn't know that.]
      leaperman

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  9. Interesting that the "Progressives" want diversity, except:

    - Not in the cars you can drive (no hot rods, big trucks, SUV's)
    - Not in the food you eat (no meat, no fat, no sugar, no salt)
    - Not in the clothes you wear (no fur, no leather)
    - Not in the sports you play (no hunting, no full contact football, no riding a bike without a helmet, must have pads when skateboarding)
    - Not in our methods of celebration (no fireworks)
    - Not in the political party you vote for (no Republicans)
    - Not in the manner in which you speak (no PC rule violations)

    Uncle Ted Nugent would be a better president than a Progressive.

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