There were a couple of interesting things happening this week in South America. Little was heard of it on the major USA media since nothing but Trump Bashing matters to them. I think there are lessons here for the Global Governance Elite. Those folks who wish to grab power and hold it dear. You know, the folks running the EU, the Democrats Deep State, the Neo-Cons In Exile…
First off, in Venezuela, things have gotten even worse. So bad that the Judicial branch voted to strip all legislative power from the congress. This, as you might think, caused some rankle as the people had elected that congress in the hopes it might fix things.
Then, in Paraguay, they had a tiff over an attempt by their present President, Horacio Cartes, to not, um, go home. (Dear Madam Clinton: Please consider what happens to those who do not heed the wisdom in the song “How can I miss you if you won’t go away?”…) They had a dictator for almost forever, and when the finally got rid of him, made it the Law that you get one term, then you go home. This guy was trying to undo that.
In response, The People “expressed their will”. They burned down Parliament. (Dear EU Parliament: Please consider that. A Lot. In a related thought, perhaps we ought to have a Greek Festival Day in Brussels… BBQ “near” the lawn…)
Now, in a move that surprised everyone, the President of Venezuela (you know, the ex-Bus Driver) mused that maybe it was a Bad Idea for the court to take legislative power to itself and the court, in a move astonishing no one, rescinded their earlier order. Guess no “Toasty Robe Baked Chicken” in Caracas this weekend…
It amazes me just how much crap folks will put up with before they “go postal” and finally say “To Hell With It, burn it all down!”. Yet more surprising is that given the very long history of such things, Politicians globally and in all cultures regularly push to that limit and risk “The French Haircut” of revolution. Something in the nature of the Political Class makes them blind to it. Perhaps the mass noun for a large collection of Politicians (like a “pride of lions” or a “murder of crows”) ought to be “An Arrogance Of Politicians”. So you could have news reports like “An arrogance of Politicians met in Paris this week to discus Climate Change”.
Ah, well. We’ll see if the EU Parliament can learn from history, or even from the recent news in South America. (The UK Parliament seems a bit more clueful, having actually listened to the resolution of The People in their referendum. Though I note in passing that recently they are saying that in order to remove the yoke of EU law they must incorporate all of it into UK law first. Say what? I thought the point was to dump that crap…)
Well it makes for interesting times. Here in the USA, the ousted Democrats are trying their best to be sand in the teeth of everyone else and shoes in the gears of the Government (yes, as in ‘sabot’ in our ‘age’…) They are also inciting riot via funding and “organizing” violent attacks on We The People who voted in Trump. It is a very poor tactic to violently confront the people you wish to have vote for you ‘next time’. It tends to form “Steely Resolve” instead. At this point, I’d not vote for Jesus Christ if he were running as a Democrat. Not until Pelosi, Schumer, and that ilk are sidelined and sHrillary shuts the Fup. Oh, and they blow off Soros as “not good for them”… (BTW, that does NOT mean I’m “in the bag” for Republicans. There are plenty of other choices with special note of Libertarians and Bernie. I’ll take Bernie over the present crop of Dims any day for the single reason that he is open about his desires. I’d fight some policies of his, but be comfortable knowing he advocates honestly for what he wants.)
We have a “none of the above” as POTUS in Trump. Fence sitting between classical Liberal and Progressive values on many things. Not beholden to any party machinery. Either the Republican Party realizes that and starts to support him honestly, or they can deal with a very large “independent” movement. (That does NOT mean having the Freedom Caucus knuckle under to the Republican Party just because Trump says too. It means to work with Trump for the people and not for your own political avarice nor mega-donor largess. Folks like Ryan and McCain are the problem with the Party.)
IMHO, the lesson from South America is really a simple one:
Work for The People, or eventually they will burn your house down.
With Trump, We The People sent an emissary for orderly change. So far, between the Neo-Cons and the Dimocrats, they are doing their best to prevent such orderly change. They MUST fail. The alternative is disorderly change. THAT is the lesson of South America (and of all of history, really. What is Nero remembered for?)
The reference material, chosen at semi-random given what was served up by the web search engine:
Hey, Serioso, I’m going to quote the NY Times here in this first one, just for you! Per Venezuela stripping the legislature:
Venezuela Muzzles Legislature, Moving Closer to One-Man Rule
By NICHOLAS CASEY and PATRICIA TORRES MARCH 30, 2017
IQUITOS, Peru — Venezuela took its strongest step yet toward one-man rule under the leftist President Nicolás Maduro as his loyalists on the Supreme Court seized power from the National Assembly in a ruling late Wednesday night.
The ruling effectively dissolved the elected legislature, which is led by Mr. Maduro’s opponents, and allows the court to write laws itself, experts said.
The move caps a year in which the last vestiges of Venezuela’s democracy have been torn down, critics and regional leaders say, leaving what many now describe as not just an authoritarian regime, but an outright dictatorship.
“What we have warned of has finally come to pass,” said Luis Almagro, the head of the Organization of American States, a regional diplomacy group that includes Venezuela and is investigating the country for violating the bloc’s Democratic Charter.
Mr. Almagro called the move a “self-inflicted coup,” a term used in Latin America to denote takeovers typical of the 1990s in Guatemala and Peru — but virtually unheard-of in the region today.
Recent months have seen a swift consolidation of power by Mr. Maduro as scores of political prisoners have been detained without trial, protesters violently repressed and local elections postponed. In taking power from the National Assembly, the ruling removed what most consider to be the only remaining counterbalance to the president’s growing power in the country.
The court said that lawmakers were “in a situation of contempt,” and that while that lasted, the justices themselves would step in to “ensure that parliamentary powers were exercised directly by this chamber, or by the body that the chamber chooses.” It did not say whether it might hand power back.
Members of the National Assembly denounced the ruling on Thursday.
“They have kidnapped the Constitution, they have kidnapped our rights, they have kidnapped our liberty,” said Julio Borges, the opposition lawmaker who heads the body, holding a crumpled copy of the ruling before reporters on Thursday.
Oneida Guaipe, an opposition lawmaker from the country’s central coast, said the body would continue to do its work, even if its laws would now be ignored when it produced legislation. “This is demonstrating before the world the authoritarianism here,” she said. “The people chose us through a popular vote.”
The ruling was also a challenge to Venezuela’s neighbors, which met in Washington this week to put pressure on the country to hold elections, and to discuss a possible expulsion of Venezuela from the O.A.S. on the grounds that the country is not democratic.
Last week, the United States, Canada and a dozen of Latin America’s largest nations called for Mr. Maduro to recognize the National Assembly’s powers, a rare joint statement that reflected deep impatience with his government.
“We consider it a serious setback for democracy in Venezuela,” the United States State Department said on Thursday of the court decision. Peru withdrew its ambassador in protest.
David Smilde, an analyst from the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights advocacy group, said it might now be up to Venezuela’s neighbors to encourage the country to hold elections again, given resistance from within the government. “The Maduro government seems to have no intention of respecting the basic elements of electoral democracy,” he said.
Critics say a long litany of other moves by the government are taking a toll on Venezuela’s democracy. Perhaps most visible to Venezuelans was an effort last year to hold a recall referendum against the president, whose popularity is sinking along with the country’s collapsing economy.
While such a referendum was permitted by the country’s Constitution, and highly favored in polls, Mr. Maduro alternatively called the effort illegal or a coup staged by his opponents. In October, a lower court suspended the process on the grounds that there had been irregularities in the gathering of signatures.
Meanwhile, political prisoners continued to be arrested. In January, Mr. Maduro established a new “anti-coup commando” to round up political dissidents accused of treason. The group has taken aim at members of the opposition, arresting many, including a city councilman from central Venezuela and a deputy lawmaker in the National Assembly.
Then the next day:
Protesters burn Paraguay parliament over constitutional reform bill
Apr 1, 2017, 05.33PM IST AFP
ASUNCION (PARAGUAY): Furious protesters stormed Paraguay’s legislature, ransacked lawmakers’ offices and set fires after senators approved a law allowing the country’s president to be re-elected.
The unrest late on Friday left about 30 people injured, including three lawmakers, according to firefighters and an opposition senator.
Right-wing President Horacio Cartes is seeking to reform the constitution to let him run for office again in an election in 2018 after his current term ends.
Paraguay is still recovering from the 35 year-long dictatorship of general Alfredo Stroessner (1954-1989).
To chants of “Dictatorship never again!” hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police and broke into the congress building, battering down entrances and fences and shattering windows.
Once inside, the demonstrators ransacked the offices of lawmakers who backed the reform and started fires, television images showed.
Flames could be seen coming from large parts of the building.
Police used mounted units and water cannon to try and disperse the rioters.
Calm was restored around midnight on Friday (0400 GMT Saturday) at the building, where large numbers of police remained on alert.
Cortes’ allies in the upper house of the legislature passed the bill on Friday, sidestepping resistance from opponents who say it clears the way for dictatorships.
The vote took place in the Senate offices as the main assembly hall was occupied by senators from the opposition Liberal Party which opposes the reforms.
Opposition senator Luis Wagner said those injured included Senate speaker Roberto Acevedo, lawmaker Edgar Ortiz, who was hit in the mouth by a rubber bullet fired by police, and Efrain Alegre, who lost to Cartes in the 2013 presidential elections.
Acevedo has challenged the bill in the Supreme Court, arguing it is unconstitutional.
The measure was scheduled to be considered Saturday in the lower house Chamber of Deputies, where the president has a majority.
But after the rioting Chamber president Hugo Velazquez announced that the vote was postponed, and said he was shocked by the violence.
“I hope that calm and harmony will return,” Velazquez said in a televised message.
Since 1992 Paraguay has banned re-election in an attempt to avoid a return to dictatorships such as that of Stroessner.
By removing the ban, the reform will also allow left-wing former president Fernando Lugo to run again for office. He held power from 2008 to 2012.
If it is approved by the two houses, the measure is expected to be put to a referendum within three months.
The opposition condemned the move as a “parliamentary coup” and called for “resistance.”
“It is a dictatorial plan by Horacio Cartes with the complicity of Ferdinand Lugo,” said Senator Carlos Amarilla.
Cartes labeled the demonstrators “barbarians”, and blamed the violence on “a group of Paraguayans embedded in politics and the media aimed at destroying democracy and political and economic stability.”
“Democracy is not won or defended by violence,” he said on his Twitter account.
“We continue to live in a state of law and we must not allow barbarians to destroy the peace, tranquility and welfare of the people.”
Then, quick as can be, as soon as the sun rises over the smoldering Parliament:
Denounced as dictatorship, Venezuela backs down, reverses court’s ruling on legislature’s powers
By Mariana Zuñiga and Nick Miroff April 1 at 11:17 AM
CARACAS, Venezuela — On the instructions of President Nicolás Maduro, Venezuela’s top court on Saturday walked back its attempt to incapacitate the country’s opposition-controlled parliament, a move that triggered condemnation across the Americas.
The announcement Saturday morning came just minutes before Venezuelan protesters gathered to march through the streets of Caracas and denounce what they called a coup that handed Maduro dictatorial powers.
The latest court ruling preserves Maduro’s executive authority for the purposes of entering into joint-venture business investments, deals that are supposed to require lawmakers’ approval. But the court said its new decision replaces the previous decision that appeared to completely neuter the National Assembly.
Maduro declared on national television just after midnight Saturday that “the controversy had been overcome” after convening an emergency meeting of his national security council, which told the court to revise its decision in the interest of “maintaining institutional stability.”
Government opponents were hardly placated by the moves, calling them a “circus” that reflects a broader erosion of democratic norms and a government drowning from incompetence. They planned to go forward with their protest Saturday.
Maduro has essentially run Venezuela by decree since his United Socialist party lost control of parliament in 2015 amid chronic shortages of food and medicine. Since then, the country’s humanitarian crisis has worsened, but Maduro’s government has not given his opponents an inch.
Saturday’s decision indicated that the government realized it had crossed a line. Luisa Ortega, the country’s top prosecutor, broke ranks in dramatic fashion Friday, saying the court’s decision “broke” the constitution.
With international criticism raining down and neighboring countries yanking their ambassadors from Caracas, Maduro attempted to characterize the controversy as a dispute between different branches of government, proof of the country’s separation of powers.
In reality, Maduro has loaded the court with loyalists, and critics say he has used its chambers as a rubber stamp to block any attempt to check his power or put the country on a different course.
“I’m sick of protesting, but I’m just as sick of standing in line for hours to find something to eat,” said Julio César Díaz, 69, a Caracas resident who came to protest Saturday and struggles to survive on a meager pension. He joined a small crowd of demonstrators gathering in a city square where opposition lawmakers planned to hold a protest.
“I voted for this parliament, and this decision violates the constitution and my rights,” said Ignacio Wells, 59, an ophthalmologist. “My patients can’t even find basic things like eye drops.”
From the “You MUST drink the poison to excape the poison” (or perhaps ‘drink the cool-aid to find out what is in it’) department, the UK is planning to adopt wholesale all the EU Laws that they are attempting to escape via BREXIT. Definitely from the “We Want A French Haircut” school of Political Listening Skills.
PM’s plan to adopt EU laws blasted as ‘great Brexit betrayal’ by furious fishermen
THE GOVERNMENT’s plan to adopt all EU law once Britain quits the bloc has been branded the “great betrayal of Brexit” by furious fishermen.
By Greg Heffer, Political Reporter
15:11, Mon, Oct 10, 2016 | UPDATED: 18:16, Mon, Oct 10, 2016
Ahead of the Conservative Party conference last week, Theresa May set out her proposal for a Great Repeal Bill to end the supremacy of Brussels’ law over UK legislation on the day Britain leaves the EU.
But, despite returning lawmaking sovereignty to Westminster, the Bill will also convert existing EU law into domestic law in a bid to ensure continuity.
The move will see Brussels rules adopted wholesale by Britain on the day the two-year divorce period – as set out under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – expires.
The plans have sparked concerns among Brexit campaigners the UK could be left saddled with harmful Brussels legislation even after leaving the EU, which MPs will later struggle – or have little motivation – to scrap.
Fishing For Leave have voiced their anger at the Prime Minister’s approach to overturning Brussels’ rule, fearing it could mean British fishermen will still be subject to the “disastrous” EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) even outside the bloc.
The group have declared the Great Repeal Bill should be of “dire concern” and will represent an “unacceptable sell out of Brexit”.
Since when has “escape the jailer” required accepting “continuity of confinement”?
The stupid, it burns… (well, certainly in Paraguay. UK TBD.)