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Maduro caled for peace in Venezuela? Really? Maduro?

April 6, 2014

This is an open letter to Jacob Hornberger of the Future of Freedom Foundation, in reaction to his article of April 5, 2014, at http://www.lewrockwell.com. I am copying it to my blog at http://www.trutherator.wordpress.com.

His article is found here:
http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/jacob-hornberger/us-out-of-venezuela/

Mr. Hornberger,

I’m an anarcho-capitalist that found out with Ron Paul’s campaign in 2008 that my 40-year-old views had lined up with what are called “libertarian”, and as a former missionary that lived since early 1970s in Latin America or in Hispanic-dominated Miami-Dade Count. My ex-wife is from the Dominican Republic and my wife is from Honduras. I plan on retiring in Honduras. I hope it will not be overwhelmed by a socialist regime such as Maduro’s. What they have today would be better, but I hope to add to the libertarian conversation in Honduras.

I have a personal interest against USG and UN interventions around the world. Foreign aid and drug wars are killing men in great numbers in my wife’s country -and killing their economy. Maybe the new special economic regions, designed artfully with the help of some libertarian economists from the US and from the Mises-associated institute in Guatemala will help them. I hope.

No doubt the CIA is around somewhere doing whatever they do, and let us be honest here: Neither of us knows what they are really doing, except in general terms. I used to think we could presume they consistently support American capitalist interests. After Honduras, Libya, Syria, with the evidence from these episodes of the USG helping socialist dictators and its purported Number One enemy to gain power in these places, I’m not so sure. Honduras I know best; and they did not hide their efforts to support the socialist dictator there.

I am surprised and a bit irritated at the reaction to regimes like Maduros’. Especially since I read it on http://www.lewrockwell.com.

Before I get to why, I totally agree with your concluding paragraph:

Leave Venezuela to the Venezuelans. If private Americans wish to involve themselves in the controversy, that’s fine. But the U.S. government should butt out entirely. What happens in Venezuela is none of the U.S. government’s business. Unfortunately, given the secret nature of the U.S. national-security state, the American people will never know the extent of U.S. involvement in the Venezuelan crisis until the CIA’s files on the matter are opened several decades from now.

Maybe they’ll open the files, maybe not, but I doubt that any files that will be available either now or later will reveal anything on the subject worthwhile, and more likely misleading.

But it is an amazing spectacle to see all the well-deserved condemnation of probable USG involvement, and absolutely nothing about what the Venezuelans might actually want in reality independently of both the American government and their own dictatorship.

I don’t remember any such outrage over Obama’s demands and Hillary Clinton’s interventions in Honduras to try to force them to put the socialist dictator Manuel Zelaya.

The American ambassador to Honduras at the time, Hugo Llorens, made an appearance in a commercial aired by the Zelaya regime, propaganda to get public support for his very unpopular effort for his so-called “referendum” (later relabeled “survey”).

Hillary Clinton made a personal call to Roberto Micheletti to resign, which would of course make it easier to force Honduras to take Zelaya back as the dictator he already was.

This “referendum” horrified Hondurans, because they knew three things for sure. (1) One, the thing would be fraudulent. They know their politicians. (2) Two, Zelaya had already advocated presidential re-election (already defined as “treason” by the Honduras constitution because of earlier attempts at lifetime presidencies. (3) Three, and worst of all, it would open up for more fraudulent “elections” to create an irrevocable socialist dictatorship, Chavez style, in Honduras.

There was one piece that circulated on the Internet at the time, how Zelaya “brought the country together”. Every group of any significance at all in those days demanded first his resignation and then supported his removal and the constitutional successor government of Micheletti. Half the population filled the plazas of the biggest and the smallest cities and villages to say so. The Chambers of Commerce, BOTH major political parties, ALL the Congress (elected by the same people that voted for president), the Catholic Church (Zelaya’s mob had to import a priest), all the Protestant churches, all the unions (except the hopeless teachers’ union, that had them on strike more than in the classroom literally by count of days– for the previous three years), and EVERY ex-pat in a forum where I was member.

What’s the CIA going to do there? What can they do? Why would they waste a dime getting the country to get rid of somebody they did not want?

Oh, yeah, because Soros wants power. But no doubt HIS dirty hands were in the pot FOR Zelaya. Keynote speaker at the regional summit the November previous.

Hondurans got panicked at the prospect of fixed elections creating another Cuba or Venezuela in their country. They vote with their feet by getting to the States at the first opportunity.

Why is it so hard to understand that so many Hondurans, or even Venezuelans, hate the serfdom of socialism, along with the miserable poverty it brings?

Maduro bragged in his op-ed in the New York Times about universal health care? Oh get out! The poor have to bring their own sheets into hospitals and sleep on the floor there! We’re already getting our own taste of that bitter poisonous “medicine” in the States!

That was the attitude of most of the Hondurans. Fortunately for them, apparently many or most of the richest and most powerful interests were inclined their way. BUT not all; one zillionaire and perennial presidential candidate was fingered in newspapers and “on the street” as the one who smuggled Zelaya back in to the Brazilian embassy (Surprise, Brazilia!)

And it is relevant that Maduro is the heir of the Chavista regime that has meddled in its neighbor’s internal political affairs and tried its best to save the imposition by external Force of a dictatorship that had no regard for anything but seizing power.

The phony pro-Zelaya demonstrations had some genuine bodies, but it was mostly marching-for-hire. They poured so much money into the country that the lempira went up a full 10 percent against the dollar for those several months!

Zelaya admitted in a Univision interview that he had won the election by fraud by saying that all elections have fraud.

After 2009, I have followed events in Venezuela.

Please note an unsung development in Latin America. It’s hard to see its long-term effect, but it has been noticed by some statesmen “down south”.

Honduras changed history in Latin America with its reassertion of some constitutional order inside its borders, such as it is. Don’t get a smug face about it; they did better in 2009 than the US has done in recent years. Will Obama in 2016 declare a federal election nationwide to vote for a new constitution? That momentum is building, from both the phony “right wing” and the phony “left wing”.

After the 2009 elections in Honduras, the president of El Salvador of the former “leftist” guerrilla party, declared dead the move to join Venezuela’s petro association. The mayor of Caracas demanded the importation of “cojones” from Honduras. Freedom-minded Latins were inspired all over. Honduran ex-pat communities felt relief unspeakable. Brazilian Congressmen went back to Brazil with the news that the entire Brazilian community living in Honduras were engraged at Zelaya’s refuge in their embassy.

No doubt Paraguay had Honduras in the back of their minds when they impeached and dethroned their own dictator aspirant for his dictatorial acts. Venezuela’s caudillo government whined about another CIA-backed coup.

It’s a political safe bet down south (and apparently among some libertarian circles in the US today too) to blame the CIA and the US for all their troubles.

Maybe the CIA is trying for a coup in Caracas, given the atmosphere in Latin America today. Soros has his fingers everywhere. He would love to have a dictatorship to deal with, to give him good deals, good power, after all…

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P.S. There are videos of the police shooting at protestors there. There is video on youtube of Chavistas shooting into the million-person march (literally) in cold blood that resulted in twelve people dead. A false flag coup distracted the world’s attention from this slaughter of civilians and a de-facto socialist coup ensued thereupon by outing anti-Chavez military to purge them. These “CIA lackeys” and “coup plotters” got no punishment at all, they were cleared by the *Chavista* Supreme Court of all charges, with military pensions and all honors retained. And it was a “CIA” coup?

Can people be more gullible?

 

Left-fascists riot in Honduras Congress, democracy, and individual freedom

February 1, 2014

Herein read my reaction to comments in La Gringa’s “blogicito”, found at the following link:

http://tinyurl.com/m7wyh7m

This episode of changing rules in Honduras just shows the general peril of ANY government. Democracy is NOT any “better” than any other form of government. Power corrupts. Taxation is extortion by definition, no matter how many of the majority vote for it. Follow the law or go to jail. By the way, though, I read various articles on the proceedings, and they are not the end of the democracy as depicted, so much as a lot of noise and riot by a party founded by people who in power did much worse, of course.

The United States’ long history is the best attempt maybe along those lines, and look where it is now. The “strong media” of the 19th century is now a sycophantic mouthpiece for more control over every piece of your life by government. The best example of this is their treatment of the champion of individual freedom in the United States in his presidential campaign, Ron Paul.

But college kids loved him. He was different, and showed character by shutting down lobbyists, like Larry Abrammoff said in a Q&A on CSpan once, he was one that you could not get anything from him with offers of money. Otherwise, he said they’re more or less all for sale.

Centralization of power in the United States began with the Constitution, had a false start with Alexander Hamilton’s central bank baby, which Andrew Jackson killed off, got a second wind with Abraham Lincoln, and then accelerated after the Federal Reserve Bank was created and populated with the bankers they were supposedly going to regulate for the people’s interest, and it was created after a campaign that pretended it was to stop their abuses. The Income Tax was another abuse enacted the same year. It’s an abuse because I don’t have the right to tell you how much you get to keep of the fruits of your labor and how much you have to pay me for “protection”. Even if you vote for me. Theft is theft. Or call it extortion if you must, because it depends also on how “stable” such thieves are in office.

At least by a vote they have to got through pretense.

Allende was voted a plurality in Chile, and when he began ruling as an economic and political tyrant, the Congress had no constitutional remedy, so they passed a resolution DEMANDING that the military stop him. Allende did not yield to diplomatic pressure, either, and a lot of that saw the (again) sycophantic controlled “strong” media cheering Allende for cutting down Anaconda copper.

The media (outside Honduras) did not report the abused Allende perpetrated any more than they did Zelaya’s. But in 2009 we already had the Internet. So the only mainstream reporting during both abusive regimes was condemnatory of the moves against leftist-fascism.

Think not; more centralized control is their game plan. At least that’s what they do. Some as zombies, true, but nonetheless.

That’s why hope for Honduras, in my opinion, has two grounds for optimism.

ONE, the fact that one of the poorest country in Latin America, and that was already saturated by violent gangs and the same demagaguery as Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, and even Argentina and Brazil, nonetheless pushed back against the tyranny.

TWO, they worked quickly to find a way to bring Honduras out of the vicious poverty swamp. They scoured the world and brought people from Chile to share how they became the first Latin American developed country. They investigated the examples of South Korea (contrast with North Korea) and Hong Kong and China’s special economic zones (that copy the HK model), Singapore, that became prosperous while their neighbors sank in the mire.

The politics is noisy in Honduras right now, and the dirty laundry is now public, but it was always thus. It’s just that after 2009, they have to stay clean, at least until the sons of the Chavez-Zelaya-Castro marriage grab a majority or plurality.

It was always much WORSE in fact. I have certain knowledge that many of the Congress years past were into the kinds of business that would make Al Capone blush. And that includes some of those now demanding “democracy” from the controlling coalition.

Fighting over the spoils of conquest is what this is, and people must push back against any government having any power at all to loot anybody.

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the  blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…

Matthew 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?

25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

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Open letter to Marco Caceres of Honduras — and why “Model Cities” is good for Honduras

October 14, 2013
Hondurans opposing Manuel Zelaya.

Hondurans opposing Manuel Zelaya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia). The demonstrations were massive like this all across Honduras to the smallest villages…

"Zelaya and Chavez STAY OUT", "...

“Zelaya and Chavez STAY OUT”, “We want peace”, “We want peace”, “peace!”. Demonstration July 1, 2009 at the UN offices in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marco,

I was really disappointed with your article I found at Huffington Post.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marco-caceres/the-piecemeal-sale-of-hon_b_3671476.html

Clever, huh? No. More like stupid. The problem is that the law was hastily approved — as are most controversial laws in Honduras. And it was done so out of desperation, because the Lobo administration has not figured out how to pay off its financial obligations to its creditors and public employees. Also, the details of the law have not been made public, and so there are a lot of unanswered questions as to how it would be implemented.

The law has already created a furor in Honduras, sparking new accusations that the government is essentially moving to sell off Honduras in piecemeal fashion (like with the “Model Cities” initiative), and that those who would benefit would not be the Honduran people but rather a few well-positioned officials who would undoubtedly line their pockets with millions of dollars in bribes and commissions. The country would remain indebted, as it currently is (or more). In the meantime, it would open itself for additional exploitation (some might use the word “rape”) by foreigners. The losers? Yeah.

As an aside, although I was glad to see your opposition to Zelaya’s dictatorial attitude, and his attempt to usurp power completely.  I did part ways with your concession to the word “coup”. The Honduran constitution made advocacy of presidential re-election a condition that caused the immediate and automatic removal from any government office of the advocate of same. That meant he was a usurper and by continuing to act as president, it was HIS coup, and it is the point most define-able as such.

Your comments there did not tell the whole story. They did not mention that Hondurans involved in planning the second go-round in this project visited model cities in Korea and elsewhere to study their approach to crawling out of poverty. You did not mention the fact that anyone investing in these model cities in special zones will have to hire a minimum percentage of Hondurans for any enterprise.

You especially did not mention that ANY HONDURAN CITY THAT WANTS TO can become one of these model cities themselves just by voting in a referendum.

You did not mention the especially revealing fact that one of the objections raised by representatives of their respective departamentos, was the fear that all their businessmen would abandon them, preferring to live in a zone that was truly open for business and not for “tips” and paperwork and other arbitrary measures that steal productivity away from those who treat their employees fairly.

In fact, your very objection would be a good reason to abolish all of the currently open-for-business free zones along the coast, where FOREIGN businesses already own lots of production capital goods tarriff-free, providing a great number of jobs for Honduran citizens, with little objection.

In fact Honduras followed a plan before doing this, that I myself had suggested during the time Lobo was asking for suggestions on how Honduras could crawl out from under the burden of poverty. My suggestion was to look to countries that have done it. Some missionaries who live in Chile have told me that the changes have been dramatic. South Korea is one of the riches countries in the world, North Korea one of the poorest. Hong Kong is an island of luxury surrounding by an ocean of poor, still struggling under the heavy burden of central control.

And you did not mention that a great many Hondurans enthusiastically support this initiative. They see relief from economic doldrums in this, because there is reality in it. Foreign investment is only a small part of this story. The investment that comes in will only be seed money –if the project can be protected from meddling by people who think only a government can do good things for the poor.

By the way, how’s that workin’ out for ya? Chavez not only refused to encourage foreign investment, he kicked out what there was and started scaring off so many of his own productive citizens that he had to clamp down with currency controls. What a champion for the poor! How’s that working out for poor Venezuelans?

And they criticize about crime? You know how government’s central planners fixed that in murderous Caracas, don’t you? They stopped reporting the numbers altogether!

And wow, look at the United States and Lyndon Johnsons’ War on poverty and Roosevelts’ freedom from want. How’s that working out for us in the United States? Bah. Keep that change and give me the one Honduras is now working on. My wife has made a catracho out of me and I plan to get my passport and retire to Honduras.

And nobody can say “Hondurans” are against this, afraid of that, blah blah, because we KNOW that the representatives of the Honduran people voted OVERWHELMINGLY in favor of this project.

In summary this is good for Honduras, I’m sure of it, because there was some good roots going into it.

If only we can keep it free from this misguided anti-capitalist meme that has deceived so many.

I was so proud, God help me, in 2009, that I had married a girl from Honduras, when they stood up to the piti-Chavez. I am excited for Honduras again now, and if nothing else comes of this, it still is a pleasure because so many congressmen voted for it.

Why Niels Gerson Lohman is never going to visit the US again–America’s loss

October 13, 2013

I’m writing this in reaction to the article found here:
http://dasmag.nl/why-i-will-never-return-to-the-usa/

Some of us are battling the idiotic mind-set of the new oligarchs here in the land of the formerly free.

But you could have it worse in between “stacks of Bibles“? Maybe it’s a B&B owned by an enthusiastic couple on the subject, but in those pages are pronouncements of judgments against very un-Christian minds in a post-Christian land (the USA) which is entering its pagan phases.

You were accosted by border patrol agents schooled in the first generation in which Bibles were banned, the Ten Commandments are banned (“Love thy neighbor as thyself”), and prayer is banned. (“…as we forgive others their trespasses against us..”)

The US has lost the Christian heritage that motivated St. Patrick to return to the land of his slavers in Ireland and shame the islands and eventually the entire continent into giving it up.

The love of God motivated John Hess to accept burning at the stake rather than give up his campaign against Papal tyranny, and Martin Luther to defy the same tyrants, and that motivated Isaac Newton to advance science as the best evidence for the Creator for young men.

And it is the Christian principle of the Golden Rule that drew Christians in growing numbers to Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012 (including yours truly), and drives true Biblical Christians today to demand the end to the money-changers’ counterfeit operations in the Federal Reserve, the stealth-tax theft of inflation here and in Europe, and to look upon newcomers with favor.

I look forward to Honduras‘ model cities project, which looks like it is going to happen, because my wife is from there. I happen to know of some of the liberty-minded economists and other experts that were consulted in the planning of the legislation and who have some input into its implementation (I hope). They are liberty minded folks. Possibly they will form new pockets of freedom, and with freedom prosperity, that the small country needs.

In fact, for Niels, I would recommend a visit to the Bay Islands of Roatan and Utila, and if you like quiet, waters that are even more transparent to view the bottom, and nature, you might like Guajara, a smaller and less-visited place. Honduras also has the second-largest coral reef in the world off the coast.

I know that there are a good number of ex-pats in Honduras in the coastal areas and along the roads that lead to the Ruinas de Copan. They are the remains of an ancient Mayan settlement and temple.

Dictatorships, CIA, FSB, KGB, NSA, Income Tax, Socialism

July 17, 2013
Cover of "END THE FED"

Cover of END THE FED

This is an answer to some of the comments in Jacob Hornberger‘s posts at fff.org, which I generally like, in his advocacy for freedom and against the surveillance and police state regime in the imperial capital of D.C. I do not agree with everything, though, being of an anarcho-capitalist type political philophy, reflective of the tradition of von Mises (http://www.mises.org), Rothbard, and Walter Block, and of course, Ron Paul.

The article I responded to is here: http://fff.org/2012/11/28/the-cias-murder-of-frank-olson-goes-to-court/

One thing he has said is:

As far as I’m concerned, America and the world will be better off when the CIA, the NSA, the military-industrial complex, and the standing army are dismantled. They are a blight on nation and antithetical to the principles of a free society.

I would add End the Fed and the income tax. I did subscribe to his FFF Daily. However I would also say the FSB, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and the other such around the world, of course.

Of course in the real real-politick world, our currently externally recognized “jurisdiction” is the USA.

But when the liberty-minded pretend that socialist policies ruin the economy in the US but the CIA is the cause of ruin of countries in Latin America when they institute the same kind of socialist policies, they lose credibility to the logically minded. It is even compatible with the idea that one “hates America”. I have thought he was liberty-minded.

Allende’s ruinous dictatorship –and dictatorship it was– had a lot more to do with economic ruination in Chile than the CIA’s actions.

In Honduras, all the CIA had to do to overthrow Zelaya was get out of the way, I can tell you that for a fact. Not that the CIA never had something to do with anything, of course. But Hondurans did NOT want to become another Nicaragua, no way Jose. Note that they never even had a guerrilla uprising like in their neighbor countries did before the Americans built a base there.

Latin American journalists, in fact, in moments of candor (or after a few drinks maybe) will grudgingly admit that Pinochet had a LOT to do with Chile’s economic recovery, after they privatized a lot of Allende’s ruined nationalized firms, and the other free market reforms.

The International Socialist/Fascist Cartel that is subverting the USA and the American economy and culture is the same one that has tried to make the message clear –to presidents and politicians– that any push back against their takeover will get you the results it got Fujimori, and Pinochet, and Noriega, and Efrain Rios Montt.

Efrain Rios Montt is another unjustly accused. He stopped the abuse against the Indians happening under his watch, and note that he was overthrown the same day a sales tax would go into effect. He was misquoted.

In fact, Rios Montt is the one who organized a plan to help the Indians with food and programs that helped them support themselves and protect themselves against the Communist guerrillas. That’s right, he gave the Indians arms to protect themselves against the guerrillas. So of course the same propaganda machine has been grinding on and on against him ever since, because he immunized the Indians against the violent enemy. A lot of those atrocities, by the way, both in Guatemala and in Columbia (where I was a missionary for two years) were done by the guerrillas and blamed on the paramilitaries, the government, and of course don’t forget, the CIA.

Remember how this all ends. In the last few years of this go of human history, in what the Bible calls the “time of the end”, it will look like the world government dictator has wiped out the Christians and anyone refusing to swear allegiance or accept his “mark of the Beast”, but in Daniel we are promised that “he shall come to his end, and none shall help him”.

God bless Mary O’Grady, God help history revisionist paid liar Stephen Lendman

May 28, 2013
Hondurans opposing Manuel Zelaya.

Hondurans opposing Manuel Zelaya. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

The CIA is not slouch and no angelic force for good but facts are facts. There is some really wrong stuff in that article about Guatemala! And if the “left-of-center” governments were so vulnerable to the CIA, then why is there no right-of-center governments left in Latin America?

Where do you get your paycheck for being a professional history revisionist, Stephen? I’m breaking my own rule and I am not even going to post a link to such revisionist history, a coverup for the really bad guys, probably the guerrillas themselves that did the massacre and then blamed it on the military.

The ruling against Efrain Rios Montt is a blatant abuse of power and corruption itself, a coverup for the real abusers, and is a message to all men in political positions to “obey, or else we will get you, now or later”.  And they want you to remember Pinochet: If we can’t get you, we’ll keep you locked up based on a lying judge in Spain (with an open public history of Communism) for awhile and then we’ll come after your children. It’s also a warning to their operatives, the ones that are fully cognizant of the crimes they commit against all the peoples, to stay away from Christians. That’s another reason he’s the one persecuted.

The bad guys have offered up a scapegoat to take the blame. But it won’t work. They will get their just desserts later, maybe from the same overlords that wanted to punish him.

The revisionist history that makes genocide disappear is not the ones that the revisionists that fancy themselves “leftists” make it out to be.

Fact check #1: Efrain Rios Montt did NOT  “seize power”. A coup d’etat did ask him to run the government, after overthrowing one of the most blatant electoral FRAUDS to that date in Guatemala’s history, after the then RIGHT!-of-center president that they overthrew arranged his own “re-election”, votes be damned, and the people roared in such loud protest demanding mlitary intervention against this shameless attack on “democracy”. They asked Efrain Rioss Montt to serve because he was universally respected in Guatemala as honest and impeccable.

But they overthrew him 16 months later because he remained true to his reputation, and because he tried to STOP dirty tactics against the guerrillas. Three percent my ass!

That’s why it took till NOW to do this, because (1) the real bad guys needed a scapegoat, and they don’t like Bible-believing Christians, and (2) a lot of voices of truth resisting the lies had to die off first, and (3) to get a younger indoctrinated generation critical mass that was not so close to events.

Like Manuel Zelaya planned on doing in his own unreported auto-coup, too, in 2009.

As to that slaughter of the Indians, he STOPPED it. It was local landowners getting colonels to take over lands, AND THE GUERRILLAS WERE MAKING SURE THERE WAS ENOUGH CONFUSION AND FALSE INTELLIGENCE TO MAKE SURE a lot of innocent Mayans would be killed.

That is what they’ve been doing in Honduras. The revisionist history in this article is the “leftist” version. The international socialists are as bad as the National Socialists for pushing lies and propaganda and distortions.

As we speak they are agitating a climate of serial murder against journalists and public figures in Honduras to take over by hook and crook after the Honduran people rejected their auto-coup by fraud in 2009.

Revisionist history indeed!

- See more at: http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/reinventing-guatemalan-history/#comment-959

 

Hugo Chavez passing on; Not much will change, probably (But I remember 2009)

March 6, 2013
The sign opposes Manuel Zelaya, Fidel Castro, ...

The sign opposes Manuel Zelaya, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chávez. It supports Roberto Micheletti and democracy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My answer to the Daily Bell article about Hugo Chavez:
http://www.thedailybell.com/28788/South-America-After-Chavez–Not-What-You-Think

Chavez may be loudlyChristian“, but he is NOT “unabashedly” Christian. The writing from The Daily Bell is always intelligent and pretty much grounded in reality, but that one was greatly puzzling. He’s not very Christian at all, any more than the Bolsheviks (“I was always a Leninist”-Chavez visiting Moscow) or the Maoists (“I was always a Maoist”-Chavez visiting China) or the North Koreans (“I was always a Marxist”-Chavez in North Korea)

NOT AT ALL. George W Bush is no more Christian than him, and vice versa.

He is Christian like the Cubans in Miami say about Fidel Castro in the mountains, wearing his rosary beads.

The Marxists learned a lesson maybe from the Mexican “peasants’ rebellion” against their own Marxist president.

Also, he has “redistributed” a lot of the oil revenues in social programs but he has also created a new nouveau riche class, and the POOR have already been getting very restless.

And he is NOT so popular as the American press makes him out to be. This is the same press that LIED about Honduras, where easily 85 PERCENT of the people supported the arrest of auto-coup dictator Manuel Zelaya, aspirant to lifetime presidency who promised a cabinet member (a relative of a close family friend of ours) a lifetime position.

During those theatrical “riots” in Honduras demanding the Chavez surrogate’s return, that “astro-turf uprising” fizzled so bad so fast and got so bad that it took such a whopping major infusion of Chavez money to pay a few dozen at it that the lempira went up TEN PERCENT against the dollar in a matter of DAYS.

Poverty by itself doesn’t breed Marxism. I’m sure the royalty in D.C. and in Caracas and Habana were all flummoxed to distraction by the explosive blowback from Honduras against them.

“We’re poor enough, thanks anyway, we don’t want to be like Cuba or Venezuela, we’d rather be like the US“.

Honduras put a wrinkle in the supposed forced march of Latin America toward socialism.

The mayor of Caracas publicly demanded that Honduras send them a set of cojones.

After their 2009 elections, the president of El Salvador, of the FMLN (the former Communist guerrilla fighters) came out and announced that after all, joining ALBA would NOT be in the best interests of the nation.

The president of Guatemala publicly asked Honduras to join with his country and the other Central American countries to engage in foreign relations together.

Peru’s subsequent elections kept the nation’s distance from Chavez.

Thoughts on John Barnes and “Daybreak Zero”

February 14, 2013

This is mostly a reaction to reading a semi-leftist viewpoint of the novel:

http://opionator.wordpress.com/2011/04/23/daybreak-zero-by-john-barnes

You can’t trust international courts any more than local courts, in fact much less. The temptation of money and power is relentless on the human psyche, and trusting others to conform to rules for respecting individual rights is naive at best, and at worst makes one the “useful idiot” Lenin was talking about, like I used to be as a Communist. Trusting the totalitarian state to fade away when it’s no longer needed, as Karl Marx said it, is a stupid idea that too many smart people fall far (yep, even me).

I don’t know of even one libertarian who advocates castle feudalism along the lines of the ones John Barnes describes in this novel “Daybreak Zero“, and I know a great many of them. That kind of thing is more of a United Nations idea, a subtext in authoritarian world government. The United Nations’ advocacy of “human rights” is an oxymoron, as proven in the unanimous vote against Honduras in 2009, when its government (remember, legislatures and courts are also “the government” along with the executive, in republics) did the right thing and constitutionally removed a dictator and auto-coup president (Manuel Zelaya). And as proven in the chairmanship of their human rights advocacy organization going to Sudan, the genocidal regime that massacred two million Christians in South Sudan before the world took notice –of Darfur.

Libertarians know that trade without coercion is the path to prosperity for the most people possible and is best for the poor.

My beef with the novel is that almost all the speculation about Christians is the post-Tribulation “theocracy” stereotype. There are all too many of them today that feed that stereotype, and there is a Christian media establishment lock-down similar to the leftist lock-down on most traditional media. But there would be millions of unsung Christians that would be more visible in such disasters by rushing to help the hurting. They are more than the unfair caricature often painted out there. The obsession with the Torquemada type is a denial mechanism to divert from the Mother Theresa types and the Doctor Livingston types.

Another common flaw in almost all post-apocalyptic novels is the subtle idea in the background that civilization can only be “saved” by some political authority.

But Ron Paul has made Christian libertarians much more visible. We are nothing like Ayn Rand, who carried a brutal bitterness throughout her life apparently against God, and blaming God for the devil’s handiwork. And an Ayn Rand libertarian might well be in practice more like a castle feudalist in the kind of context of a post-Daybreak world.

The book is impoverished for that but John Barnes is a pretty good writer, in my opinion, communicating things as he sees them. To me his writing is more engaging than Clarke’s or Asimov.

The main flaw in almost all post-apocalyptic novels is the subtle idea in the background that civilization can only be “saved” by some political authority.

Honduras’ Congress and the Supreme Court

December 15, 2012
The sign opposes Manuel Zelaya, Fidel Castro, ...

The sign opposes Manuel Zelaya, Fidel Castro, and Hugo Chávez. It supports Roberto Micheletti and democracy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Golly, the things they’re describing in Honduras about their Congress and President sound like The 2010 American Congress and the nationalization of the medical industry.

ABC is describing it as a big mess and they are even repeating the now discredited lie that Zelaya was ousted in his pajamas. In reality we now know he wore a suit as he left the presidential mansion, passing by statues of himself that he had used to decorate the place, because neighbors saw him in the suit. He changed into the pajamas in Costa Rica for a sympathy play.

It is ABC that has been flailing about in its own reporting. The things they criticize about Honduras are happening in their own base country of the United States and they could not be happier, it seems…

Well, looking at other news sources, it seems this story originated with the Associated Press, which served as the propaganda arm for the Zelaya-Chavez-Castro alliance effort to establish another permanent dictatorship in Latin America and call it “democracy”. They are back to bashing Honduras again.

They probably had to conduct ten interviews with citizens in the street before they found one that referred to the 2009 constitutional succession as a “coup”. It was Zelaya’s coup against his own government that was ousted along with him.

But the criticism is hypocritical, coming from ABC,  which joined all the rest of the world press in 2009 demanding that the master of presidency by decree and now ex-dictator Manuel Zelaya be restored to his throne to boss the country!

There is certainly more to the story than even what we’re seeing, and the guy that complains about the “Danza de Milliones” is protecting his own neck to by assuredly sitting on some truly damaging information about his peers –and they are doing the same thing no doubt the other way.

I know people who have served in that Congress, but the best ones only serve one term because you can only run around with wolves for so long before you start howling like one. Therein lies truly nasty stuff.

Thank God that the Honduran people were so outraged by the attempt to make the Chavez-Zelaya dictatorship permanent that they delivered some mighty blows back to the empire, the Congress had to channel the energy.

And hey folks, Michael Strong offered the best thing Honduras has had a chance at in centuries, and the Congress approved it, and the Supreme Court threw it out. Was it the same Supreme Court? If it was, then my doubt in this fight is toward whoever stopped it.

Because territorial integrity would have been preserved, there was no advocacy of presidential re-election, and the irrevocable guarantee of a republican form of government would also have been preserved intact. Those are the only three items that are irrevocable and immutable in the Constitution of Honduras.

Where were these international voices to defend the Supreme Court and the independence of the different branches of government when the Honduran Supreme Court did, with the Congress, against a dictator, exactly that in 2009? Where was this concern when Zelaya was issuing illegal and unconstitutional orders in his plan to consolidate permanent power?

 

Paul Craig Roberts is WRONG about Hugo Chavez!

October 18, 2012
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chavez (Photo credit: iarantzabal)

I enjoy many of the writings from Paul Craig Roberts, but in this one he was so expansively wrong on a subject that means something to me personally, because my wife is from Honduras. He lifts up Hugo Chavez, oppressor and dictator of Venezuela, and a pusher of leftist dictatorships across Latin America, who was stopped cold when he tried to take over Honduras for the richest people on the planet, the clique that put him in power. (You thought he financed his own ascendancy to power?)

http://www.thedailybell.com/28151/Paul-Craig-Roberts-Dont-Vote-for-Evil

Maybe Bush was an undercover emissary of Satan, but Paul Craig Roberts saying that Chavez “helps the people” shows he does not know what he’s talking about! Chavez has run 99% of Venezuelans into the ground worse off than they were before, and the 1% are the ones that rode his coat tails into confiscating all the wealth they could get from the ahem, “rich” to give to his friends, like he did when he swept his cronies into the Venezuelan oil company and the workers and the unions went on strike to protest.

My wife is from Honduras, and my ex-wife is from the Dominican Republic. I lived as a missionary in three different countries and visited three others. I have spent a lot of my time with people in the by-ways and the highways and helping the poor.

I followed the Hondurans’ brave blow back against tyranny in July, 2009 even as the world press LIED KNOWINGLY about them and the whole world condemned them. They called it a congressional-judicial “coup”. (If there is no “legitimate” way to remove a president from power that has become a dictator, it is already a “coup” and dictatorship, which Zelaya’s rule was).

They changed history and pushed back at the onslaught of leftist tyranny then. El Salvador saw it (after what I call Honduras’ cleanest, most-watched elections in its history) and their former guerrilla president said “Thanks anyway but no thanks” to ALBA and Chavez.

Now also Paraguay has removed their leftist demagogue dictator-wannabe by constitutional vote by the representatives who also were elected, hello!

Democracy is a meaningless term if the people elect a temporary king and absolute ruler every presidential term. If “democracy” is anything good, it is not a “divine right rule” by any “elected” president!

That’s why some great writers have said democracy is “two wolves and a sheep voting on what’s for dinner”!

From the article by Paul Craig Roberts:

Chavez is one of the American right-wing’s favorite bogyman because Chavez helps the people instead of bleeding them for the rich, which is Washington’s way. While Washington has driven all but the one percent into the ground, Chavez cut poverty in half, doubled university enrollment and provided healthcare and old-age pensions to millions of Venezuelans for the first time.


I seriously, very seriously, doubt Chavez has “cut poverty in half” except by his own government’s cooked-up numbers. I have seen analyses of the voting numbers in his elections that show strong evidence that there are more voters on the rolls there than are feasible for the population. It reminds me of the counties in the United States where there were more votes cast than there are registered voters, Florida in 2000 and 20008,  and Ohio in 2009, favoring both sides of the two-party power cartel.

Latins are not so gullible as Americans. But Americans are waking up. But they are awakening to the hubris of justifying American military expeditions and interventions  by trumpeting how much better political and economic freedoms are treated in the US compared to other nations.

But liberty-minded writers in America should not blind themselves to any rights violations anywhere. And appreciating Chavez for saying what many Latin Americans believe about American dominance in the sphere, even in demagoguery, is not the same as misunderstanding the economic and literal beatings that the poor have received in his country.

Some of the illusory wealth is not just from oil, but from drug trafficking. Venezuela’s government take would plunge big-time if the U.S. were to decriminalize drugs. It’s instructive to note that once upon a time the Medellin Cartel offered to pay off the entire national debt for Columbia and quit the trade if they would just leave them alone.

Columbia has handed over its own citizens for charges brought in Chavista courts, but Venezuela has refused to do anything about one Columbian warrant for the arrest of one Venezuelan general for drug trafficking, even posted to Interpol. The Chavista government has not bothered to respond in any way at all.

 

Little wonder he was elected to a fourth term as president despite the many millions of dollars Washington poured into the election campaign of Chavez’s opponent.

Who knows whether Chavez was “elected” in any fair count of the votes, because his government manufactures the electronic voting machines they use. A lot of those touch-vote machines were caught red-handed rigging the vote many places here in the States were made by that company, or a subsidiary, as revealed by Bev Harris, of Black Box Voting. Check out that site.

While Washington and the EU preach neoliberalism - the supremacy of capital over labor - South American politicians who reject Washington’s way are being elected and reelected in Venezuela, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia.

Those countries also rejected free market solutions and freedoms, and they embraced top-down command dictatorship with Chavez, and FOUGHT AGAINST HONDURAS’ REJECTION OF FASCIST SOCIALISM when Honduras removed its dictator auto-coup caudillo piti-Chavez wannabe in 2009.

Chavez offered $3 million (dollars) to Micheletti, poured so much money into the country to pay anti-freedom protestors that the Honduran lempira rose TEN PERCENT! against the American dollar! And of course the corrupt piti-Chavez Zelaya is opposing Michael Strong’s attempt to help Honduras –AND THE ELECTED CONGRESS-  with the special economic zones inside Honduras.

It was the Ecuadoran government, not Washington, that had the moral integrity to grant political asylum to WikiLeaks‘ Julian Assange. The only time Washington grants asylum is when it can be used to embarrass an opponent.

The one bright light among this cartel of dictators is the granting of asylum to Julian Assange, but you can bet every dollar you have without risk, that this loose leftist alliance will not grant asylum to anybody that might embarrass them, except the ones that would, don’t want to anyway. If Comandante Zero were alive and asked for asylum, do you think they would grant it? If Zelaya seized power again in Honduras, you think they would grant asylum to Micheletti?

A bold Venezuelan media personality and journalist exposed a plot for serial assassinations or reporters and politicians in Honduras to be blamed on the Honduran post-election government (of 2009). It has happened as she predicted. Hondurans still don’t like the would-be caudillo or the brains of his operation, Patricia Rodas.

They should be embarrassed by the de-facto asylum of hundreds of Venezuelans and others from those regimes that have escaped to the United States and other places.

Like hundreds of Cuban doctors after Zelaya lost his dictatorship and who quietly asked Honduras for asylum when they were pulled out when Zelaya’s coup was stopped.

Who wants asylum in Venezuela?

In contrast to the leadership that is emerging in South America as more governments there reject the traditional hegemony of Washington, the US political elite, whether Republican or Democrat, are aligned with the rich against the American people.

It’s time smart people start realizing that the hegemony of some of “the rich” in America has a divide and conquer plan. George Soros, billionaire from manipulating currencies and market around the world that drove more millions into poverty that would have been, for example, supports that gang of leftist thugs that want to take over the Americas.

I’ve seen good stuff by this Paul Craig Roberts guy and what he’s saying about Latin America makes no sense at all!

The Republican candidate, Mitt Romney, has promised to cut taxes on the rich, taxes which are already rock bottom, to block any regulation of the gangsters in the financial arena and to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

That’s right, but Obama’s taxes are already proving a worse burden than what you would imagine Romney doing. He’s not only raising taxes on the people who invest in businesses that provide jobs for people like my wife and our children, he forced down our throats the biggest “regressive” tax increase against the POOR and middle class of all history with the abominable stepwise medical industry nationalization fiasco!

Sure, there are a precious few jobs doing software to handle all the thousands of rules in tens of thousands of pages of commands from the imperial capital of D.C. but it’s pulling resources from the free market. It’s outrageous to just talk about Romney helping this clique of rich, we all can see the obvious, that Obama helps them more because the middle class is shrinking faster under these measures than even with Bush and TARP –which Obama pushed for too!

Privatizing Social Security and Medicare means to divert the people’s tax dollars to the profits of private corporations. In Republican hands, privatization means only one thing: to cut the people’s benefits and to use the people’s tax dollars to increase the profits in the private sector. Romney’s policy is just another policy that sacrifices the people to the one percent.

SS and Medicare are a mess financed by a Ponzi scheme idea and depends on the whims of politicians and soon, health care panels that get the older folks free counseling on making sure they know how to die with a false “dignity”. I want the investors of private corporations to be free to make good profit for products they sell to people who want them instead of products forced down our throats from the imperial capital of anti-capitalist D.C.

Unfortunately, the Democrats, if a lesser evil, are still an evil. There is no reason to vote for the reelection of a president who codified into law the Bush regime’s destruction of the US Constitution, who went one step further and asserted the power to murder US citizens without due process of law and who has done nothing to stop the exploitation of the American people by the one percent.

Lesser evil? The Democrats are the party of slavery, Jim Crow, the socialist plantation, racist demagoguery, robbing their neighbors, two world wars, the Gulf of Tonkin, the Great Depression, economy-crippling tax hikes, the Federal Reserve, prenatal infanticide, religious suppression, free speech opponents, the United Nations! It’s the Republicans I’d call a “lesser evil”. The Dems are even bigger into the crony of crony capitalism, which they cover up by yelling louder about the poor and populating the traditional news sources with 97% Democrat-party as registered, even!

And remember, that government-media complex has been uplifting the war themes all along.

Yes, God blessed them somewhat during the earlier half of the 20th century because a lot of them sincerely wanted to help the poor. But then they became

As Gerald Celente says in the Autumn Issue of the Trends Journal, when confronted with the choice between two evils, you don’t vote for the lesser evil. You boycott the election and do not vote. “Lesser or greater, evil is evil.”If Americans had any sense, no one would vote in the November election. Whoever wins the November election, it will be a defeat for the American people.An Obama or Romney win stands in stark contrast with Chavez’s win. Here is how Lula da Silva, the popular former president of Brazil summed it up: “Chavez’s victory is a victory for all the peoples of Latin America. It is another blow against imperialism.” Washington, making full use of the almighty dollar, was unable to buy the Venezuelan election.

Chavez’ purported election victory, lifted up by the same ex-president who said it wasn’t worth it trying to help the North Koreans get relief from their tyrant rulers, and gave Zimbabwe to Mugabe, is not a victory for all Latin America.

Hondurans hates him with a passion pretty much, except for a handful that knows how to make a lot of noise and get a lot of press.

And how do they get so much coverage? Because BIG, REALLY BIG MONEY finances them that’s why.

My wife when younger, when they saw her as a popular poll watcher, was once offered one of those plush and lavishly paid leftist-activist jobs, a chance to travel to conferences around the world, expenses paid, nice hotels, if she just joined them.

Better the kind of expanded free zone idea that the Honduran Congress just voted for.

 


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