Politics use to be a dirty matter. One covered by shit. The question if we decide to take it with our hands or send it to our neighbors. This, I think, has been the case for the elections of April 14 in Venezuela. The illegitimacy of Nicolas Maduro comes from the following sources:
1. An absolutely illegal process. Venezuelans have seen again an election process for which the government’s candidate can use all the republic’s economical and military power on his own personal and private purposes. All the money coming from taxes and oil exports is not enough. They have stopped the transit on the borders with Colombia and Brazil five days before the elections; and arbitrarily closed or replaced consulates (Miami, for instance). We have seen gun shots against civil people in the voting lines, and threats against coordinators of the voting centers. They have sent menacing government supporters in motorbikes to surround the perimeter of voting centers. They have stolen voting machines.
2. Usually, in Venezuela the army has been charged with the task of transporting the electoral materials. There have been found lots of boxes identified with the CNE logo, containing (presumably) votes, in civil vehicles conducted by government supporters, and no military personnel has appeared. Finally, today there have been published some photography pictures of electoral materials been burned. Trying to gain some time, the CNE has tacitly refused to count all and each one of the votes. This is only the last chapter, the cherry in the cake of the above situation. All this has created a rare atmosphere of doubt. If Mr. Maduro won the elections, what is the need to do all that? What do they fear?
3. The intolerant speech: Right after the official advice of the CNE, Mr. Maduro began to speak about the stateless bourgeoisie that opposed him, blinded by the dark hand of the Empire. Can anyone believe that, after 14 years of revolution and two-digit inflation, there are still more than seven million middle-class Venezuelan people? Luis Vicente León, a well known Venezuelan statistician, said yesterday that “When a leader assumes the power against the advice of half the population; he should respect and recognize it. The contrary would be a political suicide”.
On December 2004, when Hugo Chavez was defeated for the first time in his political history, in the contest of the revocatory referendum; he said that the opposition obtained a “victory of shit”. Some of my friends in the opposition still remember that phrase very well. That is the place of the fascist speech: If you do not support me, you are shit, all of you. We have lived it and felt it in our skins. We must not use that same kind of language when talking about the other option; and that for many reasons.
First: If we can go to a recount of all the votes and, in an optimistic scenario, Capriles won; they will say again that it is a victory of shit. Remember; we still are the stateless bourgeoisie. Second: This quote if theirs, not ours. So we should let the shit in the other side. It is their shit, not ours. Third: After 14 years we finally arrived to the inflexion point. 800.000 former Chavez supporters voted Capriles yesterday. Aggressors are tired now. We must l them by their own; in the situation where aggressiveness is so nonsense and unnecessary that it becomes unsufferable.
Finally: If Mr. Maduro won by just one vote let us recognize him. He is as interested as we are in proving it. A difference of, say 1 vote or 225.000, is irreversible if you can govern with half the population. It is unsustainable if you pretend to govern against the other half.