Venezuelan president: I’m going to need some special decree powers so I can wage “economic war” against the forces of evil

posted at 9:21 pm on October 8, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro’s ‘presidency’ has not been going all that well so far, and the guy is becoming increasingly reliant on the scapegoatist and jingoistic ravings about imperialist aggressors and opposition conspiracies to which his predecessor was so heartily inclined. Things reached a pitch last week when Maduro expelled several United States diplomats in a demonstration of just how very seriously he’s taking Venezuela’s rolling power blackouts and shortages of basic goods (or something), and the United States didn’t take long to respond in kind — so I guess we can go ahead and throw any lingering hopes of the mutual installation of actual ambassadors any time soon out the window.

For some strange and certainly inexplicable reason, however, throwing out the American officials didn’t actually do anything to immediately mitigate Venezuela’s economic crises. When you’re all out of phantasmagorical enemies to blame for your problems, what’s a near-dictator to do? …Get even more dictatorial, duh, via the Financial Times:

Currency market distortions have fuelled worsening shortages of food and basic goods from milk to toilet paper alongside high and rising inflation, posing a threat to the late Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution. Price controls as well as endless fiddling with strict but ineffective exchange restrictions have generated a scarcity of foreign currency on which the import-dependent economy relies. …

Mr Maduro, who served as Mr Chávez’s foreign minister and vice-president, is seeking “special powers” from the country’s national assembly to fight graft and pass economic measures. The president claims members of the “fascist” opposition, with support from the US, are “sabotaging” the economy in order to bring down the government. …

“There is a lot of discontent within the government at all levels, among people who think he does not have the power and vision to make the Chávez project work,” said David Smilde, a Caracas-based Venezuela expert at the Washington Office on Latin America. Some observers believe his bid to bypass the legislature is an effort to solidify his weak grip on power. “Having an enabling law would increase his power within the government,” said Mr Smilde.

Maduro is looking for these special powers so that he can better equip himself  as the proper champion to wage “economic war” on behalf of Venezuela — which is a shame, because he is evidently neglecting to realize that the regime has already been waging economic war in the form of price controls, rationing, and government takeovers, and that the precise thing he needs to do to fix his problems is to stop waging it.


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Obama Is so jelious… coming to the US sometime soon… unless we can change course that is.

watertown on October 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Right out of a Rand novel.

rob verdi on October 8, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Venezuelan president: I’m going to need some special decree powers so I can wage “economic war” against the forces of evil

Following Obama’s lead, eh?

ShainS on October 8, 2013 at 9:25 PM

So if El Jefe is made “Dictator for Life”, who will he blame when all of his policies are in place?

HINT: Can he blame Republicans, like King Barry does?

GarandFan on October 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Gosh darnit, why doesn’t barack play commandante and start wearing some farcical militaryesque uniform?

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

That picture looks like he’s babbling incoherently ala’ Baghdad Bob.

“We are under attack by American imperialist pigeons! They are stealing all the toilet paper to build nests to lay egg time bombs in!”

When he gets to the point of schizoid word salad (“I demand that you garvvle my yoom-yoom, NOW!“), maybe the people of Venezuela will realize that they’ve been following a bunch of demented crazoids for the last decade or so.

Of course, those crazoids did provide them with one item that might be useful in solving the problem. The Iranians did help them get the Chinese to build an AK-47 production plant in-country.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Venezuela was waging war on evil in order to increase Venezuela’s oil exports.

Now it’s waging a war on evil to make sure people have toilet paper.

Socialism is great.

lorien1973 on October 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Must be Socialist Stupidity Day!!

canopfor on October 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

There is a lot of discontent within the government at all levels, among people who think he does not have the power and vision to make the Chávez project work

Chavez couldn’t make the Chavez project work except through intimidation and suppression, this fool Maduro is simply following the path Chavey Boy set for him because like Chavez he’s too retarded to run anything more than a lemonade stand.

Kind of like Dog Eater now that I think about it.

Bishop on October 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM

The president claims members of the “fascist” opposition…

…while asking for ‘enabling powers’ … just as that famous Fascist, Hitler, did.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Gosh darnit, why doesn’t barack play commandante and start wearing some farcical militaryesque uniform?

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Hopefully, he’ll have one of those green parrots to sit on his shoulder like the Evil Klown did.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 9:34 PM

If you want peace, work for justice!

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Hopefully, he’ll have one of those green parrots to sit on his shoulder like the Evil Klown did.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 9:34 PM

i’m a fan of the pipe-hole balaclava myself :)

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 9:35 PM

HINT: Can he blame Republicans, like King Barry does?

GarandFan on October 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

¿Como no? La culpa es los republicanos! ¡Muerte al Juan Erección!
¡Sí, se puede!

de rigueur on October 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

…You think JugEars has a Facebook buddy in South America?

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Venezuelan American president: I’m going to need some special decree powers so I can wage “economic war” against the forces of evil fiscal arsonists (tea party types).

The Lawless President continues to provoke and taunt the American people.

Truly, Reverend Wright was a prophet……”Americans chickens have come home to woost” (taking a giant fowl dump in the oval office).

PappyD61 on October 8, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Keep digging Maduro, you’ll eventually reach Zimbabwe.

MichaelGabriel on October 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Gosh darnit, why doesn’t barack play commandante and start wearing some farcical militaryesque uniform?

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Like this.

de rigueur on October 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

He will not negotiate!

Er,,, wrong thread?

wolly4321 on October 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I’m going to need some special decree powers so I can wage “economic war” against the forces of evil

And the idiot sheeple might even give it to him, at that. Leftists never learn from their mistakes; they are Einstein’s definition of insanity made incarnate.

squint on October 8, 2013 at 9:49 PM

A roll near EVERY POT!

-typical socialist “progressive”

WryTrvllr on October 8, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Keep digging Maduro, you’ll eventually reach Zimbabwe.

MichaelGabriel on October 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Who knew Zimbabwe was only 6 feet below Venezuela?

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

They’re all the same.

JellyToast on October 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Was it PJ O’Rourke who compared some of these third world tinpots to the pimply-faced freshman, and America to the hot senior cheerleader? The pimplies spend every waking moment thinking about her, dreaming about her, haunted by her…. knowing that if they are just cool enough, or hip enough, or nice enough, or dick enough, surely she will at least notice. And cheerleader will make it all the way to graduation without even noticing that pimply exists.

So it never occurs to Maduro that he can jump around and scream “NOTICE ME!!” all he wants…. and that especially in today’s environment, every American official from dogcatcher to president has like, um….. other stuff on the agenda to worry about thanks…. “Venizee-whatall”?

Poor Nicky.. reduced to sitting in the cafeteria with his Cuban buddies bitching about the cool boys and hot chix who don’t even have the time of day for him. Even worse, the cool kidz aren’t even as cool as they used to be, but Nicky hasn’t even figured that out yet.

Andrew X on October 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

This is what you do. Take one roll of extra plush Charmin toilet paper. Place the roll of toilet paper in a bear trip with a piece of cheese.
Scratch the piece of cheese. That is only necessary when trying to trap Henry Waxman.

RovesChins on October 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

The cartels have toilet paper and machine guns.One with his name on it when they have had enough.

docflash on October 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM

I was going to make a joke about when the evil imperialist Americans started their dastardly crusade against the communist paradise of Venezuela by linking a Mystery Science Theater 3000 video called “Assignment Venezuela” but I seem to be no longer able to link YouTube videos from my phone. I don’t have a YouTube account, maybe that’s the problem. That and I’m not a “tech savvy teen” as Allahpundit would say.

Anyway, you’ll just have to imagine the clever stylings of my offbeat brand of humor.

I trust you.

rihar on October 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM

Um, I’m going to need more cowbell, too.

Fallon on October 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Zimbabwe was only 6 feet below Venezuela? Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 9:53 PM

They wanted a mausoleum. It didn’t pan out so well.

wolly4321 on October 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

They wanted a mausoleum. It didn’t pan out so well.

wolly4321 on October 8, 2013 at 10:12 PM

It’s not going to work out too well for Maduro either. It probably won’t be long before we see Maduro being dragged behind a truck through the streets.

Resist We Much on October 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Did he try a hard pivot to jobs?

Coz that’s what 0bama would do.

pedestrian on October 8, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Maybe he could borrow the Jews’ mind control beam machine.

BobMbx on October 8, 2013 at 10:24 PM

A life plagued with dingleberries would be enough to provoke unrest.

They need hope and change.

wolly4321 on October 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

First VZ, then the USA.

Obama does not really have an original thought but he knows what he lies when he sees it.

jukin3 on October 8, 2013 at 11:15 PM

This guy sounds like he has one of those ‘special rashes’ you can get when you got no TP and don’t know what Poison Oak looks like.

I really hate to even think about why he is holding his hand like that in the picture link for this story.

Freddy on October 8, 2013 at 11:44 PM

If you want peace, work for justice!

Murphy9 on October 8, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I had forgotten that slogan; found this interesting article.

At the height of the counterculture of the late 1960s and the flower-power desire for peace, Pope Paul VI said “If you want peace, work for justice.” It remains a popular bumper sticker even today. … When Pope Paul counseled, “If you want peace, work for justice,” he was not primarily advising that we work to change laws or reallocate material goods. He was seeking to build up justice as a virtue, as an acquired personal quality. If we want peace, we must become persons whose lives are characterized by the virtue of justice.

and this would have fit well in the “GOP vs. Christians” post earlier today:

Paul said, “If you want peace, work for justice.” John Paul (II) said, “If you want justice, work for chastity.” This saying is not likely to enjoy the wide appeal of its predecessor for a couple of reasons.

To say the least …

I think it is clear that Obamacare promotes neither chastity, justice, nor peace.

(See this for the connections; emphasis and paragraphing added)

Each person’s body is an embodiment of meaning. The human body is both the sign and the reality of the human being as created in God’s likeness. The ability to see human bodies as personally significant prepares one not just for chastity but also for justice.
Justice as a virtue disposes its possessor to render to each person what’s due. Because the body is the sign of the person, the debt of respect owed to persons is also owed to their bodies. Consequently, acts that intentionally violate the bodily integrity of human persons are unjust. But this identification of unjust acts will be difficult or impossible for someone who fails to see the personal significance of human bodies. So developing the virtue of chastity is a preparation for justice.
Furthermore, to deny the personal significance of the body for chastity will make the acquisition of justice a precarious exercise. Chastity and justice both rely on and reinforce one’s perception of the personal significance of the human body; consequently, the distortion of one makes the distortion of the other more likely and psychologically tenable.
These features of chastity and justice explain Evangelium Vitae’s association of contraception and abortion as “fruits of the same tree.”

* * *
Another view.

Those whose bumper stickers read “If you want peace, work for justice” simply take it for granted that there is no question what is just; if you want to find out, just ask them. The problem with the world as they see it is merely that other people are insufficiently virtuous to act accordingly.

AesopFan on October 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

AesopFan on October 9, 2013 at 12:06 AM

These days, “justice” usually means handing over my money to some waste of space.

Long live injustice!

OldEnglish on October 9, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Is he the mentor of BHO or has he become the pupil of BHO?

I’m so confused!

ORrighty on October 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM

I bet his web site works.

MTF on October 9, 2013 at 7:24 AM

Watch out . . . our little dictator will be wanting the same thing.

rplat on October 9, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Watch out . . . our little dictator will be wanting the same thing.

rplat on October 9, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Otto Von Bismarck is reputed to have told a visiting dignitary that the key to political power was to get the people to grant you “extraordinary powers” to deal with a crisis.

The way to keep those powers, he continued, was to create new crises as and when needed.

This technique seems to have worked quite well for every politician who has ever tried it.

clear ether

eon

eon on October 9, 2013 at 8:41 AM

Maduro is merely signaling that the text of O’s next speech is ready.

socalcon on October 9, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro’s ‘presidency’ has not been going all that well so far, and the guy is becoming increasingly reliant on the scapegoatist and jingoistic ravings about imperialist aggressors and opposition conspiracies to which his predecessor was so heartily inclined.

Hmmm. Who else do we know that fits that description?

Herb on October 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

So if El Jefe is made “Dictator for Life”, who will he blame when all of his policies are in place?

HINT: Can he blame Republicans, like King Barry does?

GarandFan on October 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

It will be the usual suspects. You get one guess; the first 99 don’t count. (Hint: The J**s.)

Gene Hunt on October 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Is this guy one of Obama’s long lost Brothers?

easyt65 on October 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I bet his web site works.

MTF on October 9, 2013 at 7:24 AM

Not very well, I’m afraid.

But it does have two tickers going across the top. One is the price of oil – in USD. The other is the current official exchange rate of the bolívar to the USD. Everyone knows the last one is a joke and is about 700% too cheerful.

Interesting little website. Check it: http://gobiernoenlinea.gob.ve/home/homeG.dot

JoseQuinones on October 9, 2013 at 10:23 PM