After Venezuelan Elections, Maduro Calls for ‘Debate, Consultation, Action’

Source:  TeleSUR
December 7 2015

Maduro has spoken on public television and called for strategies to unite and strengthen the Bolivarian movement.

nicolas maduro dec 2015.jpgPresident Nicolas Maduro called for unity of the Bolivarian revolution. | Photo: teleSUR

After yesterday’s parliamentary electoral loss, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a meeting of Bolivarian governors and ministers, and speaking on public television Monday night, called for a range of consultation methods in order to “strengthen” the Bolivarian movement.

Discussion, reflection and a timeline of action

Maduro argued that discussion and reflection were necessary, to then come up with a plan of action among the social movements, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), and other pro-revolution parties and organizations.

The president said that after an all-day meeting, reflecting on the results that saw the MUD opposition coalition gain a significant majority in parliament, his cabinet had made a number of decisions and come up with a timeline of action.

43% of the votes

“We got 43 percent of the votes … the counterrevolution triumphed yesterday, for now,” he said, using former President Hugo Chavez’s famous phrase to mean that a loss is just short-term.

“They have come for the neoliberal restoration of the far right,” he said, arguing that a defense of the revolution’s gains was necessary.

He called for debate and a rebuilding of strength of the revolution, because, “the Venezuelan right wing has just one program: to destroy the Bolivarian revolution.”

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Maduro announced a week of discussion in order to come up with a united strategy of the revolution. “Unity should be the main aim,” he said, adding, “Nobody should be confused by an adverse situation.”

For Tuesday, the president called for a special meeting of all the organizations and parties that make up the GPP—the umbrella group of those who support the revolution.

For Saturday, he called a meeting of the presidential councils of popular power: those councils that were elected by the bases to represent indigenous people, workers, youth, women, and other social sectors.

A central document for the Bolivarian revolution

Then finally, for next Wednesday, he called a meeting of all PSUV delegates, in Caracas, “in the morning, until necessary.” Nine hundred delegates will evaluate the situation, make plans, and create proposals, he said.

Maduro argued that it was important to come up with a “central document for the Bolivarian revolution” and to also create a separate commission for the National Assembly, which would work on defending the workers’ rights law, the social movements, and other legislative gains.

“This oligarchy will never represent you,” Maduro told Venezuelans in his address Monday, referring to the new elected opposition legislators, who will swear-in in January.

Source:  After Venezuelan Elections, Maduro Calls for ‘Debate, Consultation, Action’


One thought on “After Venezuelan Elections, Maduro Calls for ‘Debate, Consultation, Action’

  1. The maximum leader of the Bolivarian revolution, President Nicolas Maduro has sounded the initial salvo in mobilizing all the social forces at all levels of Venezuelan society to unite in defense of the revolution after the candidates of the oligarchy and imperialism gave the revolution a big defeat at the polls on Sunday, December 6th.

    The president has sounded the right salvo to initiate discussions and analyses not only about the failures of the revolutionaries and their allies at all levels of the society in the light of the big electoral victory of the counterrevolution. Perhaps more importantly he has also underscored the critical importance for the social forces in support of the revolution to develop programs and actions to engage with the representatives of the oligarchy and imperialism who will now control the National Assembly as of January 2016.

    There is no doubt that these programs and action plans of the revolution will have to be creative, tactical, smart and conciliatory in their attempts to engage and simultaneously expose the neoliberal plans of the political foes of the Bolivarian revolution who will soon control the National Assembly. Thus in this regard, it appears obvious that the programs, action plans and everything that the revolution does henceforth must be decidedly aimed at ending the control of the representatives of the oligarchy and imperialism over the peoples’ house.

    The reason for ending the political control of the oligarchy and imperialism over the peoples’ house is perhaps self-evident. However, in case it is necessary to justify the reason for the latter claim politically, the fact is that no revolution can consolidate its power with the class enemies of the working and poor classes in charge of any key institution of state power such as the National Assembly in this case. The National Assembly is critical to the governance of the country because it has power to propose laws and approve them, approve or disapprove government’s budget on various sectors such as education, health care, transportation and other critical infrastructure that will impact growth and development as well as approve or disapprove trade and security treaties with other countries.

    As such, President Maduro is right, the only goal of these representatives of the oligarchy and imperialism is to destroy the revolution and as such it is going to be very challenging times for the Maduro government and the peoples’ revolution to advance its objectives with what Maduro correctly calls ” the counterrevolution” in charge of the National Assembly. No doubt, their laws and budgets etc will be decidedly targeted at the core programs of the revolution with a view to totally dismantle the revolution at its core.

    However, “the counterrevolution” in the National Assembly will have to be very careful as to how they govern since though they will be dominant in the National Assembly and in some governorships etc, they will still have to contend with the peoples’ representatives in this organ of political power. Furthermore, they will have to be very careful in their zeal to dismantle peoples’ programs whether land reform programs from which tens of thousands of small campesinos have benefitted or housing programs, health care programs, education programs or others that the poorest of the poor and workers in Venezuela have benefitted from over the last nearly 20 years of revolution.

    If they are foolish enough to proceed too quickly to destroy the revolution, they will quickly confirm what Presidents Chavez and Maduro and all the forces allied to the revolution have been saying to the people and the world for the life of the revolution, namely, that the oligarchy and their foreign tutors have no interest in “their freedoms” and ” their rights” but rather they are only interested in reestablishing the freedoms, rights and power of those who have mismanaged the economy, stolen billions of petrodollars, served the interests of the rich and powerful and abandoned the working and poorer classes to misery and poverty. Thus if the counterrevolutionaries become too zealous in destroying the revolution, it could potentially lead to their very early political demise and perhaps an even more convincing victory of the Bolivarians the next time around should they play their cards right.

    However, if “the counterrevolution” in the National Assembly vacillates too much and for too long, they will accomplish little or nothing of significance in going after the core programs of the revolution. The latter will largely depend on the tactical maneuvers of the revolution in fighting at all levels to build peoples’ pressure on them to protect the programs of the revolution. It will also depend on the extent to which the political balance of forces change against the revolution within Venezuela and regionally between now and the end of the political term of the upcoming National Assembly.

    However, it is reasonably to assume that the oligarchy and imperialism will not sit by and allow the Maduro government and its allies in Venezuela to neutralize their victory. As such, the Maduro government and its allies within Venezuela will have to be tactically disposed to make compromises with “the counterrevolution” on budgets and a range of other things while ensuring that the strategic building blocks of the revolution are not destroyed.

    Thus, while the Maduro government should not act as if the political reality has not changed and be ready to make smart compromises, “the counterrevolution” likewise will have to remember that it does not have full power and that it too will have to be ready to compromise with the revolution.

    Consequently, whichever of the two contending forces, namely, the revolutionary government and its allies or the counter-revolutionaries play the superior tactical game between now and the next election for the National Assembly will determine the shaping of the balance of forces in the country and even the region.

    There is no doubt that just as how the global oligarchy and imperialism are salivating and extending solidarity to their victorious allies in Venezuela, it must be equally the case that all social forces that defend the Bolivarian revolution and oppose imperialism are obligated to extend solidarity and support to the embattled Bolivarian revolutionaries and people.

    We should NEVER forget that if the Venezuela revolution is defeated by imperialism, our struggles against it in the Caribbean, Latin America, the US, Africa and elsewhere in the world for better working conditions, more salary, more rights and freedoms to unionize, protest for our rights, fight for better housing, jobs, health care services, maternity leave and better quality education will become more difficult because the balance of power would have swung in favor of the oligarchy and imperialism.

    Finally, this piece would not be complete without highlighting a big lie about the Bolivarian revolution repeatedly told by the media of the oligarchy and imperialism inside and outside of Venezuela to discredit the revolution.

    The lie is that despite the fact that the socialists in Venezuela suffered a humiliating defeat to “the counterrevolution”, president Maduro quickly acknowledged defeat with grace and courage by saying that the results represent ” a victory for the constitution and democracy in Venezuela.” Contrast Maduro’s acceptance of the election results with the barefaced robbery of elections by the oligarchy and imperialism in countries like Haiti, Honduras, Mexico and even in the US in 2000 and again in 2004 with the dubious electoral results in these countries that are supposedly democratic.

    Thus, the many lies that “Maduro would not have recognized the election results”, “that Maduro like Chavez is a dictator”among others that were repeated multiple times by the corporate media in the lead up to the elections are just that lies and were once again exposed by the grace and dignity of President Maduro’s acceptance of the election results. Indeed, if in fact Maduro and Chavez before him were dictators, it would be next to impossible for ” the counterrevolution” to have even participated in the elections much more to have won 99 seats compared with 46 seats to the ruling socialist party with 22 seats to be decided.

    The latter is a clear signal of how the oligarchy and imperialism have lied repeatedly for the life of the revolution about authoritarianism and dictatorship in Venezuela.

    This lesson and the lie that teaches it should never be forgotten in the future when the revolution takes back victory from “the counterrevolution” in the next legislative elections.

    “Peace if you are willing to fight for it” Fred Hampton

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