Opposition does ‘absolutely nothing’ to end socialism

Venezuelan polling firm Meganálisis found in a study published this week that nearly 80% of the country believe members of opposition movements against socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro are either ‘sold out’ or themselves. chavistasa catastrophic lack of trust that makes change in the country almost impossible.

Meganálisis CEO Rubén Chirino Leañez told Breitbart News on Monday that the results of his company’s latest investigation are the result of the opposition doing “absolutely nothing” to combat socialist ideology and the result of “always fall into the same situation of dialogue and negotiation”. [with the regime] it ends up costing them politically.

Maduro, who became president in 2013, has ruled Venezuela with minimal resistance since he, with help from Russia and China, successfully crushed anti-socialist protests that lasted mostly from 2016 to 2018. He hasn’t been the country’s legally president since 2019, however. , when the National Assembly used its constitutional power to replace him with interim President Juan Guaidó in January of that year.

Guaidó – who at the time belonged to a full member party of the Socialist International, Popular Will – failed to secure the loyalty of the armed forces, the police or any other government agency assigned to him. would govern. While he technically remains the country’s president, his tenure has been defined by inaction and betrayal by other opposition leaders. In November, members of the socialist opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) opted to participate in sham elections organized by Maduro over Guaidó’s mild objection. A month later, his top diplomat, Julio Borges, resigned, proclaiming that Maduro had “created” an opposition “according to his specifications” and that Guaidó’s political group “should disappear completely”.

President of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello (right) speaks alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and First Lady Cilia Flores (left) during a rally at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela , April 6, 2019. (FEDERICO PARRA/AFP via Getty Images)

The latest national Meganálisis poll, released this week but conducted between March 22 and March 31, found little hope among ordinary Venezuelan citizens that any political opposition could change the country’s destiny.

Opposition does 'absolutely nothing' to end socialism

Thousands of people rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro along the Francisco Fajardo highway in eastern Caracas on April 19, 2017. (CARLOS BECERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

To the question: “When you see people saying that the majority of opposition political parties are sold out to the government and work for Chavismdo you think that is true? 78.1% of respondents answered yes, while 16.5% answered no and 5.4% said they didn’t know.

Opposition does 'absolutely nothing' to end socialism

The wife Lilian Tintori (C) and mother Antonieta Mendoza de Lopez (L) of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez are arrested by the National Guard 500 meters from the entrance to the Ramo Verde penitentiary in Los Teques, 30 km east of Caracas, where Lopez is imprisoned, on April 28, 2017. (RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Slightly more respondents – 82.3% – answered ‘no’ to ‘Do you trust opposition politicians?’ This number has increased by 7.8% over the past six months.

Former Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Julio Borges speaks during a news conference in Panama City February 23, 2018. Venezuela's opposition leader announced last week that he would start a toured several Latin American countries to lobby for conditions to ensure that the April 22 presidential elections in Venezuela are "free and fair." / AFP PHOTO / RODRIGO ARANGUA (Photo credit should read RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Julio Borges speaks during a press conference in Panama City on February 23, 2018. (RODRIGO ARANGUA/AFP via Getty Images)

The survey also found that distaste for the opposition translated into no popularity for Maduro, who spearheaded the country’s descent from Latin America’s wealthiest country to the source of its greatest migration crisis, a country where food shortages and power outages have been a regular. occurred for years.

Asked: “Do you think that with Maduro and Chavismo in power, Venezuela will be able to progress, have a better future and motivate those who have left the country to come back? 71.5% said no, while only 16.2% said yes, figures roughly comparable to disinterest in supporting the opposition.

“Who created this lack of trust for opposition politicians? All together – all the erratic ways they acted, all the contradictory actions led to this distrust,” Chirino told Breitbart News on Monday. “For a while they were stuck in this rut ​​of error after error, one after another and incongruities, and always falling into the same situation of dialogue and negotiation which ends up costing them politically.”

Chirino added that the opposition is doing “absolutely nothing” to end socialism and have become “appendices” to the existing socialist system. “It’s also part of the element of distrust – they end up not being a political offer totally against socialism. Rather, they’re appendages, a variant, or often just seen as the same thing,” he said. -he declares.

Chirino suggested that, if they seek the support of the people, opposition politicians must seek “a total break with this state of affairs, with this way of doing politics”. They must offer, he concluded, “a different way of building government than socialism”, citing as a positive example the rise of the classic liberal economist Javier Milei in neighboring Argentina. Milei’s rhetoric centers on opposing leftism in all its forms, calling socialism an “infestation” and a “disease” and regularly defiling tirades calling leftists “envious” and “full of hate”. Milei has promised to maintain no relationship with communist China if elected because “I don’t associate with dictators and communists” and condemned those who do as anti-capitalist.

Milei organized a movement called “Liberty Advances” in opposition to both the ruling socialist “Front for All” and the center-right “Together for Change” coalition, fueling the Argentine left’s first defeat in the Senate since 1983 in October. . Polls show Milei’s party is squarely in the running for the 2023 presidential election.

No such anti-communist political strain exists in mainstream Venezuela. Opposition leader María Corina Machado attempted to organize a conservative front, often clashing with Guaidó and the MUD, but made little progress in fusing anti-socialist energy around her party, Vente Venezuela.

Guaidó, meanwhile, has done little to address the concerns voiced in the poll. Guaidó recently spoke with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who pushed him to resume unpopular negotiations with Maduro.

“Secretary Blinken reaffirmed the commitment of the United States to the talks between the Maduro regime and the unity platform as the best path for a return to democracy and to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela,” said Monday. State Department spokesman Ned Price. “The Secretary also reiterated U.S. support for the democratically elected National Assembly in 2015 and for Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim president.”

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