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17/10/06

What would YOU do if you were in charge of a country like Venezuela? Oscar Heck

  

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VHeadline.com commentarist Oscar Heck writes: If you were in charge of a country, of a peoples, what would you do?    If those around you voted for you and entrusted you with leadership, what would you do? I was in charge of my family well not really my wife was (and still is) but I agreed and still agree with her. My children grew up with family, not in daycare centers. I am proud of our children for they turned out very well. They have conserved the human values which we tried to teach them. They are considerate, kind, sincere, straight-forward and do not resort to deception or lies to justify their errors or their misgivings or weaknesses. They face life with a slap in the face or with the soft touch of a warm summer wind. They began to work at a young age, to discover the emotional, psychological and physical costs and winnings of their own expressions of character, whims and idiosyncrasies. 

I, we, have been lucky, very lucky for we did not allow our consumerist, materialist and savage-capitalist environment to take over our lives and the lives of our children.  

If I were Chavez, Venezuela's democratically-elected President, what would I do?

  • What would you do?  How would you bring up your grand and multi-faceted family?  

I am certain that, as in the case of leading your immediate nuclear family, you would attempt to 91bring up' your national family as best you could with love, with empathy, with sober concern with caring, with a strong arm, with creativity and with a sense of humor.  In other words, with humanity.   I am certain that you would wish the best for your children and that does not necessarily mean the 91best' in terms of material goods for what is important to the human being, to your children, is to feel that they are loved, that they are important.  It is important that they be happy with themselves and with others.   It is not wise to force you child to become a medical doctor when your child has always dreamed of being happy as a bus driver. 

If you were in charge, you would do everything to dignify your children and to make them feel dignified, wouldn't you? 

This is what Chavez is doing in Venezuela. 

Now I interrupt this article and I will deviate from the original line of thought.  As I write I am watching The Daily Show, with Jon Stewart.  He mentions that the USA is pitiful in the realm of democracy and he is seemingly correct.  Democracy implies that people vote for their leaders, which implies that the populace actually does go out to vote.  A measure of true democracy would perhaps be proportionate to the number of people that do in fact go out to vote.  The reasoning is simple.  If people feel that they truly live in a democracy, then people will go out to vote because they are   content with the democratic system.  If people do not go out to vote, then there must be a reason. Probably, they do not trust the system in which they find themselves or they simply do not care because they may find that their vote is meaningless, that it doesn't count. 

Well, thank you Jon Stewart for providing us with a glimpse into reality.

  • According to the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the USA ranks 139th in voter turn-out.  Cambodia ranks 3rd and Venezuela ranks 69th.  Canada ranks 77th and Mali ranks last at position 172. 

South America's strongest US allies rank low as well: Colombia (which is a collaborator in US-led 93Free Trade94 agreements and which has been collaborating with the US-led 93war94 on drugs through Plan Colombia) ranks 163rd,   Guatemala (which is seeking a seat at the UN Security Council with US backing) ranks 169th, and Chile (which over the years has basically followed US orders) ranks 148th. Mexico, the USA's main Latin American 93Free Trade94 partner ranks 140th, one spot lower than the 93grand94 pro-democracy USA. 

Below is a chart which I copied and pasted from the above-mentioned website. Very interesting intriguing. 

All countries, all elections since 1945

Country (no. of elections) vote/VAP%
1 Italy (14) '.5
2 Seychelles (2) 90.2
3 Cambodia (2) 90.5
4 Iceland (16) 89.5
5 Angola (1) 88.3
6 Indonesia (6) 88.3
7 Somalia (1) 87.1
8 New Zealand (18) 86.2
9 Uzbekistan (2) 86.2
10 South Africa (1) 85.5
11 Albania (4) 85.3
12 Austria (16) 85.1
13 Belgium (17)* 84.9
15 Netherlands (15) 84.8
16 Australia (21) 84.4
17 Denmark (22) 83.6
18 Sweden (17) 83.3
19 Bosnia and Herzegovina (1) 82.8
20 Czech Republic (4) 82.8
21 Mauritius (6) 82.8
22 Azerbaijan (1) 82.5
23 Portugal (9) 82.4
24 Mongolia (3) 82.3
25 Rwanda (1) 82.0
26 Tuvalu (2) 81.9
27 Western Samoa (2) 81.9
28 Andorra (2) 81.3
29 Germany (13) 80.6
30 Slovenia (1) 80.6
31 Aruba (3) 80.4
32 Namibia (2) 80.4
33 Greece (17)* 80.3
34 Guyana (7) 80.3
35 Israel (14) 80.0
36 Kuwait (5)* 79.6
37 Norway (14) 79.5
38 Palau (1) 79.3
39 San Marino (6) 79.1
40 Finland (15) 79.0
41 Suriname (5) 77.7
42 Malta (13) 77.6
43 Bulgaria (3) 77.5
44 Ethiopia (1) 77.4
45 Romania (2) 77.2
46 Spain (7) 77.0
47 Maldives (2) 76.0
48 Slovakia (1) 75.9
49 Comoros Islands (2) 75.7
50 Cape Verde Islands (2) 75.6
51 Burundi (1) 75.4
52 Palestinian Authority (1) 75.4
53 Republic of the Congo (1) 75.3
54 Ireland (16) 74.9
55 United Kingdom (15) 74.9
56 Republic of Korea (9) 74.8
57 Monaco (6) 73.8
58 Croatia (2) 73.5
59 Turkey (9) 73.5
60 St. Vincent and the Grenadines (12) 72.4
61 Tajikistan (1) 72.4
62 Venezuela (9) 72.2
63 Belize (5) 72.1
64 Dominica (11) 71.3
65 Macedonia (1) 71.2
66 Argentina (16)* 70.6
67 Cyprus (6) 70.4
68 Uruguay (10) 70.3
69 Vanuatu (4) 70.2
70 Taiwan, Republic of China (4) 70.1
71 Philippines (7) 69.6
72 Togo (4) 69.3
73 Papua New Guinea (8) 69.1
74 Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (14) 69.1
75 Japan (21) 69.0
76 Dominican Republic (11) 68.7
77 Canada (17) 68.4
78 Costa Rica (12) 68.4
79 Malawi (1) 67.9
80 Iran (2) 67.6
81 France (15) 67.3
82 Liechtenstein (16)* 67.3
83 Mozambique (1) 66.4
84 Trinidad and Tobago (11) 66.2
85 Ukraine (3) 66.1
86 Madagascar (5) 66.1
87 Grenada (11) 64.8
88 Kazakhstan (1) 64.3
89 Lesotho (4) 64.3
90 Algeria (3) 64.2
91 Hungary (3) 64.1
' Luxembourg (12) 64.1
93 Moldova (2) 60.5
94 Nepal (5) 63.7
95 Barbados (10) 63.5
96 Bahamas (6) 63.2
97 Latvia (3) 63.1
98 Belarus (1) 63.0
99 Federated States of Micronesia (1) 63.0
100 Kiribati (5) 62.4
101 Nicaragua (10) 62.0
102 Singapore (8) 62.0
103 Tonga (1) 61.7
104 Bolivia (13) 61.4
105 India (12) 60.7
106 Georgia (2) 60.6
107 Sri Lanka (10) 60.5
108 Lebanon (2) 60.2
109 Benin (2) 60.1
110 Lithuania (2) 60.1
111 St. Lucia (13) 59.9
112 Fiji (2) 59.9
113 Guinea (1) 59.9
114 Sao TomE9 and Principe (2) 59.6
115 Solomon Islands (5) 59.0
116 Malaysia (7) 59.0
117 Zimbabwe (5) 58.8
118 Jamaica (12) 58.5
119 Tunisia (4) 58.4
120 St. Kitts and Nevis (10) 58.1
121 Syria (1) 58.0
122 Morocco (5) 57.6
123 Bangladesh (6) 56.0
124 Estonia (3) 56.0
125 Gambia (6) 55.8
126 Paraguay (11) 56.0
127 Russia (2) 55.0
128 Honduras (12) 55.3
129 Cameroon (4) 53.9
130 Panama (4) 53.4
131 Poland (4) 52.3
132 Kyrgyzstan (1) 51.2
133 Armenia (1) 50.6
134 Uganda (3) 50.6
135 Central African Republic (1) 50.3
136 Antigua and Barbuda (10) 50.2
137 Burma/Myanmar (2) 50.0
138 Switzerland (13)* 49.3
139 USA (26) 48.3
140 Mexico (18) 48.1
141 Peru (7) 48.0
142 Brazil (13) 47.9
143 Tanzania (1) 47.9
144 Nigeria (3) 47.6
145 Thailand (14) 47.4
146 Sierra Leone (3) 46.8
147 Botswana (7) 46.5
148 Chile (11) 45.9
149 Chad (1) 45.1
150 Ecuador (18) 44.7
151 El Salvador (15) 44.3
152 Kenya (2) 43.8
153 Haiti (2) 42.9
154 Senegal (6) 42.6
155 Mauritania (1) 42.5
156 Ghana (5) 42.4
157 Pakistan (6) 41.8
158 Zambia (4) 40.5
159 Ivory Coast (1) 39.9
160 Burkina Faso (4) 38.3
161 Nauru (8) 37.3
162 Yemen (2) 36.8
163 Colombia (20) 36.2
164 Niger (2) 35.6
165 Bahrain (1)* 32.6
166 Guinea-Bissau (1) 32.1
167 Sudan (2) 32.0
168 Jordan (3) 29.9
169 Guatemala (15) 29.8
170 Djibouti (2) 28.0
171 Egypt (5) 24.6
172 Mali (2) 21.7

If the USA claims to be so democratic, then why is it that it ranks so low (at about at 20%, comparatively) in the voter turn-out ranks?  If  Venezuela is so not-democratic (according to the US State Department), then why is it that it ranks relatively high (at about 60%, comparatively) on the same scale? 

US-style democracy appears to be a sham, a hoax, a deception. It is! 

Venezuelan-style democracy appears to be doing much better than US-style democracy.  Even Iran, which the US government labels as a dictatorship of sorts (which it isn't) finds itself in 80th place, way ahead of the USA yet the USA will probably use the lame and criminal excuse that it will 93help94 bring democracy to Iran when it attacks and invades Iran.  

Isn't it ironic and nonsensical? 

Why does the USA claim to be so democratic when it is obviously not the case?  If USAers had faith in their democracy, they would go out to vote.   The USA would thus be near the top of the list in terms of voter turn-out but they are near the bottom of the list! 

Now, where was I? 

Yes what would you do if you were in charge of a country? 

The answer appears to be clear at this point ... you would probably do whatever is best for your people, for your children and in return, the people would go out to vote because they trust and believe in you and your democratic system.

The day you find the voter turn-out ranking to be as low as it is for the USA is the day you have to very seriously question either your competence or your human values or both!

Oscar Heck
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