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What if you held an election and nobody came? Maudro wins a phoney election

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  • What if you held an election and nobody came? Maudro wins a phoney election

    Maduro "won" a second term of six years in an election so biased and rigged it almost puts biased and rigged elections to shame.

    The turnout was somewhere between 25 and 45% depending on who you ask. Most of the opposition stayed home and refused to participate at all. Maduro's two opponents were a Chaveznista who no longer believes in Maduro and a neophyte priest.

    The majority of the eligible electorate chose not to participate and didn't go to the polls. Maduro won about 65% of the votes cast meaning that even in this overtly rigged election he got maybe 30% of the electorate with about 50 or 60% voting "no confidence" by not casting a vote at all.

    That's even with the electoral officials being Maduro cronies and not above ballot box stuffing, removing opposing votes, and doing other election hijinks.

    But, it's getting more likely that Maduro will be dictator of the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere shortly as the country is facing 13,000% inflation, an economy that shrank about 13% last year alone, and has few corporate investors left.

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    The Venezuelan dictatorship is a disgraceful government that has run the country into the ground. Nothing good can be said about it. The sooner it is removed the better for the nation & the region.

    That said, I am struck by the absurdity of an American commenting on low voter turnout and making something of a leader elected by 30% of the electorate. You really want to go with that? With minimal restrictions and all major parties participating you struggle to break 60% in presidential polls & 40% in midterms. In this election one of the major opposition parties boycotted the poll. of course turnout was low. How many US Presidents in the past 40 years have gained more than 30% of the electorate? Certainly not the incumbent, who couldn't even get close to a majority of votes cast. Oh, and Venezuela doesn't use ballot boxes.

    The grounds for criticizing Venezuela, its government & elections are almost boundless, which makes the choice to criticize in an area where the US performs so abysmally somewhat puzzling. A complete lack of self awareness would seem to be the obvious answer.
    Human beings are the only creatures on Earth that claim a god and the only living thing that behaves like it hasn't got one - Hunter S. Thompson

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BF69 View Post
      The Venezuelan dictatorship is a disgraceful government that has run the country into the ground. Nothing good can be said about it. The sooner it is removed the better for the nation & the region.
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      No disagreement but the problem is what replaces it?

      Over the years we've seen all over the world corrupt, inefficient and oppressive regimes toppled only to be replaced by even more corrupt,inefficient and oppressive ones albeit possibly of a different political hue and ideology, sometimes after a period of anarchy and bloodshed. I'm old enough to remember when Batista got toppled in Cuba and there was a great deal of enthusiasm for this world wide including in the USA - this cooled rapidly when we saw what came in his place.Everybody cheered when the Soviet backed Regime in Afghanistan was kicked out - until we saw what the Taliban and their friends were like. When a nation has no real long term experience of good government the danger is that one continues to go from bad to worse. The world seems to have no reliable mechanism for replacing a bad government with a good one - perhaps there isn't one - its a sortof politcal Gresham's law.

      I fear that a new government in Venezuela may prove as bad as the current one.
      Last edited by MarkV; 24 May 18, 13:42.
      Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
      Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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      • #4
        I think much of the turnout was there just to get the CLAP.



        That is, the paltry food handouts the government gives mostly to loyalists to Maduro...

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