August 18, 2022



With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.

William Lloyd Garrison

After the crushing defeat in the last parliamentary elections and Maduro’s apparent conciliatory words of “democracy has worked”, reality reached. It is hard to speculate why the Venezuelan leaders did not, as in the past, steal the election. Did Maduro with his limited intellect misjudge the extent of the opposition to the Castro/Chavez regime? Did the military finally established some order and stopped the theft to avoid a public revolt? Who knows! Like the leopard, the country’s autocratic rulers can’t change what they are. They care little about the plight of the population, manipulating their woes to their advantage by playing the division between the rich and poor. With that, they feed crumbs to the unfortunate, keeping them dependent, and steal from the fortunate amassing personal fortunes.

Raul Castro, the real author of Venezuelan policies gave Maduro the first clue in his call to defend the regime. Soon afterwards Maduro faced the nation with a combative message and the leader of the parliament, Diosdado Cabello, announced measures to limit the newly formed body’s power. This gentleman, rumored by many to be the real leader of the “Chavismo”, is a shady character, with an extreme ideology, and possible drug trafficking connections. His name Diosdado Cabello, which literally means “God given hair”, might have predicted his destiny as he is mostly bald.   Maduro’s disparaging comments towards the newly elected legislators calling them “bad guys that won with lies and deceit”, and threatening the population with the idea that he could stop free housing, did not look promising for an establishment of democracy, or the improvement in the lives of the suffering population. Cabello also promised that the present legislature will appoint justices that in turn, responding to the Chavistas, will consider any legislation from the new representatives unconstitutional. It is obvious that in the evident rejection of a rapprochement by Maduro, a confrontation with the citizenship will result. It comes back to what we have espoused since the first fraudulent election and Chavez dictatorship; the only real solution will be a military takeover of the government. As anticipating this, Maduro raised their salaries and told them to prepare for an “unconventional war”, as the powerful, he shouted, even with the electoral win will not change the country’s direction. Aggressive words indeed, that should make the hopeful realize that democratic institutions are not, and have never been, powerful enough to depose tyrants.


Fernando J. Milanes, MD