2015 April 11 Saturday
Jeb Bush As President Of Some Country
In 2009 Jeb Bush identified himself as Hispanic on a voter registration form. Since Jeb is pretty dissatisfied with Americans this mistake seems a case of his subconscious reaching out and making its feelings known.
What to do about this? I see a solution for Jeb: become president of a Latin American country that desperately needs better leadership. Choose a country with much lower quality of government. Lots of examples come to mind. He has 26 Latin American countries to choose from. This idea struck me when reading a rumor that Michael Bloomberg wants to run for mayor of London. Isn't this the next step for the transnational elite that feels less loyalty to individual nations?
I think Jeb ought to focus on the biggest problem cases. Argentina comes to mind. But easily the biggest problem country in Latin America is Venezuela, impoverished by Chavez and Maduro oppression, price controls, socialism, and assorted other stupidities. Jeb could certainly do real good in Venezuela. Currently several former heads of state from Latin American countries and Spain are going to Venezuela to help defend Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma against arrest by Maduro's thuggish administration. So other major outside figures already see a need for outside leadership. They could all serve as his cabinet ministers once he sweeps to power (by any means necessary).
This time, González will be joined by eight colleagues (as of the weekend) including former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar, as well as Fernando Henrique Cardoso from Brazil, Andrés Pastrana (Colombia), Sebastián Piñera (Chile), Felipe Calderón (Mexico), Luis Alberto Lacalle (Uruguay), as well as Alan García and Alejandro Toledo (Peru). The invitation remains open, and more former presidents may join the group in the coming days.
Jeb might want to run Mexico since he and his family has long running ties with Mexico's elite. But Venezuela has the greatest need. Come on Jeb, do the right thing. Take over Venezuela and run it right. I think you'll like the ambiance and how much good you could do there.
By Randall Parker at 2015 April 11 08:17 PM
Jeb actually spent time in Venezuela so he has ties to the country. I think it's a great idea. He certainly views Hispanics as somehow better and more worthy than your run of the mill American, so I think your idea has merit. Don't be surprised if this idea isn't helpfully shouted to him during his campaign stops.
We should probably take over Venezuela to get cheap access to their oil. Jeb Bush could then be appointed as our satrap. This is a lot better idea than invading Iran.
Well, the term "Hispanic" doesn't mean much and often leads to error, because it confuses ideas of race, culture, ethnic group, language, Spain, Latin America, etc.
There's no Socialism in Venezuela. There is in some high-standard European countries.
All that talk about "becoming president of a Latin American country that desperately needs better leadership" or "26 countries to choose from" or "Take over Venezuela", sounds to me like a bunch of brainless, macho, trash talk. As Americans we should learn to stick our noses in our own business and let the rest of the world worry about themselves, however they may choose to live. It's going to be a long time before we let go of our imperialistic narcissism.
There are many Latin American countries where -according to serious polls- the happiness rate is higher than in the U.S.
As Americans? That's so mid-20th century. Everyone is an American. Everyone is entitled to come here. There is no in-group called Americans any more. Talking like that is just hegemonic narrative. Globalism.
Our oil is cheaper than their heavy oil. We do not need their oil. Plus, electric battery prices are falling. Our need for oil in the future is going to be much lower.
Seth - I've heard that Mayan Indians from the south of Mexico who know less Spainish that I do are counted as Hispanic in the US. I wonder are Portugese speaking Brazilians considered Hispanic in the US and entitled to racial preferences?
Popular Bolivarian governments have won 12 of Venezuela's last 13 elections. Further, 80% of the voting age population participated in the 2013 election, won by Maduro. That is a massive increase on 1990s levels, when the Chavez phenomenon effectively sidelined the old and moribund two party system. And the electoral system is secure. Even the political journalist for anti-government paper El Universal described Venezuela's electoral system as 'one of the most technologically advanced verifiable voting systems in the world', with protections against fraud and tampering and scrutineered random recount mechanisms.
As most mass media remains in the hands of a tiny oligarchy, for whom Venezuela has long been a 'black sheep', image shaping is often distorted. Surveys by the Chilean-based company LatinoBarómetro (2014: 8-9) illustrate this point very well. The image of Venezuela's democracy from outside the country is rather ordinary (seen as 41% and 47% favourable, between 2010 and 2013), whereas within Venezuela it is very different. Venezuelans rate their democracy at 70%, the second highest (after Uruguay) in Latin America. LatinoBarómetro (2014: 9) itself is surprised by these results, saying: 'The five countries which most appreciate their own democracy are countries governed by the left: Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Ecuador and Nicaragua ... the democracy of which citizens speak is clearly not the democracy of which the "experts" in Washington speak'.
That is 21st century for you Randall. Look it up.
Now if you don't like the term "Americans" I'm open to suggestions on what to call a citizen of what really is a country with no name. Unided-Statians, perhaps? North-American-UnCanadians? Gringos? Unlatin-American-American? Between-Canadia-Mexicanians? Turkeylander? Bald-Eaglelander? New English?
Please help me step into the 21st century. Thank you.
Yes, Venezuela's voters selected the Bolivarians who are running Venezuela into the ground. Imagine the US had Venezuela's electorate. We'd be in deep trouble.