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US doubts fairness of Nicaragua elections

I doubt many here are concerned about what Bush's State Department thinksabout elections anywhere but maybe we should be concerned about what more reputable types think.

St. Peter was approached by Satan, who suggested a football game between Heaven and Hell.

St. Peter thought that was a grand idea and readily agreed.  Then he noticed Satan chuckling.

"How can you be happy," St. Peter asked Satan.  "We have all the great players who have died,  we have all the great coaches, what chance has your side?"

Satan could not contain his mirth.  He howled with merriment.  When he finally caught his breath, Satan laughed, "We have all the referees."

The municipal elections in Nicaragua this day find many former Sandinistas in opposition but they will not be on the ballot.  The reform party of Sandinistas has been banned from the ballot.  So they support candidates ranging from somocistas to democrats in unified opposition to Nicaragua becoming another Zimbabwe.

One might see these former revolutionaries as analogous to the PUMA's but they are not just a small collection of kooks. Rather they are a substantial group of leftists that have once again risked life and livelihood to oppose decay of democracy in Nicaragua.  

Though another deadly hurricane is bearing down on the second poorest country in the Americas that continues to be tormented by natural disasters, Nicaragua is under far more dire threat from the unnatural Ortega. Ortega is also proposing a referendum that will allow him to continue his progress toward totalitarian rule.

Matter at all to us does it?

Yes it does.  To the planet as well, unless you are a global warming denier like Sarah Palin.

You see the Orinoco tar sands in Venezuela are part of the oil weapon that is funding the Sandinistas gone bad through secret accounts.  The Orinoco tar sands are no less a threat to the planet than Canada's Athabascan tar sands.

If you go to Church today, kindly consider praying for deliverance of Nicaraguans.  Have they not been punished enough?  Even this godless heretic thinks so.

Best,  Terry

Originally posted to terryhallinan on Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 10:51 PM PST.

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  •  Deliverance from Ortega to??? (0+ / 0-)

    This is not an apologist posting for Daniel Ortega. His rhetoric was good leading up to the election, sounding more like a social democrat than the old Daniel. In the interim, he has taken measures to concentrate power a al Hugo Chavez. The Counsels of Citizen Power (CPCs) are being reestablished. They sound good on paper, giving local individuals more control and power over their own resources. Unfortunately, they are also be used as an extra-legislative power structure serving Daniel and circumventing the rest of the government.

    I have mixed feelings though. Many Sandinista initiatives were good, and Zero Hungry is a noble endeavor currently being pushed. I am not convinced of what the "left" opposition purports to try to accomplish, and even less willing to support the Somocistas who would have Nicaragua return to the bad old days before the revolution. The problem with Central American politics is that elected leaders become opportunists, and Ortega is no different. I just don't know that any of the alternatives are palatable.

    "As Ghandi used to say, 'By any means necessary,'" - Fake Steve Jobs, RIP

    by nefrocatracho on Sat Nov 08, 2008 at 11:36:27 PM PST

    •  Point Taken (1+ / 0-)
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      I am not convinced of what the "left" opposition purports to try to accomplish, and even less willing to support the Somocistas

      How would you have voted when Louisiana not all that long ago offered up the Lizard or the Wizard (Edwin Edwards vs. David Duke) as a most incredibly unappetizing choice for governor.

      Most chose Edwards and got corruption run amuck as any damn fool could have predicted.

      At the time I considered it possible - possible, barely possible, mind you - that I would rather have chosen David Duke since that idiot would probably be able to accomplish little against a unified opposition of nearly the entire country.

      Gawddam hard to conceive of voting for a somocista but Somoza is dead and won't be resurrected.  Ortega is alive and no better than the original.

      On the other hand most of the opposition allowed on the ballot seem not to be somocistas.

      What do the former Sandinistas want?

      Freedom from terror and dictatorship.  Seems to me Americans used to value that highly.

      Best,  Terry

      •  I'd like to believe that the former Sandinistas (0+ / 0-)

        are legit. Freedom from terror and dictatorship certainly would be a welcome change for Nicaraguans. I can't say I'm well-informed enough to stand behind them, but if they can institute a government whose ideals are those of the Sanidinista movement, minus the eventual and inevitable power hoarding that goes on after violent revolutions, then I would support them. On the other hand, I don't think it was appropriate for the US to take out full page advertisements warning against the election of Ortega. Kind of puts him in a corner before he is even elected, and we know how caged animals act. Makes his power-grab all the more imminent, in my opinion.

        "As Ghandi used to say, 'By any means necessary,'" - Fake Steve Jobs, RIP

        by nefrocatracho on Sun Nov 09, 2008 at 12:20:34 AM PST

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        •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

          I don't think it was appropriate for the US to take out full page advertisements warning against the election of Ortega.

          It strikes me as foolish for Bushies to think that public opposition by our current administration to Ortega would be anything other than helpful to Ortega.

          Ortega is hated so much in Nicaragua today that his ratings are lower than Bush's, if surveys are to be believed.  His greatest ally is Bush.

          Best,  Terry

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