Recently our hero Obama
traveled south of the Rio Grande
and listened to a number of tirades
from a number of Latin American leaders.
No doubt he responded to them as he responded to those 20 years of similar yelps from that Jeremiah Wright fellow. Really, there was nothing said by Daniel Ortega, the Castro boys and Chavez that had not been said and repeated ad infinitum from the rostrum of that dismal little church pastored by Wright. Certainly Obama could have made any of those speeches himself.
And what about those grim Latin American chieftains? Why do they blame all of their ills, woes and warts on the United States? Why the constant finger wagging and temper tantrums among these fellows?
After having lived in Latin America for 14 years, after having visited every single one of those nations, after having traveled the most obscure byways and their most outlandish jungles and mountains, after having imbibed countless adult beverages and shared countless plates of food with every social class down there, I have a number of conclusions about the style of governance in Latin American. This list is by no means complete.
Corruption is as common as the sun. The State exists to serve the whims of an elite whose visions seldom extend beyond pelt and pelf. Constitutions are scarcely worth paying attention to—and few do. Law is just another commodity, like soap or automobiles—the more money one has the more law one can purchase. Taxation is arbitrary and confiscatory. Government regulations are multitudinous and Byzantine. Poverty is rife and obvious. The police rely upon avarice and bribery. Militaries are used to control the citizenry. Ignorance and illiteracy are manifest. The ‘presidents’ south of the Rio Grande resemble bit players in an opera bouffe.
The men who rule those nations take their cues from the intellectuals among them, most of whom are as worthless as our own intellectuals. Almost to a man they blame their counties’ problems on the US. This is hardly logical, but logic among Latin intellectuals is as rare as clean water in Mexico. What exists south of the Rio Grande—poverty, under-employment, corruption, political violence, illiteracy, lunatic economic dislocations, civil wars—existed long before the US had any interest in the region. Indeed, most existed there before the US was even formed. In the words of those yanqui-blaming leftists’ favorite poster boy hero and Castro lick-spittle Gabriel García Márquez:
" The immeasurable pain and violence of our history are the result of age-inequities and untold bitterness, and not a conspiracy plotted 3000 leagues from our shores. "
For once a Latin American intellectual told the truth.
If the Latins wish to know the reasons for their problems, they could do no better than to look into a mirror. They complain of the corruption that is and has been rife in their nation, but then they are quick to bribe a policeman if caught speeding. Where do they think this corruption begins?
Since I am on a roll, why of course Americans caused all troubles of Latin America! Why, those clever yanquis told Argentina to destroy its banking system and then to go through five presidents in less than a year, Brazil to concentrate all its land into a few (white) hands, Peru to enslave its native population and keep them out of the nation’s economy, Colombia to enjoy 150 years of civil war and then turn over one-third of its territory to a drug gang, Venezuelans to use their oil wealth to enrich a few and then elect Chavez, Ecuador to fight a series of losing wars with Peru, Mexico to slaughter ten percent of its population in ten years, Paraguay to fight a war with three other nations at once, Cubans to dance in the street at the success of Castro, Nicaraguans to cheer the Sandinistas, Bolivia to cripple its economy with strikes, Chile to elect Allende and Guatemala to murder 100,000 of its people.
Those yanquis also gave orders to every nation south of the Rio Grande to confiscate the wealth of their nations and transfer it to a few white élites, depreciate their currencies to the level of recycled paper, refuse to transfer land to those who owned none, turn over their universities to a coddled and spoiled socialist elite, stuff every ballot box, fight dozens of internecine wars since independence, murder whole generations of political leaders, assassinate their journalists, insure that their drinking water is contaminated with feces, beatify mass murderers such as Che and Castro, create the largest slums outside of India, write incredibly Byzantine constitutions which are then ignored, elect and re-elect and yet again re-elect the most corrupt political class outside of the Chinese Politburo, build legal systems that exist only on paper, fight ‘dirty wars’ where tens of thousands were tortured and killed in secret, make the phrases ‘death squad’ and ‘the disappeared ones’ known throughout the world, plant millions of acres of cocaine and form international crime syndicates, spend billions on weapons and then use them against their own people and keep all their ill-gotten gains in foreign banks.
To sum up this history of Latin American politics: Mob rule is the usual style of governance. Statist socialism is the usual style of economics. Mendacious propaganda is the usual style of politicians. Riots are the usual style of protests.
The so-called ‘Great Liberator’ of South America, Simón Bolívar, at the end of his life blamed no one but his fellows for their woes:
" I consider that, for us [Latin] America is ungovernable; whosoever works for a revolution is plowing the sea; this country [Gran Colombia] will ineluctably fall into the hands of a mob gone wild, later again to fall under the domination of obscure small tyrants of every color and race; [We will be] decimated by every kind of crime and exhausted by our cruel excesses. "
All of this happened. He included some advice:
" The most sensible action to take in [Latin] America is to emigrate. "
And many Latin Americans have done just that. Where do they go, by the way? You know already. They move lock, stock and barrel to the hated US of A. They may spew ridiculous anti-American rhetoric while living in their own nations, but that in no way stops them from doing all they can to live among us damn yanquis. There is nothing so dear to a Latin American leftist as his treasured United States visa.
I endured many a rant from anti-Americans during my years spent wandering about in Latin America. Almost all were civil and some were in good fun. One sticks out concerning the obliviousness of the speaker. She was an educated, middle class Costa Rican and a true to life Latin American idiot. She railed against the usual suspects: US imperialism, America not signing the Kyoto Treaty, George Bush, the Republicans, American culture, capitalism and so on. You know the spiel. It is the same nonsense spouted by Ortega and Chavez last week. Anyway, while mouthing off she was wearing Levis and Nikes, speaking in perfect American English, her dentists and doctors were US trained, she owned a US-built car, she had a US bank account, she worked at an American school overseas, she was paid partly in US dollars, she had a US visa, she spent her vacations in the US and she sent her two children there for college.
She simply adored that book given by Chavez to our Dear Leader, Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America. It is a childish rant full of weeping and lamenting and tossing around blame for every Latin American weakness. Naturally the book will be praised by our own intellectuals and media as the truth about Latin America and the US, though it is highly unlikely that anyone of them will ever read it. The book is so very typical of Latin American rulers themselves: full of passion, tears, sound and fury, and signifying nothing but their own adolescent emptiness.
Books that would have been far better and logical are Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot, Liberty for Latin America and The Other Path. These are written by Latin American intellectuals themselves. They are not pleasant reads, especially if you were brought up believing all the pap and silliness and leftist goo-goo force fed to students at university campuses in the US and Latin America.
It is a tremendous pity and waste that some of the finest people on earth inhabiting some of the most stunningly beautiful land imaginable live under a governing elite that is purely extractive and exploitative, without any purpose save self-aggrandizement. But as explained by Alberto Carlos Montaner,
" The people of Latin American are victims not of a stubbornly corrupt ruling class but of their own tolerance toward those who violate the laws and of their own indifference toward the breakdown of standards. "
The old dictum that says people have the government they deserve almost always contains a bitter truth. If we don’t mind electing rogues, we have no right to complain.
Naturally, no self respecting Latin American leader would ever listen to such words. Neither would Obama. It no longer shocks to realize that, among all the handshakes and grins and laughter shared with those Latin American tyrants, Obama was among his own kind.
23 April 09
Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama
because he is not eligible to be President of the United States
because he is not a Natural Born Citizen
as required by Article Two, Section One, Clause Five
of the United States Constitution.
This is a fact regardless of
where he was born (Mombassa, Hawaii, Chicago, or Mars).
He is not a Natural Born Citizen
because he was not born of
BOTH OF WHOM WERE UNITED STATES CITIZENS
at the time of his birth.
His father was a subject/ciitizen
of Kenya/Great Britain at the time of his birth and afterwards.
His mother was too young to pass on her US citizenship
according to the law in effect when he was born.
Check it out:
His usurpation cannot be corrected by Congress,
it can only be corrected by his resignation, his removal
by an amendment to the Constitution
which will never happen.