By Luis Manuel Aguana
Since the media have been interested in the lines of this blog, I have always been concerned with how to reconcile the brief with the important. The media requires that ideas be compacted in a few minutes, if it is radio or television programs, or in a few lines if it is written press articles or on the net.
That’s why I suffer a lot when being invited to a radio or TV program, the narrow time offered is difficult enough to include everything important of the idea you want to transmit without leaving something out. However, I was taught at the best business school in this country that if you are standing in front of a Board of Directors to sell an idea, if you don’t get it in 5 minutes, then it’s because you don’t know it clearly. That always struck me as shocking but time and experience made me accept that the axiom is rigorously true.
Invited yesterday, extraordinarily accompanied by Dr. Blanca Rosa Mármol de León, to the prestigious morning program of José Domingo Blanco (Mingo) at RCR 750 AM (you can listen to the program in https://youtu.be/5B6Hp59RvBA) to expose the ideas of my last note (see Conflict of Interests, in https://ticsddhh.blogspot.com/p/conflict-of-interests.html) I felt like in my old executive days: convincing an audience in a few minutes of something they haven’t been exposed to, without dying in the attempt. If I am not completely convinced that I have achieved it (I am somewhat out of practice), I will try again to explain the message.
The underlying message of my last note is that we Venezuelans and the National Assembly have a conflict of interest. They want one thing and we want another: “A conflict of interest is a situation in which the judgment of the individual -concerning his primary interest- and the integrity of an action tend to be unduly influenced by a secondary interest, generally economic or personal” (see Conflict of Interest, at https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflicto_de_inter%C3%A9s). The National Assembly’s judgment of what happens to Venezuelans is influenced by a secondary interest that makes the integrity of what they must do affect the primary interest that is none other than that of the people who gave them the mandate. Whether it is of “generally economic type” as the definition indicates, or political or otherwise, remains to be seen.
Venezuelans want a humanitarian intervention based on an international principle (Responsibility to Protect-R2P) and they do not. They do not want humanitarian aid to enter Venezuela accompanied by a foreign military force to reach its destination safely, when we desperately need it. They have denied on six consecutive occasions the proposal of Fraction 16J to include in the agenda of parliament the debate for the authorization of foreign military missions in Venezuela, as indicated in Article 187, numeral 11 of the Constitution. They do not want the international community to put an end by force to the serious violations of human rights that the regime is committing, as established by the international norm of Responsibility to Protect (R2P), without Venezuelans being able to do absolutely anything to prevent it. But as we shall see, if there is anything we can do.
Let’s not get into why they don’t want to do it because I’ve already looked it up in that note (political or economic reasons). However, we are their principals (DRAE, mandante: 2. m. and f.). Person who in the consensual contract called mandate entrusts to another his personal representation, or the management or performance of one or more businesses) and they are our mandatarios (DRAE, mandatario, ria: 2. m. and f.). Person who, by virtue of the consensual contract called mandate, accepts from the plaintiff to represent him personally, or the management or performance of one or more businesses). They must do what we ask them to do because they are our representatives. If they don’t, you either take away their mandate or you exercise it directly. That’s what Article 5 of our Constitution says.
The fact that we have given our Deputies the administration of our Sovereignty -which resides untransferably in us- to exercise it indirectly through suffrage, does not prevent us from resorting to our Original and sovereign Power when we consider it pertinent through the mechanisms established by the Constitution. And it seems that our leaders are forgetting this when they do not allow themselves to be helped by the citizens to achieve the “cessation of usurpation” of Nicolás Maduro Moros. It seems that we have reached the moment of resorting to that Original Power that belongs to us.
From the Original National Constituent Alliance-ANCO we have formulated a proposal at national and international level to resort to the direct exercise of sovereignty that resides untransferably in the Venezuelan people to give an immediate stop to the usurpation of power exercised by Nicolás Maduro Moros, through the means given to us by the constitution through Article 70: A Popular Consultation conducted by civil society as a means of popular participation (see Citizen Manifesto for World Consultation, in http://ancoficial.blogspot.com/2019/03/comunicado-anco-manifiesto-ciudadano.html). We have called it the Global Consultation because it would include all Venezuelans around the world who have expatriated as a result of the ruin that the regime has brought to Venezuela. Hence, we conclude that the cessation of usurpation is decided by the Venezuelan people, the main slogan of our initiative..
There is no other way to express sovereignty. It is not a survey, nor is it the perception of the International Community – even if it is evident – including the countries that accompany the regime, that we do not want the regime of Nicolás Maduro Moros. It is the precise authorization of an entire people so that they can enter the territory on the basis of a humanitarian norm (R2P) agreed upon at the 2005 UN Summit, and signed by Venezuela, to stop the extermination of which we are victims by the usurper regime and to suppress it, to allow the further development of a Transitional Government and Free Elections. This has a mobilizing effect on the demolishing society.
This situation has NEVER happened in the world. It is unprecedented. What has happened in the past is that the International Community assesses whether or not they intervene according to their assessment of the situation in the country being assessed. Never before has a country as a whole been seen to issue an SOS using the power given to them by its Constitution, with evidence in hand that the extremes of humanitarian law are covered. We have that power and we must use it. This ANCO initiative was mentioned by Ambassador Diego Arria in his speech at the OAS Forum “Responsibility to Protect in the Americas” as a request for help from an entire people (see @Diego_Arria at #OEA Conference and @StanleyFound on Responsibility to Protect in the Americas https://t.co/HgqLaS65lh). It would be very difficult for any country to deny us this aid, including Russia and China, within the Security Council. It is the same people who are crying out for assistance. And if they do not give it, even though it is their moral and political obligation, it will not be because we have not requested it. And we have to ask for it directly.
This is not an in-country consultation. It is a consultation with clear international nuances, but it is decided by the Venezuelans -here and out-, absolute owners of Sovereignty. President Juan Guaidó should support this initiative of the Civil Society, not only because it would help him to accelerate civically and through an undoubtedly democratic mechanism, the first step of the trilogy: “the cessation of usurpation”, but also because it would be a clear mandate from the people who would prefer this consultative process of these characteristics to elections rigged and negotiated with a usurping regime.
The Transition Statute approved by the National Assembly establishes that the National Assembly acts within the framework of the Statute, in Article 16, Number 6: “Articulate actions with civil society to promote mechanisms for citizen participation that legitimize the democratic transition process and favor the cessation of the usurpation of presidential powers by Nicolás Maduro Moros. The Assembly itself is obliged to articulate actions with us to achieve the “cessation of usurpation”. What better initiative than to call upon the people to exercise their sovereignty through the mechanisms of citizen participation provided for in the Constitution? How could Juan Guaidó disagree with that?
This World Consultation could hardly be considered an obstacle to achieving the objective that is common to us, that is, the “cessation of usurpation”…unless deputy citizens have different objectives from those of their constituents, in which case Popular Sovereignty would always be imposed over those who still insist on betraying the mandate entrusted to them, whether for political, economic or other interests….
Caracas, March 22, 2019