The ongoing USG interference in Venezuelan domestic politics has lead to an observation that the USG propaganda outlet CNN has been translating sloppily and lazily. Notably taking:
Si/í se Puede
On the streets of to be
Yes we can.
This doesn't work. First for the minor point that verbally sí meaning yes and si meaning if need to be distinguished. The distinguising happens through conversation. In a chant the ambuguity CANNOT be resolved. Ths quirk of the language does have cultural impacts. At the other end of the chant the English word "can" maps onto the root word "poder" in Spanish which can be branched as follows:
- I can == Puedo
- You can == Puedes
- He/She can == Puede
- We can == Podemos
- They/Yall can == Pueden
Which form of the verb poder is chosen determines who can. As you can see there are plural option of this list for the first as well as second and third person perspectives. Puede is clearly singular. One person can, and that person can be a third person or the second person addressed formally in the third person. As far as the pronoun "se" it can do a lot of things. The only thing of importance here is that excludes introducing the first person. This allow clarifying that one person who is neither me nor us can. However it could be you provided you are cool enough to formally address in the third person.
At no point at all is there a "We" involved.
Which leads to the wonder of why the tired Hussein Bahamas campaign slogan is being forced on to these poor Venezuelan marchers? Could it be CNN and the Pantsuit femstate were abusively instead mocking the English language. That the "We" in Obama's "Yes we can" was never about the abusively educated kids getting to be a part of the "we."
US Pantsuit Interest In The Spanish Langage
While CNN is abusively mistranslating street chants for their handicapped English as a single language audience, they at the same time publish numerous puff pieces favoring mass Central American immigration of a very particular sort to the United States. They advocate bringing the poorest of Central America's poor into the United States to deliver them asylum from their own poverty.
I don't particularly care whether poor Hondurans speak their Mayan languages in Honduras, California, New York, or Alaska. I find it peculiar that the particular Central American country Pantsuit has focused on is the one that speaks the least Spanish. As far as I can tell Pantsuits appear to be giving up on language as a tool for social engineering their Femstate.
Consider the situation on the ground in Venezuela. Both sworn Presidents of Venezuela drew enormous crowds in rallies supporting them. Now there are Venezuelans, mostly outside of Venezuela who hold strong political opinions which they try to ground in reasons, to the extent they can given the toxic information warfare environment dominated by dueling flavors of socialism. There's surely some of these in Venezuela as well mostly trapped by family obligations. The major dispute in the crowds however is a simple one.
One group is comfortable with the dry goods basket Maduro's team delivers to them. The other group thinks someone else could give them a better dry goods basket. This makes very educated Venezuelans who survived intense schooling in the soviet tradition very uncomfortable when mentioned.
The Gibs Problem
US Pantsuits see what is happening in Venezuela and they envy it, seeing how it matches the strategy they have been using to dominate urban politics in the United States expanded to a national scale. Consider the last few US presidential elections:
- Bush/Gore: Two candidates debate dueling visions for the US leadership in the World
- Bush/Kerry: Two candidates debate dueling visions for the US in a world where the US apparently is less popular than imagined.
- Obama/McCain: Hope, Change and free shit versus a stern lich1 imagining himself a Maverick while pathologically agreeing with Hope/Change guy.
- Obama/McCain: Now he can (after failing to deliver) versus polite fellow uncommitted to win it
- Trump/Clinton: Narrative of redemption and a path for more gibs versus old woman who waited her turn.
It appears whoever most convincingly makes the case they are going to give the people what they want wins. Simplifying what the people want to a particular monthly basket of dry goods sure seems to cut out a lot of messy business. Nevermind the difficulty of holding the elected government to their promised dry goods basket while being the sort of biped choosing a government over how many noodles they are offering. Maybe one candidate offers longer noodles, another a higher count of noodles, neither are likely going to want to be pinned down and made to offer a weight of noodles.
What Is Pantsuit Talking About Today?
Today the trendy Pantsuit organs, the remains of Gawker, WaPo's magazines et al are talking about a story they broke this weekend. A white 14 year old boy attending an anti-abortion protest with a a group from his catholic school was part of a group aggressed by "Black Israelites" from another protest group hurling racial abuse. An old "Native American Rights" protestor with yet another protest decided to intervene in the situation by approaching the school group and aggressively beating a drum inches away from the school group. The fact the the white kid reacted by smiling triggered a fountain of outrage.
After days of being outraged, hedging their outrage, and doubling down on their outrage, the Pantsuit press continue targeting this one 14 year old boy personally by name. Now they are outraged that they've driven the kid to issue a statement that his does no feel sorry towards the old chief who got in his face with a drum. There's little to the story other than the kids haven't been completely cowed out of politely standing their ground.
Yet, at a time when another color revolution is going on and and Iraq style "humanitarian intervention" is in the works... they can't stop writing about the kid and putting his headlines above actual developing news. Instead they wring every ounce of emotional response out of the kid's smirk because they have to try their damnest to drown out reality with concern over form.
What Is Pantsuit Not Talking About Today?
The sad story of Simón Bolivar who inspired by the colonies to the north casting off the British worked to liberate the southern Americas from the Spanish. However when spreading Democracy he took the gringo "people" out of context to mean all featherless bipeds with flat nails at at time the gringos were using people to mean a much narrower class of bipeds. He spent his last years horrified by the monster he wrought which in his own lifetime frequently materialized as elections decided by who promised the most generous monthly rations.
Fellow citizens! I blush to say this: Independence is the only benefit we have acquired, to the detriment of all the rest - Simón Bolivar
Eventually, painfully Venezuela emerged as a country. Enough of a country to take loans from Europe and get blockades after defaulting on the loans. Then the democracy brought the World Wars the Americas got leverage from having not been wrecked. Uruguay had a miracle, Argentina was a power, but Venezuela was a petro state. While the rest of the continent ran out their luck by the 70s, Venezuela was rich as late as the 1990's. Richer than Qatar, but... more populated. Then they got Chavez who read young Bolivar without reading old Bolivar. In the name of equality everyone got poorer. When elections came around, the will of the people continued to favor monthly rations over earning one's own way. Repeatedly. When Chavez died, the last of the skilled people started fleeing but Maduro kept riding this formular to the re-election for which he was just sworn in.
The Pantsuits are quiet now because they want Trump to unleash USG.RED so they can pin the ensuing debacle on Trump. All of the starving babies under Maduro be damned, Pantsuit want to unload democracy's failure in Venezuela on anything but socialism. Until the missiles start flying and Maduro sinks an aircraft carrier, Pantsuit can only bide their time and bitch about smiling white boys. Once the missiles fly they'll demand Maduro voters resettled in Ohio, but I doubt they will expend the effort to learn Spanish. Going back to the start of this post they will simply keep telling Anglophones and Spanish speakers different things while dutifully inserting themselves in the middle as unreliable translators.
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