A follow-up to his article yesterday on this subject.
About the people. The people would give him absolute powers over the nation. The poor are the majority and have a very poor memory. He had to inject in them a sense of hopelessness, accuse the past and democracy of evildoing. He would have to maintain a permanent demagogic discourse with the people, and speak to them in simple language. This is very effective with the poor since this is what they have been missing; they needed to be excited and be taken into consideration. The key was to maintain their support while remaining IGNORANT. The speech would have to be passionate, full of authority and power.
About the rich and the church. On one hand, he would not have to worry about the rich or the middle class. They were not part of the 80% of the poor, whom he needed. The rich would only run away afraid at his threats. On the other hand, Catholics enjoy hearing biblical phrases or allusions to Christ. They cannot accomplish much with empty prayers; their lack of action would lead them nowhere. While the church was asleep and not doing anything, he would have to take advantage of time to establish himself as president, while transition would catch them by surprise, before they could even move. The church had to be continually accused of being demanding. Catholic leaders without authority cannot react against his message. There may have been two or three that would choose to speak, but their superiors and the news would have not allowed them to do so by means of intimidation.
If he did find such a priest, he would have to bribe him, call him and gain his trust in whatever way possible. If the Christian population were to bring his actions to light, then this would be his last day as president, but it would be nearly impossible for this to happen. The Palestinians (they are called Turks) in Honduras do not have a say, the evangelicals are too weak to meddle in politics, and the other religions can’t even be named or recognized.
He had to always mention the name of Christ, speak in his name, remembering that Fidel and Chavez had both used this tactic with good results. He had to invoke not only patriotic symbols but also national heroes. For examples, Chavez used Bolivar’s name, generating a new profound nationalism, awakening hatred, and dividing the Venezuelan people. This stage for Zelaya would have proven to achieve good political dividends. Hondurans would eliminate one another; the violence would help install himself later, by force, while speaking about democracy and the constitution with demagogic speeches.
Zelaya would have to use money to buy the faithfulness of key people, while completing the objectives in his agenda. Once completed, whoever would oppose him would have to be disposed of, sent to seek refuge in embassies, bribed to keep silent, or driven from the country so that they could not be interviewed by the press.
Those who would oppose him he would have to accuse them thus disqualifying them forever. Through all means necessary he would maintain the majority of congress, the public ministerial offices, and the courts system. Unfortunately for him, Zelaya is neither an intelligent man, nor a statesman. The later he could not accomplish because he did not have the ability. These political powers are the ones who have opposed his plan, strongly.
About the United States. Zelaya would have to accuse the United States of imperialism, interference and of intent of assassination through the CIA. His project needed an external enemy and that role easily falls into the United States and its system of free enterprise and personal freedom. In his agenda, he would have blamed the United States of interference, meddling, and lack of information. This strategy had to be revised because of Barack Obama’s election and the special interest that he has manifested towards the countries members of ALBA. His tactics toward managing the political exterior of the United States was an issue and still in the process of being adapted.
About the military. Zelaya would have to bribe the military leaders with their entire branches. All army commanders would have been placed in a position of influence and with large flow of money. He would have to CORRUPT them in order to gain their loyalty. Some were to be in charge of agencies of great influence in the country, mostly economic and social importance. Among the chief officers he would have to make sure he appointed colonels that were loyal to him; this would offer major opportunities to change the minds of the undecided members of the military, and who were still in key positions. If he would achieve his goal of controlling the armed forces and the chiefs of command, then he would be indestructible. If he had any doubts about any of them, then he would put them to the test; for example, he would simulate a coup like the one that Chavez simulated in Venezuela. There, he would sift the traitors from the loyalists. Unfortunately, Zelaya did not reach this objective. At the end, the army was unwilling to cooperate with him, thus causing his downfall.
For his political project, it would have been necessary to control the means of production in the country; for instance gaining the support of the businessmen who possess large quantities of money. He would have to bribe the bankers and the big businesses; he would have to give larger contracts to construction companies and give them projects and facilities during this first stage of government. Zelaya was not able to accomplish the latter, in part, because his project started too late and because of the professionalism and loyalty of the Armed Forces of Honduras to the constitution. After many years of dictatorships Honduras have been trained to be faithful and loyal to their constitution. Zelaya was not able to break this discipline of the Honduran society.
The last step would have been to uphold a referendum, controlled by the executive. He would have to cancel the actual armed forces command, disband the congress, and create a Constituent Assembly. This would create a new constitution, electing him as president, indefinitely.
Having consolidated power, the second stage would serve to create defence committees of the revolution. He would have to promote community work so that the people would be thankful, pay them well so that they would continue his guidelines, orders, and work, as ordered by the presidential palace. For the completion of these committees, he would have chosen the most aggressive leaders, so he would have counted on their strength in the case they would be needed to counter attack the opposition.
About politics. He would have to control politicians, destroy them, or distort their prestige. The second stage would have to deepen the appeal to revolution; he would use this word continually in his speeches, in order to excite the poor.
Next, he would have to disassemble labour unions and business people that helped him succeed in the process. The workers would have to join a central union, with much funds would this be accomplished, in addition to establishing one central business owners union. He should attack businesses, accuse them of exploitation, call them fascists and accuse them of rebellion and coup attempts.
He would call himself the weaker that had been victimized. Naturally, people sympathize with the weakest. He would appeal to justice, he would bribe—corrupt—the judges. As far as the media, if he could not bribe them, he would close radio stations, printing presses, and television stations. His main supporter would be Hugo Chavez; this would alleviate the pressure of costs on oil and energy. He would create a revolutionary board of comrades; fire all the technicians and those who deserve recognition for supporting his cause. If he would accomplish this, then he would continue to the third stage.
The Third Stage
In the third stage he would breach the constitution. No one would prevent him from doing so, he would order search warrants, allow arms and drug trafficking, make accusations against his adversaries. He would remove journalists, businessmen, and leaders while others would rather escape from the nation or be punished.
Zelaya would restructure his cabinet. He could get rid of some of his supporters or reward some, since there would be no more opposition. He would work with his comrades, establish the state of exception, and suspend guarantees. He would close all the communication media, ridicule and replace mayors and governors in the opposition. He would announce the need to re-structure all of governmental agencies to justify the creation of a new constitution. He will have a Council of 500 members; one of those members would have been Hugo Chavez.
Finally he would execute the opposition. This final element silences the opposition and it is more economic, so they will never be allowed to get organized. This is the way to recover the respect of Marxism-Leninism in the World. With the support of Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba his government would have been indestructible. Such was the great project of Mel Zelaya, and Hugo Chavez is still determined to support it even to the last consequences to fulfill the dream. The take over the power is the most important thing and this time they would taken it by force if necessary. At the end Honduras would have had a government selected by one popular party.
This is, IMHO, a Hispanic version of Animal Farm.