"What revolution are you looking for?" - the Venezuelan said to the AmericanSubmitted by Ulfilas on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:38
I have a 'rEVOLution' magnet on my truck.
I work at a fairly large E&P company in Houston.
Many vehicles in our garage are blank aside from a few browning, romney, obama etc stickers.
A month or so ago, SOS Venezuela has appeared on the backs of some of the Latin American employee's cars.
No one has ever asked or commented about my stickers except the 1 other Ron Paul guy in the building. But this morning, a female co-worker of mine, from Venezuela, pinged me and asked,
"What revolution are you looking for?"
I realized she meant my ron paul magnet.
I told her it was a 'peaceful political revolution'.
She became upset and began to explain that Revolution has a very negative connotation in Latin America. This friend of mine has been in the states for about 5 years or so, speaks decent english but always asks about lesser known idioms and dialects.
She explained that the Chavez government was very corrupt. Though that regime talked about the wealthy being evil, the people at the top would confiscate all of that wealth and give to their cronies. And it was a 'revolution' that brought Chavez in power, a revolution of poor against rich. But many people died, and envy was the driving factor and ultimately nothing changed. As many of you know Venezuela has a lot of natural resources that would otherwise make a country prosperous if used correctly. But she says her family back home are in extreme poverty. She says if a Revolution ever came to the USA, she would leave and doesn't want to be a part of it again. It reinforced the cultural perspective and history between Mexico/South America and USA and Canada to me and how we view Revolution.
She asked why we don't like our current standards, but to her, maybe our current state is much better than in Venezuela. I explained the lobbyist and politician revolving door the best I could. She had a lot of questions and apparently didn't have a direct translation of lobbyist. I gave her the model of CEO -> Politician -> CEO/Lobbyist which pretty much sums up our predicament. She responded that they have a saying of "He he writes the laws, cheats them" and I told her that that was a fairly accurate analogy.
I had to end our conversation to leave for a meeting but she said she will ask more questions later.