The wives of Juan Peron and the destruction of Argentina

In the previous post I laid out the evidence that Dr. Jill is the de facto leader of America now.

As it turns out, it’s not that unusual in the annals of history. There are quite a few examples of the wives of political leaders being the real power, while the husband retains the trappings of the office.

Unfortunately many of these situations have ended disastrously. These worst case scenarios seem to feature a similar outline: a younger, attractive, second or third wife, with no political background of her own becomes enamored with the power of the supreme leader’s office and uses her husband’s position to attempt to reorder society. Frequently these woman are fixated on social justice issues, feminism, radical redistributionism and the other far left causes.

Eva Peron is a classic example from our hemisphere. Born in poverty in a village in rural Argentina she moved to the capitol to seek a career as an actress. In 1944, at age 25, she met Colonel Juan Peron at a charity event. They were married a year later. Juan Peron was age 50 at the time. A year after the wedding, in 1946, he was elected to the first of three terms as President of Argentina. The opposing party was the far-left Radical Civic Union, a self-avowed Socialist party. To his right was the National Autonomous Party, a right wing party which had ruled from 1874 to 1916.

Eva Peron, as the lovely young wife of President Juan Peron was influential in his disastrous reign which led to 40 years of coups and war.

Eva was not content to be a decorative accessory on the arm of her distinguished husband, and quickly took over as head of the Ministries of Labor and Health while championing women’s rights, and founding a woman’s political party. She was a strong labor unionist, as well. She was credited with pushing her husband’s administration much further left, which seemed to accelerate after her untimely death from cancer in 1952.

Juan Peron led the amendment of the Constitution to give himself a second term, which he used to persecute dissidents, attack the Catholic Church, and harass opponents from both sides of the political spectrum, principally by eliminating their access to media. In this period, following Eva’s death, he took a teenaged mistress as his companion, consummating their relationship when she was only 14 years old. (An act that eventually led to an attempted prosecution for statutory rape.) Naturally he sought to legalize prostitution in his second term.

Juan Peron. Three term President of Argentina. Both of his turns in office featured powerful wives. Both ended in disaster.

Finally in 1955 a group of generals and admirals staged a coup and overthrew the regime, an act which they named the ‘Liberating Revolution’. It’s not over-stating it to say that without Eva Peron it’s likely Argentina would have continued to enjoy democratic government. Juan Peron fled into exile in Spain, only to return in 1973.

Isabel Martínez de Perón, Third wife of Juan, and President of Argentina from 1974-1976. Her short reign ushered in the vicious Dirty War.

The second round of Peron’s rule included an arguably even more destructive wife. Juan liked women with political ambition: his third wife, Isabel Martínez de Perón was the Vice President during his final term as President after his return from exile in 1973. Unlike Evita she eventually grabbed the brass ring for herself. Upon his death in 1974 she succeeded him has President. She managed to hold on for two years before the military, once again, stepped in to end the chaos. By then over 1300 people had died in political violence between far-left and far-right parties, Argentina was suffering under massive inflation and a collapsing economy. She was arrested, exiled to Spain, and arrested there in 2007 on an international warrant for her actions while President. Spain demurred, and refused to extradite her to Argentina.

Argentina’s fate after the destructive Peronist regimes, with the pretty ladies running things, included 30 years of coups, military dictatorships, the ‘dirty war’ of political assassination, and 30,000 ‘Desaparecidos‘ (the disappeared), many passengers on the infamous one-way helicopter flights over the Atlantic.

As America transforms into a Latin nation, it behooves us to study the history of our southern neighbors more carefully. ‘Dr. Jill’ Biden appears very much to be in the mold of Eva and Isabel Peron. The younger, assertive, leftist trophy wife who asserts her own power and pushes social policy from her position as first-lady. In Juan Peron’s case this appears to be a strange personality quirk, at least in his first two terms, he was neither elderly nor medically impaired.

Still it’s clear that his attractive younger wives had undo influence on him, and through him on the political destiny of Argentina. The Republic of Argentina was declared in 1861 and managed 70 years of fairly orderly transitions of power via the indirect elections of President. The system began to become destabilized with the election law reforms of 1912 which established universal, secret, and compulsory male suffrage. Coups followed in 1930, 1943, and 1944. Peron, elected in the free election of 1946 was supposed to be the new beginning. Voters had chosen the moderate centrist, but instead they got a descent into something quite horrible.

Today many Americans are hoping to avert a future filled with political violence, fraudulent elections, and military coup d’etats that we see looming in our future. Will we, like the Argentinians of the last century, be brought low by the machinations and scheming of power-mad women, ruling without legitimacy?

Is ‘Dr. Jill’ America’s Eva Peron, or is she something worse?

Eva Peron, ‘Dr. Jill’ Biden, Isabel Peron – three ladies who achieved political power through marriage to a powerful man.

(We will explore this question as well as the fate of America under Jill Biden in our next article.)

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