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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Boss Hugo

Poor Thuggo (I mean Hugo) Chavez got his wittle dictatorial feewings hurt by the big bad Pat Robertson. Awwww. Before you start feeling too sorry for the Caracas Criminal, let's just take a little look at the Mr. Chavez shall we?

Thuggo (I mean Hugo) wants to turn Venezuela into a Cuban style "workers paradise"; otherwise known as a brutal, personality-cult driven dictatorship. The "elections" that brought Thuggo (I mean Hugo) to power were about as legitimate as Evander Holyfield's last two children. Even though said elections were declared free and fair by, who else, the gullible Jimmy 'Dhimmi' Carter. At least I hope it was gullibility - otherwise the worst US President in history is an outright supporter of evil dictators.

He Is A Threat To Private Property, The Free Market & Capitalism

QUOTE: "I have said it already, I am convinced that the way to build a new and better world is not capitalism. Capitalism leads us straight to hell." -- Hugo Chavez

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to nationalize banks which resist controversial financial and legal reforms introduced last month. The president also threatened to imprison bankers who failed to observe the new legislation which requires banks to lend at least 15% of their loan portfolio to small farmers.

Other controversial reforms, include laws to redistribute "idle land" and increase state control over the oil industry, Venezuela's major source of revenue. (Source: BBC)

He Was Elected Under Less Than Fair Conditions

Venezuela, long one of Latin America's strongest democracies, is now under siege by its president, Hugo Chavez. Thanks to an ill-judged intervention by former President Jimmy Carter, Chavez narrowly survived a recall election and has now accelerated his subversion of Venezuela's democracy by a scummy deal with Fidel Castro. (Source: US News & World Report)

Alas, our own President Carter compromised the hopes of Venezuelans in the recall election by prematurely endorsing the vote that Chavez did not earn or deserve. Carter's people counted fewer than 1 percent of the polling stations, which, instead of
being selected at random, as originally anticipated, were selected by Venezuelan officials. Even then, only 76 of the previously agreed 192 ballot boxes were counted, with either opposition witnesses or international observers present at only 26 out of the 76 boxes reviewed. The Chavez-controlled National Electoral Council (CNE) forbade access to the tallying centers, not only to Carter's people but to the representatives of the opposition, and even to the two members of the CNE who opposed Chavez. Two professors from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued a report concluding that there was at least a 99 percent chance the election was a fraud. The audited sample (Carter's) was simply not a random sample, the professors concluded. Various independent exit polls showed that Chavez had lost the vote by 59 percent to 41 percent, instead of Chavez's contention that he had won by that margin. (Source: US News & World Report)

Jimmy Carter, in effect, provided a seal of approval for a left-wing demagogue intent on destroying democracy in Venezuela even as he seeks to extend his ideology to other parts of Latin America. (Source: US News & World Report)

He's Arming Venezuela To The Teeth And Will Use Violence To Stay In Power

QUOTE: "This revolution is peaceful, and I wish it to remain so, but it is not unarmed. We are soldiers, and we come armed just in case anyone makes an error of judgment," said Mr Chavez, who rose to fame in a botched coup in 1992. (Source: BBC)

The money generated from the $50-per-barrel cost also is being used to buy weapons such as 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles and 30 attack helicopters from the Russians. There also have been discussions about a possible $4 billion purchase of advanced MiG fighter jets. (Source: Fox News)

Violence has marked each step along Chavez's road to power. The former paratrooper first tried to seize control by a coup in 1992; he failed and instead spent two years in jail. He later tried democracy and was elected as an outsider by Venezuelans six years later.

Chavez's opponents admit he is popular, especially among the poor. But being popular, they say, does not give the president the right to do whatever he wants. The police, military and armed thugs have been tools used freely by Chavez to hang
on to power during a coup attempt and a national strike in 2002. (Source: Fox News)

Pictures showing violence against anti-Chavez protestors no longer are allowed to be shown on public or private Venezuelan television; the government claims it's protecting children from scenes of violence.

"Our own journalists don't know whether they can show whatever it is they are trying to cover," said Ana Christina Nunez, legal counsel for Globovision, the country's only 24-hour news channel.

But Chavez's program, "Hello, President," sometimes runs for six hours. (Source: Fox News)

He Is Blatantly Supporting And Working With Another Sworn Enemy Of The U.S.

Oil also is sold at cut-rate prices to Cuba, which in exchange supplies doctors, teachers and military advisors to Venezuela. Chavez opponents say Cuban leader Fidel Castro is his model. (Source: Fox News)

Cubans are already running the intelligence services and indoctrinating and training the military. They will effectively bypass what is left of Venezuela's judicial system when they exercise new powers to investigate, seize, detain, and interrogate Venezuelans and Cubans living in Venezuela, with the right to extradite them to Cuba and try them there. (Source: US News & World Report)

...[T]ens of thousands of young Venezuelans have been sent to Cuba for indoctrination. (Source: US News & World Report)

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was correct when she pointed out that Chavez is a danger not just to Venezuela but to much of Latin America. Very soon, we must translate those wise words into an effective policy. (Source: US News & World Report)

All of this and yet Cindy Sheehan is silent. Al Franken is silent. Janeane Garofalo is silent. Michael Moore (perhaps thankfully) is silent.

Its always amusing to watch the Liberalites defend murderous dictators because to do otherwise would make it look like they support the US government. And we can't have that can we. Not once do you hear Code Pink, or ANSWER criticize Cuba, Venezuela, Libya, North Korea, Iran or any other two-bit dictatorship. Why? Because their convoluted logic which starts with the premise that 'America = Bad' leads them straight into support for totalitarianism.


xanadian 8/24/2005 11:49:00 AM  

I agree, insomuch that Chavez gives me the jibblies. And perhaps the US should do something about it. But then you run into the issue where OTHER people (other countries, liberals, whatever) will say that we're just doing it for the oil.

An excuse, I say.

I suggest the US government collect intelligence on this guy and see what his REAL intentions are (in an official capacity). I mean, to you and I who read these neews articles, yes, the man is apparently a no-good-nik. But the assumption is all based off of press articles. An official stamp from government intelligence declaring the guy a hazard to democracy and stability would start a whole new ballgame. But then, what would be our next step?

Let's say we tried to invade Venezuela to get rid of yet another two-bit dictator. Sometimes, our attempts at this have met disaster (as in Cuba, for example; and many others would say--or like to say--Iraq). The biggest issues here are: (a) would the POPULACE of Venezuela be in favor of getting rid of Chavez and are just unable to do so on their own, (b) will we risk invasion just to have oil shoot up in price even more (considering how much we Americans are bitching about the price of gas), and (c) can we risk alienating other nations in what many would like to say is America's quest at imperialism?

This is why President Bush, Cabinet and other decision-makers are paid the big bucks, and I just sit here and fix computers. ;-)

Kevin 8/24/2005 12:49:00 PM  

I wish there were a simple answer to ridding the world of people like Chavez and Castro. Unfortunately the US is reaping what it sowed during 1960's, 70's and 80's in supporting two-bit dictators (like Sadaam and the Shah) because they were willing to side with us in the Cold War.

I think the best thing we can do at this point is to make the world aware of Chavez's dirty deeds and keep a consistent message of opposing totalitarianism EVERYWHERE, including Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states, Belarus, and the Central Asian republics. No more dealing with dictators and oligarchs, unless it's to negotiate their surrender of power.

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