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Friday, August 17, 2007

Hugo Chavez poised to set himself up as "President for Life"!

Here we go! Looks like Chavezito, as anticipated, is already treading down the same path as Fidel Castro, Mugabe, Jean-Claude Duvalier (Haiti's Baby Doc) and other past and present dictators of the world; poised and ready to join the small, but elite, President a Vie Club!

On Wednesday, Chavez set forth his proposal

for sweeping constitutional changes expected to allow him to be re-elected indefinitely. Chavez, who is seeking to transform Venezuelan society along socialist lines, announced late Tuesday that he would unveil his project before crowds of supporters at the National Assembly.

He predicted it would bring renewed political upheaval to Venezuela. Chavez has revealed few details of his proposal, but has stressed the need to do away with presidential term limits that currently prevent him from seeking re-election in 2012.

Venezuela's Roman Catholic Bishops' Conference has complained that Chavez's reform proposals were drafted without public involvement.


I've been to Cuba and traveled to Haiti (when Baby Doc was still in power) and frankly, though the political systems were different, they were very similar, in as much as both countries were ruled by despots, and had (and still have) insurmountable problems with poverty: for everyone but the ruling class, that is.

At least the Haitians had/have the freedom to come and go as they please, as opposed to the Cubanos who have no choice in the matter. But it just proves that any kind of dictatorship whether Communist or other, is not a good thing. Venezuela is headed for the same fate as all countries that have been or are currently ruled by dictators. History has shown us the results.
And they're not pretty!

9 comments:

Blazing Cat Fur said...

The unfortunate thing is that Chavez has Oil- this will allow him to keep on trucking for some time.

Karen said...

Elections? They don't need no stinkin' elections! Cat is right, the oil is the stumbling block. Until the Congress gets off its high horse and allows us to drill for our own oil as needs increase, we are still way too dependent on foreign sources. And, none of them are good.

Frasypoo said...

Doom and gloom....poor venezualans.Wont they protest ?I guess it wont take much to subdue them
I love the cartoon.

Pat Jenkins said...

AMEN!!!!!!

Panhandle Poet said...

I'll bet he's buddies with Hillary!

Renegade Eye said...

Term limits are reactionary, a refuge for losers.

Frasypoo said...

Hi Incog
I saw a newspaper today with people protesting and a picture of Hugo Chavez below it.It was in a language I did not recognise but I would love to know what they were saying.Hopefully it was"Over throw the idiot"

Righty64 said...

Well, there is anger in the streets of Venezuela and the United States seems content to let events play themselves out, which is very, very wrong. Oh, I also saw that great political theorist, Sean Penn with Hugo Chavez heaping praise on him like I clean my dog's poop! Hugo Chavez is scary because he has people like Mr. Penn believing in him and his policies. Oh, BTW, what does Mr.Penn do for a living again? (No offense, Incog!)

Incognito said...

Problem is the libs here won't allow us to drill for oil...

Ren. Not sure what you mean by that.