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!