Saturday, November 10, 2007

Chavez decries oligarchy while turning Venezuela into one

Hugo Chavez disgusts me. I hate that fat Commie faggot more than any other tin-Hitler world leader, and that's really saying something given my considerable rage at Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro, the House of Saud, Robert Mugabe and the Burmese junta. Oh yeah, and Ken Livingstone, who really is a third-world leader. He's the mayor of London. 'Nuff said.
But, as for Chavez, well, I've got to hand it to him. Who else would deal with a challenge to his authority by committing a Kent State-style counterpunch? Not even Ahmadinejad sent in his shock troopers when Iranian students were chanting "Death to the president!" (they didn't mean Bush) at Tehran University during a recent protest in the Islamic Republic.
No-one was killed in during the mêlée, which occurred after 80,000 Venezuelans protested against their president, but it demonstrates how committed Chavez' "21st century socialism" is to democracy. Not.
Chavez responded to the fracas by saying that "rich kids" were responsible for the on-campus violence and that, if he—El Gordo Fago—and his supporters responded in kind, "there wouldn't be a building standing belonging to this unpatriotic oligarchy." Imagine Chavez having the cojones—the sheer temerity—to talk of an oligarchy?
Even Chavez' supporters might tire of his anti-U.S. rhetoric. A recent Financial Times article states: "Venezuelans are accustomed to, and vigorously defend, the typical freedoms of a representative democracy. Venezuela is arguably one of the most pro-US cultures in Latin America, and even poorer Venezuelans dream of visiting Disney World for their holidays. Many Venezuelans are more obsessed by baseball than Bolivarianism." And an article for the New American Media website states that: "[A]nalysts here (Venezuela) are questioning how much further President Chavez can take his anti-yanqui rhetoric. Any rupture in commercial relations with the United States would directly impact Chavez's supporters. Plus, Venezuelans are increasingly fed up with confrontational politics, having endured them for more than seven years from both Chavez and opposition leaders."
How free can Venezuelans consider themselves when they have a leader who wants to significantly expand his powers by abolishing presidential term limits, give himself total control over the Central Bank and create new provinces governed by handpicked officials?
Also, let's not forget that Venezuelan law bars state security forces from entering the campus unless university authorities request it. Chavez officially declared that null and void.
Patricia Andrade, who heads the Venezuelan Awareness Foundation said, "'The government is creating chaos in the universities so that they will have an excuse to invade them. Wars are begun by the ones with the weapons, and the students don't have weapons—all they have is book bags.''
Andrade is right. Venezuela is in for a rough ride. A bit ironic that a democratically elected president should warp his country's constitution so much that Venezuelans will suddenly find themselves in the grip of a fascist... what's Chavez' favourite word? Oh yes, oligarchy.

1 comment:

kristen said...

Chavez is a democratically elected official in a dictator's clothing. What gets me is the Hollywood idiots and govt workers who fraternize with this socialist pig.

One would never know that Venezuelans actually like the U.S.; the media plays off any and all anti-American sentiment anywhere.