Monday, June 04, 2007

El Dictador Pequeño

The last presidential elections in Venezuela might have been free and fair, but it's increasingly unlikely that its next one will be. President Hugo Chavez has apparently taken his victory as a mandate to impose an authoritarian socialism on his nation that looks frighteningly like the model created by his idol, Cuba's Fidel Castro.

After his reelection, he announced plans to merge his coalition of allied parties — effectively creating a one-party state — and to pursue a constitutional amendment ending presidential term limits, meaning he could run indefinitely.

If his drive to consolidate power over the media, the telecommunications industry and other sectors succeeds, by the time his term expires it may no longer be possible to hold a free election in Venezuela.

Chavez seems intent on destroying Venezuela's civil society. He already controls all three branches of government, with all 167 seats of Congress held by lawmakers allied to Chavez and with the Supreme Court stacked with loyalists.

Now Chavez is setting his sights on a critical barrier to totalitarianism: the independent media. A country without an independent media, judiciary or legislature is by nobody's definition a democracy.

Venezuela's people may just have succeeded in voting themselves out of power.

Last week, he shut down Radio Caracas Television (RCTV), an independent television station. The closing so far has provoked several days of street demonstrations. Dozens of protesters have been hauled off to jail.

Many of them have little enthusiasm for RCTV itself. But they feared that Chavez meant to close any and all of Venezuela's remaining independent media.

RCTV has been highly critical of his regime. His justification was a law passed in 2004 that allows for non-renewal of a broadcast license if its holder is guilty of such things as promoting disruption of public order or endangering national security. RCTV's crime, apparently, was to celebrate the botched coup attempt against Chavez in 2002.

Though RCTV is just one of many opposition media outlets, Chavez has sent a chilling message to the rest that he can shut them down at any time.

Already, he has revised Venezuela's criminal code to impose penalties of up to 40 months in prison for expressing "disrespect" for the President or the government.

Any criticism of Chavez or his henchmen can now be interpreted as disrupting public order, and Venezuela also has passed harsh libel laws aimed at curbing "disrespect" of government officials.

Venezuela--once a seemingly secure democracy--is reverting to one-man rule of the most corrupt and primitive Latin American type.

What are the dangers to the US?

Chavez has aligned Venezuela with Iran and China, aided the Marxist insurgents against neighboring Colombia's elected government and attempted to destabilize fledgling democracies in Central America.

Will Venezuela open itself as a haven for extremists and insurgents? Will Chavez, having consolidated his power at home, now seek to export his so-called revolution? More seriously--will other ambitious politicians be inspired by Chavez's example to try to undermine democracy elsewhere in Latin America?

The answer to that last question will depend on how rapidly Chavez leads Venezuela to economic ruin. If oil prices stay high--and if Chavez manages his affairs henceforward with the same shrewdness he has managed them till now--he may be able to do a very great deal of damage indeed.

73 Comments:

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

Isn't Jimmy Carter a big fan of Chavez?

isn't that in itself comedic??

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger Jungle Mom said...

Which is why we must boycott Citgo!

I am not sure I would label the last elections as free and fair. there were already lists out from the recall referendum and anyone on that list was fired, denied entrance into state schools, etc. The elections certainly are not Transparent. And there are already reprisals. (For instance, my 20 year old son is not given his Venezuelan passport.)

 
At 5:01 PM, Blogger Hugo Chavez said...

My brotha Jimmah certified my election. I love it when you send the stupid gringo's here to negotiate. All I have to say is that I promise to not cheat, and they take me at my word.

Actually, we put him to work building houses for the poor during the election. This made him feel very productive, and you know what? He builds a pretty good house. The man definitely has talent as a carpenter! But as a negotiator, I hope you send him back at some future time to convince me not to produce nuclear weapons. All I have to do is say, "I promise!" LOL!

Yeah, Jimmah is welcome to come here any time to certify my elections. And Jimmah, we won't tell anybody how you lust in places other than your heart...*wink- wink*

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger nanc said...

we do boycott citgo, jungle mom - my husband nearly turned into one the other day when i grabbed him and said, "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?" then reminded him of the oooooogo thang and he then thanked me for it.

most of the stations that end in the letters "co" are american owned - that's my cue.

it's time those people stormed the palace - he's way outnumbered - i wonder though if people are willing to die for their freedom or beliefs anymore. we've turned into a bunch of fatarse sissies - armchair politicians.

ooooogo - i wish jimmah and the lot of your supporters in the u.s. would move to venezuela!

 
At 7:04 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

hiyaz AC..is it a wonder that the Libs are all enamoured of these thugs who are leading their countries into death and destruction?

 
At 10:59 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

And the Empire's lapdogs continue to bark.

"Independent Media" = In love with everything Uncle Sam does -- torture gulags and concentration camps, offensive war, nuclear weapons to fully funding coups!

Hooray for Uncle Sam!

Bad Chavez. What right does the President have to return the airwaves to the people? Did Uncle Sam give him permission?

And what right do those 500,000 people have marching in support of the Bolivarian Revolution?

Uncle Sam should drop a Freedom Nuke on their head!

 
At 11:04 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Woman,

Judging by your lemming-like support for Uncle Sam and the HEAD COFFINS that came back from Iraq this month, you seem to be offering your own deep-throated support for death and destruction.

The people of Venezuela have been too forgiving of those who plot and scheme with Uncle Sam.

Then again, they've practially become a sideshow in Venezuela who exist due to Uncle Sam's welfare checks.

Sort of like Apartheid Israel.

 
At 4:14 AM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

Is Chavez's hero Josef Stalin?

 
At 5:35 AM, Blogger Obob said...

And we know the wonders Stalin did for the Soviet economy. And the famous video of the lemmings jumping off the cliff on Disney was a fraud. Much like communism.

 
At 5:55 AM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

What was all this CRAP PR nonsense that 7-11 released LAST YEAR that they no longer will hold the contract with CITGO - but yet today as I came into work, 7-11's are still sporting CITGO logos all over the damn place??

 
At 7:03 AM, Anonymous daniel said...

Sounds like JB is jealous of America.
Isn't it a shame to your Palestinian people that they can't even create their own state?
What gives?

Chavez and the like are cowards who fill their empty souls with power over their own people.
FTGF!

 
At 7:11 AM, Blogger nanc said...

brownie - i'z wantin' to help you man, but you went and closed your comments - what gives? you're falling apart. reach out - let someone help you.

 
At 7:20 AM, Blogger John Brown said...

Hey SHITPOSTER,

I don't know what you're talking about. Comments on Savage Justice are still quite open.

In fact, some of your fellow Klanwatchers have been holding down the fort there.

Nice to know you're a regular reader, though.

 
At 7:23 AM, Blogger John Brown said...

Sure thing, Daniel: jealous of Uncle Sam.

If only I could build an empire on slavery and ethnic cleansing, accumulate $40,000,0000,000 in debt, and send my most loyal followers to get slaughtered in Iraq.

What a dream.

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Hugo Chavez said...

I think that you slipped a comma along with a few gears there, brother brown.

And just for the record, my hero is Fidel Castro and my dream is that one day all Venezuelans will enjoy the same levels of peace and prosperity already achieved by the heroic Cuban people... where everyman can afford to own a classic automobile!

 
At 12:14 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Don't kid, SumateHugo!

We can tell from your own words that you want Uncle Sam to launch another coup in Venezuela.

That's why you advertise fake bloodshed, blaming it on Chavez, while you ignore Uncle Sam's Colombian WarOn Druggies running around the Bolivarian Republic cashing Uncle Sam's welfare checks and killing prosecutors like Danielo Anderson, right HypocriteHugo!

 
At 2:44 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Now Bolivia is running around cashing welfare checks from Venezuela.
Not exactly a step up.
Why aren't you indignant about Castro's all-white junta in a country 70% black?
Where is your outrage for the Taino-Arawak Indians of Cuba?

In Venezuela the Karina Indians have been declared extinct as a people and therefore not entitled to their land.

I'm not in any way justifying the treatment native Americans have received but your anger seems limited to only the excesses our government.

Shouldn't you be just as critical
of the treatment the indigenous people of Cuba, Venezuela and other countries you idolize have received at the hands of their governments?

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Hugo..I'm surprised Castro never purchased the original VW Beetle from Mexico. Mexico made the original Beetle until 2003.
Sad that Cuba's economy was weak even by Mexican standards.

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger Steve Harkonnen said...

I bet Hugo Chavez (NOT the poster here) is already on a hit list. I wouldn't be surprised to hear of his assassination before the end of this summer, and it'll probably be the CIA.

Chavez has too much power, and I bet this is a bothersome fact with the CIA, since they are part of OPEC and all.

 
At 6:00 PM, Blogger Hugo Chavez said...

I didn't Fake any bloodshed... I think it's pretty obvious that I don't need to FAKE anything, brown boy.

 
At 5:05 AM, Anonymous daniel said...

Typical response from someone who doesn't know what they are talking about.
Your illogical statements represent your true character.

Now, why don't you answer my question?

FTGF!

 
At 6:20 AM, Blogger nanc said...

ooooooogo - please stop trying to feed him facts! all that MUST have been staged.

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Brooke said...

LOL! Pesky little facts...

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

AC,

I focus on Uncle Sam because that's where my tax dollars go. Rather than focusing on the actions of other people's governments (all of which pale in comparison to Uncle Sam's revolting barabarity) or wasting so much verbiage on Knee-Bending religious hocus-pocus (Christianity is so peaceful historically, right?), why don't you do a little self-critique of Sam's savagery?

The fact that you stand the racism practiced under Castro in Cuba (or, even more comically of Chavez in Venezuela where the Indigenous people support him with near unanimity) alongside Uncle Sam's legacy of ethnic cleansing & genocide only reveals how little you appreciate the horror of Uncle Sam's sordid history.

However, you're right about Bolivia: as soon as an Indigenous man was elected as that country's President, Comrade Chavez began to help the nation extricate itself from Uncle Sam's war of debt-leverage imperialism.

But that alone should give you an idea about where Chavez stands in relation to the Indigenous of South America. Compare that to Uncle Sam, whose brutal hypocrisy and savagery towards the Indigenous stands alone.

Once you're able to do that - once you engage in a little honest self-reflection about the government you so unflinchingly support - you'll answer your own question.

 
At 2:07 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Daniel,

Your response shows quite a lot of insight and understanding of Uncle Sam's ghastly past.

Perhaps you should read up on this thing called slavery.

Start with the Constitution: most of the people who wrote it had them.

 
At 6:58 PM, Blogger Hugo Chavez said...

Speaking of ghastly pasts, just think what a sh*t-hole Africa is! Shaka Zulu the impaler! It's a good thing goobers never learned how to write. And what about those freaking indigenous South Americans like the Aztecs, Maya and Incas. Let's go play football with somebodies head!

Heck, by comparison, America's history is about as sordid as an ice cream social.

...but I disgress. It's time to go gas and beat some more demonstrators.

Raul, lend me your pistola! I need to clear a path through the crown for my Humvee.

Ta-Ta!

 
At 8:53 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Just stoppin in AC..Hope alls well!

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger nanc said...

just stoppin' by to play the slavery card...wait a minute - I'Z NEVER A SLAVE!

yeeeeeeeeeehaw - i get to pass go and collect what i earn!

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger Gayle said...

Hopefully, AC, there will be another revolution in Venezuela. The people need to take the murdering sob dictator out.

See... I'm still here. Just slowing down a bit. Keep up the good work!

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

Did everyone see Chavez' bud, Danny Glover stumping for Edwards yesterday?

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Mickey Blustein, JOOish Nazi said...

Right on, nanc!

What could be funnier than genocide?!

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Brown John said...

john browns trial and subsequent hanging?

 
At 5:37 PM, Blogger Mickey Blustein, JOOish Nazi said...

TaDow, Brownie!

Just die, Commieeeeee! To the ovens with you!

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger nanc said...

pissant.

 
At 10:55 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Ouch, ShitPoster.

How can I be expected to take such abuse from genociders like you and Blustein?

 
At 4:46 AM, Blogger Brown John said...

Bent over and up the *ss, like always?

 
At 7:32 AM, Blogger DHS Doyle said...

Mmmm......

John Brown taking it up the ass is a nice thought, but nowhere near as nice as the thoughts I used to have staring at kiddie porn all day for the Department of Homeland Security.

I sure am sorry that they fired my ass.

Mmmmm...... youngins!

 
At 6:07 PM, Blogger Warren said...

Tell us the bald faced lie about you paying taxes, Juan Mancha de Mierda.

Speak of your love for ingenious people, you lying inbred white trash.

Take your worthless lazy nonworking socialist buddies with you and get the hell out of my country!

 
At 6:12 PM, Blogger Farmer John said...

I second the motion.

 
At 9:25 PM, Blogger nanc said...

de plane is redeye, boss!

get out of dodge, brownie - you're outnumbered - zero to none.

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger Always On Watch Two said...

pissant

Good Southern expression and says it all.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

AC

John Brown

Has now violated your blog unprovoked and should be banned. There is no excuse for acusations of criminatility.

 
At 2:06 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Put a sock in it Blustein.

Go give an interview on your censored blog.

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Hey thats a radical poster JB!!!

I saw one of them at Walmart the other day right next to the Che flashlights.

Killer!!!!!!!!

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger Warren said...

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha



"Put a sock in it Blustein., whined John Brown. Pulling a finger out of his butt and sniffing it delicately, he said, "Go give an interview on your censored blog." With racking sobs and tears rolling down his red cheeks, he walked out the door.

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger Warren said...

When de revolution come, he gonna get you Freedomnow!!!

ROTFLMAO

 
At 6:45 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

SAMBO WARREN the INJUN KILLER,

While I realize that waxing eloquent about orafaces is what you do, perhaps you can depart from your favored topic to offer a disquistion on how it felt to send your grandma on a forced march into her grave?

Does genocidin' Cherokees make you a badass, SAMBO?

I realize you have a lot of pride in killin' all those Gooks for Uncle Sam, but I've got to know: does it feel any different to when your own grandparents are the Gooks?

 
At 4:46 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

AC

The time has now come to ban John Brown. He has violated the rules of your board. The attack was unprovoked and I was not even on the board at the time.

Freedom of speech does not include harassment and acusations of criminality.

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger John Brown said...

Can it, Blustein?

What percent of the day do you spend whining?

Perhaps this is why you can't find a job?

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

John Brown. Such a bore.

 
At 11:41 AM, Blogger Intrabreeding said...

Face reality, Crusader, comrade Hugo is going nowhere. He's the best thing that ever happened to Venezuela. Your Monroe Doctrine is dead. Everyone can see that China is the future.

 
At 12:49 PM, Blogger Mickey Blustein, JOOish Nazi said...

When I cried to Urban Infidel, ordering him to censor his blog, he did.

You should do the same, AC.

I can't believe John Brown now he wants Mumia to be President - to the ovens with him.

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

Brown

Lets see

You are banned at Mr Beamish, Longrange, AOW, Florian's, my site and likely this site. There are few sites that print your stuff.

At the rate you are going you may not even be welcome at Renegade Eye much longer. It seems that someone has let Ren know that he will be spammed if you do not behave. Ren was crying about it on my site the other day. I have no idea who you annoyed this time. However, it is also obvious that you have no regard for Ren.

If I were you I would be appologizing to Ren for the headaches you have allready caused him. Do note I am in no ways involved with this.

Even the far left Weazie called your blog "the stupidest thing he ever read".

You haven't done a thing to me. Florian banned you and so will AC.
Keep cutting your own throat and making additional enemies.

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger John Brown said...

Blustein,

You, MISS BEAMISH the BLOGLESS CENSORBOY, SAMBO WARREN the INJUN KILLER, AmeriKKKaner Pederast, and now Flo are all on the Klanwatch.

Censoring is what you do.

MUMIA in 2008!!

 
At 5:36 PM, Blogger Brown John said...

Can I be on your Klanwatch? I've never seen the Klan before. What's it like? Can I defend murderers and tyrants like you do?

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger nanc said...

a.c. - please check your e-mail - let us know how you're doing.

 
At 5:42 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

Brown

As a Communist dolt you do not have a clue about ownership. I create my blog and it exists for the entertainment of my friends and to irritate pissants like yourself.

For the most part I post every thing. The Duck has never had a comment censored. Weazie has had 90% of his comments posted.

However, you have no right to post anywhere. This is an honor predicated upon good behavior. As you have violated the rules you were banned. You will never post a single word on my site.

Most people get over it. Your antic subsequent to the ban have ensured that you will never post on my site again. I made one mistake in that when you started the Klanwatch crap I wanted to ban you at once. Longrange talked me out of this.

I stand by my friends and so will AC.

 
At 8:40 AM, Blogger John Brown said...

Still crying, eh Blustein.

 
At 8:41 AM, Blogger John Brown said...

Still crying, eh Blustein.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Urban Infidel said...

No one 'ordered' me to do anything.

I don't want your shitty comments on my site. Get it?

And I'm not a 'he', you dolt.

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger Warren said...

I don't think "Shit Stain" has enough brain cells to be a dolt!

TAKE IT BACK!

He's not a dolt, he's a smooth brained idiot.

LOL

Juan, you have the reading comprehension skills of a slug, (not to denigrate slugs)

Juan sobbed uncontrollably:

"While I realize that waxing eloquent about orafaces is what you do,"

OMG! It actually used a coma!

Juan, being the most anal retentive psychotic that I've ever met, I have to do that to distract you and get your attention off your obsession with that racist extraordinaire, Karl Marx, who extold the practice of black slavery.

"perhaps you can depart from your favored topic"

Do you mean what an asswipe you are?

"to offer a disquisition [sic] on how it felt to send your grandma on a forced march into her grave?"

What the hell is a, "disquisition", some kind of new Commie way to commit mass murder in the name of "Liberation"

My Grandma live to be 103 and one night she went to sleep and just didn't wake up. You would have liked her, Shit Stain, she would have gutted your worthless, white trash, inbred ass in half a minute!

"Does genocidin' Cherokees make you a badass, SAMBO?"

I don't quite know how to explain this to you, and everyone gets a chuckle when you start raving and foaming at the mouth. There are more Cherokee today than there have ever been. I'm a Cherokee. I don't claim to be a bad ass, I don't have to. If you weren't a typical Marxist chickenshit that makes sure that someone else does all of you fighting and dieing for your piece of shit "revolution", you would meet up with this old man and he would eat your beating heart!

"I realize you have a lot of pride in killin' all those Gooks for Uncle Sam, but I've got to know: does it feel any different to when your own grandparents are the Gooks?"

I don't know, Shit Stain, how does it feel to know your family tree doesn't have any limbs?

Is it true that if your grandparents divorced they would have still been father and daughter?

I mean, I'm really curious, how does it feel to have a tenny tiny dick, dick?


BWA ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger johnny brown eye said...

john brown....what's revolting is the time you had with my sow

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger johnny brown eye said...

pig boy

 
At 4:11 AM, Blogger Ima Kurius said...

John Brown,
Looks to me that Warren has told you off.

Order your own HEAD COFFIN! You'll need a small size because your brain is so small. Just like your pecker.

You are a disgrace to the lions of jihad.

 
At 5:17 AM, Blogger Hugo Chavez said...

john brown still has a dick?

I though he had the operation...complete w/implants.

 
At 5:21 AM, Blogger Warren said...

john brown eye,
just keep an eye on the sow. You will need to send her to the slaughter house if she's pregnant. We don't need any more mentally deranged commies.

Sorry for being redundant.

 
At 5:26 AM, Blogger nanc said...

i hear napoleon's is in a pickle jar somewhere - perhaps brownie could have that one attached? of course, it won't up his brain matter, but he'll be less cranky.

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Freedomnow said...

Brownie complains about Beak "censoring" his own personal blog, but defends Chavez shutting down a whole news network to censor their criticism.

How ironic...

 
At 10:52 AM, Blogger beakerkin said...

Freedomnow

That is very ironic. However, a TV station owned by someone else is a different matter than a private blog.

He has his own blog that nobody reads. More to the point he was banned for his behavior. His behavior subsequent to the ban has ensured he will never be permited to return.

The original mistake was when he started the Klan Watch libel I wanted to institue a general ban.
The problem was MZ in particular did not stand by his friends.

However, Brown has carried these antics to neutral blogs like this.
There is zero excuse for this behavior and when AC return he will do the right thing.

If anything Brown has abused AC benign nature and genuine friendship.

 
At 3:44 PM, Blogger john clown said...

Woo Woo!

If that imposer, john brown, has a dick; make him spit it out! (its mine)

honk honk honk

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger Brown John said...

I don't spit. Unlike CHOCOLATE SAM, I swallow...

 
At 5:01 PM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Wow..it got a little heated in here...

EVERYONE including John Brown has been invited to leave comments.

We can disagree vehemently but we should try to respect each other.
Well...except Democrats, liberals and Danny Glover.
I would appreciate if we would end comments on this post.
I rarely get the last word.
PEACE!

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger nanc said...

ratz!

a.c. - you can go into your settings and end comments on one post any time:

go to edit posts

go to post options at bottom left

open it and hit the "don't allow" comment button.

my fern taught me that.

 

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