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Portrait of a Dictator (UPDATED)
Posted by: McQ on Friday, January 19, 2007

Well, he's very close to "legally" having himself declared dictator:
Venezuela's National Assembly has given initial approval to a bill granting the president the power to bypass congress and rule by decree for 18 months.

President Hugo Chavez says he wants "revolutionary laws" to enact sweeping political, economic and social changes.

He has said he wants to nationalise key sectors of the economy and scrap limits on the terms a president can serve.
Now anyone believing the 18 month sunset provision will actually be obeyed, please line up on the left over there for some great land deals west of California. My guess is a convenient emergency will find away to emerge at just the perfect time.

This is the guy Jimmy Carter certified as having won his election fair and square. Of course we know better now.

And, of course, over the years he's really made it impossible for himself to lose an election, not get any law he wants passed by the legislature or supported by the courts. That's because they all belong to him now.

If you're still unclear as to how that has happened, may I refer you to this.

In the meantime, I truly feel sorry for the people of Venezuela. They're being led by a fool who will only ensure their eventual destruction if they don't figure it out quickly and, hopefully, replace him with all due speed.

Of course there are those who simply cannot fathom what is going on. Feast your eyes and pay special attention to the last entry at the link below. To quote the author of the post, "liberal, natch". Oh, and prepare for a mega dose of good old liberal moral equivalence ... "natch."

UPDATE: More silliness here.
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In the meantime, I truly feel sorry for the people of Venezuela. They’re being led by a fool who will only ensure their eventual destruction if they don’t figure it out quickly and, hopefully, replace him with all due speed.
I don’t feel sorry for them a single bit. It’s not like they haven’t had examples close by and historically to look to.

Written By: shark
URL: http://
Wait, that last link, I don’t get, maybe its the few beers I’ve had, but she quotes 3 "conservative" blogs as being unbeleivable but then quotes a "liberal natch" blog saying the same thing? Where’s the distinction the old lady is making?
Written By: ChrisB
URL: http://
Where’s the distinction the old lady is making?
The distinction is that the liberal blog she approves of draws parallels between Bush and Chavez. You gotta read between the lines, ChrisB, they’re so nuanced and all.
Written By: Steverino
Notice the quote from Aristotle she uses at the head of her blog. Never mind the fact that Aristotle was the personal teacher to one of the greatest autocrats in human history (no, not Bu$hitler). But never mind that; I have a feeling that Aristotle would be a slightly different kind of liberal than this "dreamer" claims to be.

As for the news about Chavez, to quote the woman above, you just can’t make this stuff up.
Written By: cjd
URL: http://
Chavez is not a dictator he’s a champion of the poor. He needs temporary dictatorial powers to increase the freedom of the people of Venezulela from evil corporations who want to give them jobs and sell them stuff (i.e., exploit them), and protect them from Chimpy McHaliburtonBusHilter. As soon as the poor are empowered and the evil capitalists are put in their place, Chavez will willingly give up power so the poor can live in freedom where all of their needs are taken care of. Read your history, this is how it always happens.

(Sarcasm implied and intended)

It is getting harder and harder for the leftists in America to justify this guy’s actions, but that doesn’t mean they won’t keep trying. Actually it should be fun watching them try and contort themselves into all kinds of crazy rhetorical shapes in order to do so. Kind of like implying that this is no different than Bush’s "dictatorship", one which was thankfully ended with a "free election" (unlike the ones that elected Bush). The fact that the American people decided of their own free will not to re-elect the Republicans to COngress and the Senate is PROOF that Bush was a dictator.

I’m trying on purpose to sound silly and nonsensical, but you will see these arguments again.
Written By: DS
URL: http://
Venezuela is STILL a democracy, or can be. What the US needs to do is NOT intervene, as whilst Chavez may have opposition the US and its intervention would only solidify Chavez’s support. Our actions need to be cautious, otherwise we will spark a backlash that will be inimical to the US interests. I think one thing we could do is utilize Jimmy Carter as an Envoy-Plenipotentiary to help settle our differences. Considering our misteps in Latin America and this current Administration’s maladroitness we really can’t axpect a whole lot of good unless we are willing to concede a LOT to the Venezuelans.

Contributing for Dr. Erb, so he doesn’t have to.
Written By: Joe
URL: http://
Dr. Erb only comments on Hug-oh Chavez if Jimmy Carter is mentioned.
What Hug-oh is doing is all very democratic (I’m sure, snark snark) and follows along with ancient Greek government practices, I think the term they used was ’tyrannos’.

and eh’ voila! at the risk of using Wikipedia - here’s an apt quote on Hugo’s behavior.
In ancient Greece, tyrants were generally aristocrats who had gained power over the others by getting the support of the poor people by giving them land, freeing them from servitude or slavery. The word "tyrant" carried no ethical censure; it simply referred to anyone who overturned the established government of a city-state (usually through the use of popular support) to establish himself as dictator, or to the heir of such a person. Support for the tyrants came from the growing class of business people and from the peasants who had no land or were in debt to the wealthy land owners.
Thank you Hugo, thank you Jimmy (not that it would have had much effect if America’s most useful Idiot had actually said Hugo was a cheat).

Written By: looker
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I think one thing we could do is utilize Jimmy Carter as an Envoy-Plenipotentiary to help settle our differences.
Jimmy Carter would be most useful if he went to Venezuela as an immigrant.
Written By: DS
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