by Lakrosse, Sun Feb 15, 2009 at 05:44:59 AM EST
Venezuelan President and Dictator Hugo Chavez is seeking another term, and referendum to strip term limits from the Presidency, so he can continue his "socialist revolution" of poverty, foreign hatred, and anti-Semitism, which includes statements like
El mundo tiene para todos, pues, pero resulta que unas minorías, los descendientes de los mismos que crucificaron a
Cristo, los descendientes de los mismos que echaron a Bolívar de aquí y también lo crucificaron a su manera en Santa Marta, allá en Colombia. Una minoría se adueñó de las riquezas del mundo, una minoría se adueñó del oro del planeta, de la plata, de los minerales, de las aguas, de las tierras buenas, del petróleo, de las riquezas, pues, y han concentrado las riquezas en pocas manos: menos del diez por ciento de la población del mundo es dueña de más de la mitad de la riqueza de todo el mundo y a la... más de la mitad de los pobladores del planeta son pobres y cada día hay más pobres en el mundo entero
however, not everyone is so enthusiastic:
Spearheaded by a student movement, the fragmented opposition's campaign slogan is "No is No," referring to the failed 2007 bid to extend the rule of a man they say wants to forge a communist dictatorship centered on his personal rule.
"People want peace, they don't want any more confrontation," Caracas mayor and opposition leader, Antonio Ledezma, said after casting his ballot in the capital.
Confident of victory this time, Chavez, 54, says a win would reinforce his mandate to forge a socialist state and challenge Washington in Latin America. After his last ballot box win in 2006 he sped up aggressive nationalizations.
But with oil prices more than $100 a barrel lower than their peak seven months ago, Chavez has far less income to spend on his programs of clinics, schools and food hand-outs for the poor Venezuelans who have consistently backed him.
Venezuela's currency and sovereign debt have lost value in recent months as investors worry his Cuban-inspired socialist revolution will burn through international reserves.
The Venezuelan leader, who calls former Cuban leader Fidel Castro his mentor, has carved out a place for himself as the standard bearer for anti-U.S. sentiment in the region, wielding his nation's oil to counter U.S. free-market proposals.
Leftist allies in Ecuador and Bolivia have joined Chavez in rewriting constitutions to extend their own rule and increase state control over economies in the name of bringing wealth to the neglected poor majority.
Poverty has gotten worse under Chavez, who simply makes people think things are better through high oil prices, and giving Venezuela some kind of international presence by hating America and most of Western Civilization. I agreed with him about Bush, but not about our great country, the greatest best which God ever gave man on the face of the Earth. This guy is not good for the world economy, as he tries to keep oil artificially high, not good for human rights, as he inspires hate and imposes his will on his people including the banning of opposition, expulsion of the Israeli ambassador, and the general destabilization of politics in a region of importance to the rest of the world. Life-long dictatorship for Venezuela cannot be allowed, and we can only hope not only does he lose the referendum, but the next election if he gets to it. He sympathizes with HAMAS, Castro, cocaine grower and Bolivian President Evo Morales, and Ahmadinejad. I really hope President Obama stands up for what is right, which he will, and condemn Chavez's fascist socialism.