Comrade Hugo Chavez has been sworn in for his third six-year term as "president" of Venezuela. The Fidel Castro wanna be has stated "Fatherland. Socialism or death...I swear it."
For those who still believe that Comrade Chavez is a pillar of democracy, think again. It was just a few days ago that Comrade Chavez announced plans to nationalize (that’s a PC term for confiscate) electrical and telecom sectors. He has also made it clear that other business sectors will be subject to confiscation as well.
Chavez, an admirer of Fidel Castro, has said he is crafting a new sort of "21st Century Socialism." Critics say it is starting to look like old-fashioned totalitarianism by a leader obsessed with power.
On Monday, Chavez pledged to nationalize "strategic" power and telecommunications companies and said that he will ask the National Assembly for special powers allowing him to enact a series of laws by decree. Among those moves, he said, "all of that which was privatized, let it be nationalized."
Yep, totalitarianism is on the rise in Venezuela, like it or not. If they give Chavez the power ihe is asking for, the ability to enact laws by decree, that will circumvent all checks and balances on his power, putting him solidly in a position to run Venezuela as Castro has run Cuba for nearly half a century. It's that bit about enacting laws by decree that gives me the willies. Reminds me of Germany in the 1930s and the rise to power of another totalitarian schmuck.
And some folks here in the U.S. call Comrade Chavez a great leader, and that Bush is the totalitarian. Must be the same ones who slept through their high school class on American Government.