Dec 02 2007

WorldView: Venezuela, a case study in a democracy’s suicide?

Published by at 8:57 pm under Current Events,politics

Will an entire nation voluntarily hand over the reigns of their country to a demagogic ex-military thug today?

Presuming that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez doesn’t just rig today’s referendum on abolishing term limits and rewriting the constitution, the result is still up in the air.

Acclaimed BC author and journalist Terry Glavin has already blogged extensively about Chavez’ oil-fuelled jackboot craziness and conspiracy-mongering. Most people probably share Glavin’s sentiments. Sad to see there are actually Canadians right here on the west coast who have bought into Chavez’ cheap propaganda.

Giving Chavez the finger does not put one into the camp of George Bush Jr. As our own sitting Prime Minister recently put it, “Too often some in the hemisphere are led to believe that their only choices … are to return to the syndrome of economic nationalism, political authoritarianism and class warfare, or to become ‘just like the United States. This is, of course, utter nonsense. Canada’s very existence demonstrates that the choice is a false one.

Quite right.

UPDATE: The Chavistas took one on the chin tonight. The Mucho Macho Thug-In-Chief lost by 2 per cent (51/49). Presumably he can still try to implement 21st century socialism in his remaining mandate. Hopefully, enough people will be emboldened by the result this evening to prevent him.

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6 responses so far

6 Responses to “WorldView: Venezuela, a case study in a democracy’s suicide?”

  1. on 03 Dec 2007 at 11:03 pm

    I think Chavez made a mistake combining some positive changes to the to the constitution with some power grabbing measures.

    I like the ideas of creating communal property, shortening the work week, providing social security to informal workers, and creating local councils to spend government money. It’s the changes to give himself more power and take away term limits that I can’t stomach and I think that’s why he lost.

    In the end, it was a really close result. I don’t think he ever considered rigging the result, as you implied he might. You have to realize, he is really popular in Venezuela, as much as that might irk you.

  2. on 04 Dec 2007 at 2:20 am

    I do realize he is popular. And it does irk me.

    He is popular because most of the population is poor and dependent on government handouts. Rather than use Venezuela’s oil money to provide investment, micro-loans and other measures to improve the economy and generate real opportunities for people, he has simply raised the level of handouts for people who have no opportunity to work, alienated traditional trading partners and nationalized industries – resulting in a very predictable outflow of foreign investment.

    Venezuela is an economic basket case instead of a bread basket, and much of the fault lies at Chavez’ feet.

  3. Madelaineon 24 Dec 2007 at 9:34 pm

    Here’s a list of countries with their leaders term limits…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_term_limits

    So when do you plan to start manufacturing outrage about regimes in Japan, Canada, Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom and France? All these countries may elect leaders for unlimited terms.
    This is precisely what Mr Chavez sought.

    So what’s your problem?
    Isn’t making “them” more like “us” why we’re in Afghanistan?

    Please enunciate exactly what your deep-seated personal issue is with Venezuelas leader.

  4. jnarveyon 26 Dec 2007 at 7:36 am

    “Please enunciate exactly what your deep-seated personal issue is with Venezuelas leader.”

    He murdered my uncle. There… Satisfied?

    Merry Christmas, Comrade Madelaine.

  5. Madelaineon 27 Dec 2007 at 10:27 am

    And your uncle is who exactly?
    Please give us the when and why as well.

    Because I have my doubts.

    Did you hear that many Poles hate Steven Harper because a Polish guy was tasered at an airport?
    No – I doubt you’ve heard that.

    And you’re still on the hook for why you don’t have a problem with term limits for those states. That’s what the resolution was about.

    Nobody minds much when a self styled “opinionist” starts a blog to market themselves to corporations and businesses, since you’re peddling a fairly milquetoast, garden variety version of PC politics – never straying too far left or right to perhaps write (to be generous) yourself out of a possible meal ticket… most people could care less what a blogger thinks.
    Sure you toss in a few weak efforts at straight-out polemics at the “left”like a watered down, freshly wetted pants version of Terry Glavin – but you’ve neither the intellectual chops or the cultural wisdom to know when you’re in over your head.
    Like Canada in Afghanistan.
    You couldn’t be more wrong or foolish on that issue.
    And as a start in that direction, when are you and your pals going into Burma, or Saudi Arabia – to name but a few? See how it works?
    Once you’ve opened that task of re-modelling a society after your own, where *precisely* do you stop?
    What *exactly* is the goal in Afghanistan?

    Plenty of wealthy Iranians now living in California want action against Iran. Did you ever stop to think that maybe the people crying on TV have motives that aren’t about human rights? That maybe their motives are to have their clan/tribe be the ruling elite?
    Do you have anything but the most basic education on the history of Pakistan and its incursions into Afghanistan?
    No – it’s obvious you don’t.
    You’ve inadvertently revealed that that deadly “synergy” of sincerity, naivte and ignorance gives root to a real form of sustainability – stupidity.
    But it ain’t you that pays the price.
    It’s some Afghani kid that happens to be anywhere near an American airstrike to smoke out “insurgents”.
    So let me ask you – How many dead people til you’re happy?

    When Afghanistani’s have a strong man who only imprison people he doesn’t like, will you fell better? When Afghani’s finally have the opportunity to have a homeless problem or lock up their dumpsters at night, will you be happy then?
    Like Canada in Afghanistan – you’re in over your head.

  6. jnarveyon 28 Dec 2007 at 6:54 am

    Glug, glug.

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