Tuesday, December 19, 2006


Not Eric. Hugo.

Yes, the always-humorous Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez continues to march his nation in . . . unpleasant directions. In addition to his announcement that he'll introduce a referendum next year allowing him to run for President in perpetuity, his political party, The Fifth Republic Movement, is dissolving.

And, in its impending absence, Chavez "will encourage the 23 other parties that support his government to surrender their own parties and join the United Socialist Party of Venezuela."

Oh boy. That's not good news.

(Notice who he really resembles in the picture at left?)

Rumors that Chavez will grow an ill-groomed beard, wear nothing but combat fatigues, and start smoking grossly oversized cigars have not been confirmed. Stories that he'll also begin addressing the nation in rambling, marathon speeches are being dismissed by government officials as "ridiculous," because Chavez "has given long, crazy speeches for years now."

In related news, newly-appointed Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters that in commemoration of the 45th Anniversary of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, US forces will attempt an amphibious landing at Caracas, only to fail miserably and draw ugly words of condemnation the world over.

"Everyone hates us already. So what the hell do we have to lose?"


Blogger Ed in Westchester said...

But wait, he was elected by his own people, so doesn't that mean he is OK?

end sarcasm.

This guy is trouble. It's a shame that the people there (much like many here) cannot see past the bluster.

Not that he is going to invade, but he is trouble nonetheless.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Toast said...

(Notice who he really resembles in the picture at left?)

I was actually going to venture Gilbert Gottfried.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

I was thinking more along the lines of sartorial resemblance, but if you wanna rock the Gilbert, no one's stopping you.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Comandante Agí said...

He was elected twice, just like President Bush. I don't see how anything could possibly go wrong.

7:04 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Did he win the first time on votes alone, or did the Venezuelan Surpeme Court give him a hand?

7:00 AM  
Blogger DED said...

Man, that guy is so transparent. Does he think that he's fooling anyone?

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...

Does he think that he's fooling anyone?

Nope. Doubt he cares.

Look at our own potentate. Getting caught in a fib hasn't slowed him down a bit.

11:14 AM  
Blogger DED said...

Well, maybe like our own Fibber In Chief, he's got enough propaganda outfits disguised as news media to further his ends.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Roise said...

I have a good friend who in November sold her clinic (she is a doctor) over the objections of her family. The family is now thrilled as Chavez announced his intention to nationalize clinics.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

They got that sale in just in time, that's for sure!

Did she do it out of fear that Chavez would appropriate it, or just coincidental?

What's the future for doctors there? A lot of them leaving for Miami to join the Cuban expats?

7:12 PM  
Blogger Roise said...

There is a Venezuelan expatriate community just outside of Miami; and it is getting larger all the time. Chavez suggested just after the December 3rd election that anyone who disagreed with him should move to Miami.
My friend did not expect the announcement that private clinics would be nationalized; she got lucky in that regard. Even if the clinics do not get nationalized, no one is going to be willing to go into private practice for awhile. It is a game of “hot potato”. She is preparing for a move to Nashville; however she cannot work in the US as a medical doctor. Hence the prep work.

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

What a crappy spot to be stuck in.

I'm sympathetic to the plight of the poor in Venezuela. But taking away the livelihood of various middle-class sorts like your friend hardly seems like the solution, you know.

What a disaster.

4:22 PM  
Blogger troutsky said...

I have spent time in Venezuela and the the great majority of the people happen to like him as do I. He has not institutionalized his power and has in fact empowered the people to a degree not seen anywhere else in the hemisphere. (including US) He is not forcing any of these changes on anybody or repressing anybody. A system that exchanges idiot leaders every few years in a big show of "democracy" is in no way superior to one that hangs onto good leaders.Look at other aspects of the movement and worry less about liberal notions of tyrany.

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Mike said...

not institutionalized his power

Attempting to eliminate other parties???

not forcing any of these changes on anybody or repressing anybody

Appropriating private property???

There are ways to help the working classes without establishing oneself as dictator and without taking away property.

This is how the west ignored "liberal notions of tyranny" and rationalized monsters from the bad ones (Stalin) to the supposedly good ones (Castro).

Let the people vote for their "idiot leaders."

8:20 AM  

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