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Monday, February 16, 2009

Way to go Venezuela! Can we nominate the entire nation for a Darwin award?

That's tongue in cheek, folks. I'm not congratulating them at all. Why be that way? Because these fools just elected a dictator-for-life:

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez won the right to stay in power for as long as he keeps winning elections in a referendum vote on Sunday that bolsters support for his socialist and anti-U.S. policies.

Electoral authorities said 54 percent of voters approved a constitutional amendment to remove limits on re-election and allow Chavez to stay in office until he is defeated at the ballot box in the OPEC nation. Forty-six percent voted "No."The margin of victory was larger than expected after opinion polls before the vote had given Chavez only a slim lead.

Chavez, whose current term ends in 2013, has already been in power for 10 years and his win in this referendum win helps clear the way for him to fulfill stated his declared goal of ruling for decades.

The victory on Sunday allows Chavez, 54, to put behind him a damaging vote loss in 2007, when his first attempt to remove constitutional restraints on his extended rule was defeated.

But overshadowing his victory is the global economic crisis, which will limit his ability to spend oil cash on nationalizing industries and extending his influence overseas.

Fireworks exploded above Caracas and caravans of cars and mortorbikes sped through the city as Chavez supporters clad in the red of his self-styled revolution celebrated honking their horns and chanting "Heh-ho, Chavez won't go."

Wonderful. Peachy. Captain Ed notes that the first congratulatory call that Chavez took wasn't from Obama but rather Communism's favorite corpse, Fidel Castro. (If Obama called him, it would only be after the @$$hats in Congress repeal the 22nd Amendment, and even then it would be to gloat over the Venezuelan dictator at how quickly he managed to get rid of that pesky restriction.)

Yes, that's snark because Congress will never repeal the 22nd Amendment.

But the people of Venezuela are clearly insane, and now that he can be dictator-for-life we can expect to have more headaches from this sawed-off little runt. And no, I'm not going to draw a comparison between him and Hitler because he's not even close to Hitler. Chavez isn't talking about eradicating one group of people, and blaming those people for the failure of his nation. At least, not yet. His vision of turning Venezuela into a socialist utopia is a fool's errand. Socialism has never worked, so when it all comes crashing down, Lord knows who Chavez will blame.

The United States will likely be suspect number one, in Chavez's eyes, once he feeds the state-run media their talking points.

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