Sunday, November 11, 2007

The war on formal democracy.

Bush unta stimulates wave of terror in Venezuela. Venezuela is unique in that students have long been largely, though not exclusively, pawns of the right, and these ones are tied to far right opposition strong-holds with plenty of cash coming in from Washington DC. The Venezuelan government are naturally suspicious.

Now, I want you to pay close attention to this:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's proposed constitutional changes go far beyond "reforms." The 69 amendments blessed by the Chavez-controlled legislature last week would eliminate the vestiges of democracy yet remaining in the government.

Chavez could run for re-election indefinitely and concentrate virtually all state power in his hands. Democratically elected in 1998, he could rule as a dictator for decades.

Chavez could run for re-election indefinitely, and yet still be a dictator. Meanwhile, the Spanish King tells President Chavez to shut up in the name of democracy.