Yesterday, the Venezuelan people hammered the last nail into the coffin that now holds their democracy by voting away term limits for the presidency. The world may call Hugo Chavez “President of Venezuela”, but freedom lovers know what he really is: just another dictator. Just another dictator that has used the poor to his advantage and fooled them into thinking that he can give them everything they need when he has really just enslaved them. Chavez has bet everything on the high oil prices, but since they have fallen his economy is quickly unraveling and just as socialism always fails, his plans will fail as well because he will not be able to maintain the socialized policies he has created. The people will then wake up and it will be to late just like it was for the Cubans who put such faith in Castro.
Times Online reports that the “opposition leaders…[warned] that the charismatic populist, who already holds sway over the courts, the electoral council and the National Assembly, was now virtually unstoppable. Last night they claimed that Mr Chávez’s use of state resources to mobilise supporters, and the pressure on two million public employees to vote with the Government, had skewed the results.” It also reported that, “The President has said that he needs to stay in power until at least 2019 to complete his Bolivarian Revolution, a process whereby the State has taken control of the country’s vast oil wealth, expropriated private land-holdings and businesses and instituted a programme of social reforms. First elected in 1998, he has on occasions suggested that he might hold on to power until 2049, when he will be 95.”
Chavez has vowed to speed up the construction of true socialism. I hope Americans are paying attention because this same thing could be on the horizon for us. Especially watch for presidential term limits to be voted away and for the new socialist programs coming our way via the stimulus. The true revolution is for liberty, not slavery!