Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Resistance To The Regime In Venezuela
Power grabbing president
It's not necessary for the United States to invade every country that's being led by a despotic dictator. Sometimes conditions get so bad that the people take matters into their own hands.
That's what's happening in Venezuela, where many people are fed up with big mouth Pres. Hugo Chavez and his power grabbing tactics.
Riot police were called out to put down a demonstration against Chavez's attempts to consolidate power in defiance of the nation's constitution and without regard to a vote by the electorate. While it's never pretty to see the police turn against the people they're supposed to be protecting, it's at least an indication that the populous is waking up and, to use my favorite baseball metaphor, stepping up to the plate.
Now is the time to show support for the freedom loving people in Venezuela. By writing and talking about who Chavez really is.
Americans should stop accepting charity from Chavez, who grandstands by providing low cost home heating fuel for small numbers of poor in the United States. This is nothing but a public relations move by a guy who is far less benevolent to his own people.
Remember when then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani tossed a check back in the face of a Saudi prince following the 9/11 attacks? That was Giuliani's finest moment. It's an act that should be emulated by those who Chavez is trying to exploit.
And next time Chavez comes to the United States to criticize the government and the system here, thousands of Americans should protest and expose him for the government and system he is running in Venezuela.
Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/presidenciaecuador/2673256442/