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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

The New Dictator

It is official. Hugo Chavez is now dictator of Venezuela. There are a lot of people at JAS and on the left who constantly refer to GWB as a dictator. Well, its time to learn what a true dictator is.

"Long live the sovereign people! Long live President Hugo Chavez! Long live socialism!" said National Assembly President Cilia Flores as she proclaimed the "enabling law" approved by a show of hands. "Fatherland, socialism or death! We will prevail!"

In addition to nationalizing the oil and telecom industries, Chavez can dictate all parts of national life:

The law also allows Chavez to dictate unspecified measures to transform state institutions; reform banking, tax, insurance and financial regulations; decide on security and defense matters such as gun regulations and military organization; and "adapt" legislation to ensure "the equal distribution of wealth" as part of a new "social and economic model."
Anyone who knows history remembers that Hitler gained his dictatorship through a similar measure. Although in Hitlers case, the first vote was tallied and Hitler won 441-84. Chavez was able to get it done with merely a voice vote. How quaint.

The next step for Hitler was to get the army to swear personal loyalty to him. Once Hitler had the army, he had it all. I assume that Chavez has a similar goal. I am not sure if oaths in Latin America mean anything, therefore an oath of personal loyalty may not be the Chavez method. Instead, look for something more third worldish, such as the consolidation of the payroll for the army and all police forces into Chavez executive office, and the abolishment of local police forces. If money equals loyalty in Latin America, then Chavez will get his loyalty eventually.

Once Chavez achieves this the mass exodus will end and Venezuela will be shut. And things will suck.

Blogger Air Marshall said...

Sell your stock in Citgo.

12:12 AM, February 01, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

Shall we attack and free the Venezualen people?

I never buy Citgo.

I think what they meant to say was, Fatherland, socialism AND death.

6:07 AM, February 01, 2007  
Blogger Sloanasaurus said...

The one benefit to Chavez is that we will have another ongoing reminder of the failures of socialism to point to as a means to dissuade the ignorant not to depart on such an endeavor.

8:40 AM, February 01, 2007  
Blogger Air Marshall said...

While I agree with you in principle Saurus, I am always struck by how well it has worked (NOT!) in the past. I mean, they have had Cuba as an example since 1959. You would think, Well DUH!

11:35 AM, February 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet there will be no fewer people who, even when this latest Socialist utopia crashes in its own excrement, will continue to believe that it only failed because THEY were not in charge of it.

J. Ewing

11:47 AM, February 01, 2007  
Blogger Scribbler de Stebbing said...

I'm with A.M. and the masked man. To this day, liberals believe the Soviet Union could have succeeded if not for pressure from the evil west, or if it had been implemented more purely and without corruption, or if the wealth were spread from the U.S.A. to the U.S.S.R as should be done in a properly socialized society, or any of a host of other fantasies.

Why, just today there is a clip of Hillary saying she will confiscate oil company profits to create a fund for something or other. Who needs Hugo when we have hordes of his likeness here?

5:06 PM, February 02, 2007  

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