Here is an example of a chief executive who is genuinely manipulating the public for the purpose of consolidating power in the executive, permanently. It really doesn’t concern me that he is coming to New York and calling our President the devil, as much as it does that he is positioning himself to be the next Castro. Now I’m sure this is all the CIA’s and Reagan’s fault, but nevertheless–Monroe Doctrine and all–not a good development for the hemisphere. Hey, but at least he’s using his Government creatively to provide free healthcare.
Here’s the most important paragraph:
All the indications are that Mr Chávez does not intend this weekend’s election to be his last. He has proposed to hold a referendum in 2010 to abolish a clause in the constitution, which he himself introduced, restricting presidents to two consecutive six-year terms. It appears that the opposition will be tolerated, so long as it does not threaten to take power. “There is no room in Venezuela for any project other than the Bolivarian revolution,” Mr Chávez told the rally.