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Chavez Wins Third Term

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Posted on Dec 4, 2006
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Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez addresses a rally.

Hugo Chavez has successfully defended his post and secured another six-year term as Venezuela’s president following an election held on Sunday.  During his acceptance speech, Chavez reprised his pet name for President Bush, saying his victory was “another defeat for the devil.”


BBC:

With most of the ballots counted, Mr. Chavez had taken more than 60% of the vote, officials said.

The president, who has secured the support of the poor by using oil to fund welfare, told crowds his left-wing “Bolivarian revolution” had triumphed.

Admitting defeat, his Social Democrat rival said he would go on “fighting for democracy” in the streets if necessary.

“It’s another defeat for the devil, who tries to dominate the world,” Mr. Chavez told cheering supporters, mocking U.S. President George W. Bush, and sending out a “brotherly” salute to Cuba’s President Fidel Castro.

Relations between Caracas and Washington have come under increasing strain in the past few years, with the U.S. accusing Mr. Chavez of trying to destabilise Latin America.

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By Peter Beattie, December 5, 2006 at 9:57 am Link to this comment
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Would you please publish my follow-up post, which I submitted yesterday afternoon, explaining to the board that my first post was a parody?

Thanks,
Peter

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By Fadel Abdallah, December 4, 2006 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment
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Good News! Bad News!

Good news for the poor and struggling masses in third world countries as well as the cause of true freedom and democracy!

Bad news for evil Bush and gang and the neo-Nazis merchants of death who support him!

Que viva Chavez! Y que viva Venezuela!

One of the unhappy “bastards” is Peter Beattie. My condolances to you Mr. red neck ; and may the good news from Venezuela bring about your demise, consumed by your evil hatred for the cause of progress and true democracy!

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By Lee hutchings, December 4, 2006 at 9:01 pm Link to this comment
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<“The mistake, from my point of view, is trying to figure out Chavez. What you’ve got to figure out is why the market economic model has not worked to include the majority from Mexico down to Tierra del Fuego,” he said.  Quoting Joseph Stelegiz(Sp?), Nobel Prize winner and former World Bank member.

This after 25 or 30 years of following Wall Street/Washington’s “Free Market” principles that
was supposed to prove that “a rising tide raises all boats”. But a raising tide does not make a rowboat into a yacht!

Economies are like shoes, and a “one size fits all” does not/can not fit all feet. But then again, the “Washington Consensus” was never intended to do what it claimed to to do. It was, and still is, aiming to create a global “ownership society” dominated by a non-democratic
ruling class, not subject to the laws they impose on the rest of mankind. Can you say New World Order?

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By Dr. knowitall, PhD, PhD, December 4, 2006 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment
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America had better hurry up and fix its healthcare system so it can tend to its own case of terminal arrogance.

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By Peter Beattie, December 4, 2006 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment
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I was serious, Ken - serious parody.  Amazingly, a lot of people think just that - they just leave out the bit about the private media being virulently anti-Chavez, and they wouldn’t call his policies pro-poor… they’d call them… hmm… ‘irresponsible populist measures that will destroy the economy.’

I would like to have enough faith in the human brain to think that it would explode were it to have to deal with the kind of cognitive dissonance this kind of anti-Chavez position, like that held by former ambassador Bolton, entails.  But here in New York, the kids of wealthy Venezuelans, and everyone else who reads only the New York Times and worse receive just enough sprinklings of information to form the kind of anti-Chavez opinion I was parodying… which proves that a little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing…

You know what else the Venezuelan situation proves?  That a media establishment, which is far worse there than even here, it would seem, can’t beat out grassroots campaigning and organizing.  At least in Venezuela. 

But at least it offers some hope for those of us living under a media establishment unparalleled in its stupidity, and the dangers to human life that stupidity presents…

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By Ken Mitchell, December 4, 2006 at 2:02 pm Link to this comment
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Why is it that the neocons accept Bush’s stealing the 2000 election by fraud in Florida and his stealing the 2004 election by sstealing votes in Ohio, but can’t accept Chavez’s similar election in Venezuela. The neocons forget that Bush tried to saboutage the 2002 election in Venezuela. Also, why is it not okay to trade with Cuba and Venezuela, but okay to trade with CHina and Saudi Arabia?

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By Larry Anklam, December 4, 2006 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment
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The man; like Castro,  refusses to KISS BUSH’S ASS, therefore, he is of no use to the Zionist minority who control our government.

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By Ken Ogden, December 4, 2006 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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That first guy can’t be serious.  His pro poor policies - what should they be the pro rich policies?

Censoring the media so that they have to be anti chavez - come on…  this guy undoubtedly still thinks there are weapons of mass distruction in Grenada…..

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By Peter Beattie, December 4, 2006 at 11:22 am Link to this comment
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Yet another dastardly deed of deception from this darky demagogue.  Of course he’d win in a landslide, what with his irresponsible pro-poor-majority policies, his iron rule of the Venezuelan media and trampling of free speech.  But his form of censorship is so insidious…  You see, the private media in Venezuela are virulently anti-Chavez - but don’t let this fool you - this is all part of his evil master plan.  In fact, he censors the media from saying anything good about him, and forces them to ridicule and demonize him, attempt to overthrow him, and assault him and his supporters with racial epithets.  This is part of his evil, brilliant plan to make it seem like the press is free, when in fact the iron chains of censorship force the Venezuelan media to trumpet the cause of unfettered oligarchal capitalism and power for the rich - when what the wealthy media barons of Venezuela would really want to do is present even-handed, fair and balanced news reportage. 

John Bolton, bless the former representative’s soul, had it right when he cleverly said that he wished Chavez would grant to his own people the freedom of speech Chavez himself enjoyed in New York.  Indeed, when will this devious delinquent allow the poor captive private media of his country to praise him, instead of forcing them to repeatedly call him a monkey and engage in other revolting racist innuendoes?  When will he release his iron grip, and grant permission to the Venezuelan media to write something positive about his government?

The bastard!

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By Quy Tran, December 4, 2006 at 9:52 am Link to this comment
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Congratulations Mr. President !

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By Robert Hutwohl, December 4, 2006 at 9:33 am Link to this comment
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The re-election of Hugo Chavez demonstrates the progress of freedom-loving people. Chavez will work towards the freedom of the people of America, because it would appear, collectively, the people of America do not have the will to get rid of Bush on their own. They need outside help. This inability is, of course, unfortunate.

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By C Quil, December 4, 2006 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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Good.

I hope he doesn’t try to extend the limit on the length of time one person can be president, though. After serving for the next six years, he should retire gracefully and allow the reins to fall into the hands of some of his supporters. (Somehow I doubt he’ll be listening to me, though.)

Is this possible? You never know with Chavez. He may be a bit much sometimes, but he’s always surprising, and jam-packed with charisma (Chavisma?). He certainly put Venezuela on the map. I hope nothing awful happens to destroy what he’s tried to build up.

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