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Chavez beats Bush in race to dictatorship

corbettw (214229) writes | more than 7 years ago

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Chavez has done it, he's beat Bush* in the race to become a dictator.

The Congress of Venezuela has granted Hugo Chavez the kind of authority that liberals in American think George Bush desperately desires: the ability to rule by decree. Who wants to take bets on how many liberals denounce this action and start calling Chavez a bloody tyrant the way they do Bush?

Chavez has done it, he's beat Bush* in the race to become a dictator.

The Congress of Venezuela has granted Hugo Chavez the kind of authority that liberals in American think George Bush desperately desires: the ability to rule by decree. Who wants to take bets on how many liberals denounce this action and start calling Chavez a bloody tyrant the way they do Bush?

*I don't think Bush wants to be a dictator. Hell, I'm not convinced he wants to be a President!

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Chavez only runs VZ (1)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 7 years ago | (#17838722)

Not the world.

Still, the act passed was even called an "Enabling Act"

Re:Chavez only runs VZ (1)

iminplaya (723125) | more than 7 years ago | (#17840046)

We can take consolation that Bush really isn't running anything. Heh, gotta admit, this guy Chavez makes world politics almost as entertaining as pro-wrestling. The sincerity of the main players is at about the same level. He'd beat the livin' crap outta Bush is a steel cage match. Wouldn't that be a sight. It would make ratings history.

Re:Chavez only runs VZ (0, Troll)

corbettw (214229) | more than 7 years ago | (#17842880)

Bush doesn't run the world, either. Not by a long shot.

So we now have an actual megalomaniac dictator in the Americas who has enough mineral wealth to operate on his own (Castro was never really a threat, especially not after the Soviet Union went away). Fun times ahead!

Re:Chavez only runs VZ (1)

crazyeddie740 (785275) | more than 7 years ago | (#17886716)

Crap, it passed. Chavez gets the ability to make laws by decree, even though he already has both houses of his Congress in his pocket. Although I could make a point that despite having had both houses of Congress in his pocket, *our* President still found it necessary to use signing statements to get what he wanted, I'm still going to give the Rising Tyrant Award to Chavez. After all, our President can only unilaterally rewrite the laws that Congress passes - Chavez can now just make up entirely new laws without having to wait for his Congress to send "incorrect" laws to him for re-"interpretation."

So Chavez has now crossed the line into dictatorship. What to do about it is a tough question.

Chavez nationalizes the telecom and electricity industries, including companies which American corps have stock in.

What would I do? Simple, present the government of Venezuela with a bill for the stock's worth the day before the takeover was announced (or, rather, leaked, since the news called a fall in the stock price). If they don't pay up, confiscate some of their assets in this country in order to recompensate our affected corporations.

Chavez's administration announces that they will not renew a certain TV station's equivalent of an FCC license when it comes up for a renewal in four months. This, of course, has nothing to do with the fact that this TV station has been critical of Chavez. The TV station also says that its license is good for another 4 years. Must be a clerical error...

What would I do? Pull some strings with some neighboring countries, set up a super-station that can blanket all of Venezuela (possibly rigging something up with multiple directional antennas in different countries, so we annoy as few non-Venezuelans as possible), offer the TV station's staff a new job, complete with training in investigative reporting from the CIA. (Also, do something to firewall the new station from our government so that we have no editorial control. It would still get accused of being our mouthpiece, but hopefully it wouldn't just be a Spanish-language version of Fox News. Encourage them to take potshots at our government, maybe. If I were running the show, I'd want them to be anti-Chavez, which ain't necessarily the same as pro-America.) Help them to set up their own intelligence gathering network inside Venezuela, sit back and watch the show.

Chavez "quietly" assumes dictatorial powers... ?

Military intervention is tempting, but according to this report, http://diplomacy.shu.edu/journal/new/pdf/VolVINo1/ 09_Tures.pdf [shu.edu] , our success rate with those leaves something to be desired. Most of the time, our military operations have no effect on the amount of freedom in the country the take place. When our operations do have an effect, more often than not, our gracious hosts are less free when we leave than before we got there. Two factors seem to have an effect on our success rates: Firstly, unpopular presidents do worse. (Although there might be some question of correlation vs. causation there: Does lack of support for a president cause the president to be less successful? Or does screwing up a military operation cause unpopularity? Or do both factors stem from a common cause: maybe a president that is likely to screw up a military operation is also likely to have lower popularity?) Secondly, Democratic presidents do better.

Well, since our current President is 1) a Republican and 2) has an approval rating only 1 point higher than Nixon at his worst (last I checked), then if we do decide to intervene militarily, it might be a good idea to wait until January '09 when Obama becomes President!

(btw, thanks for changing your sig, corbettw.)
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