The Venezuelan Dictatorship

Yes, there is a dictatorship in Venezuela. Yes, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone and others of his ilk who don’t believe there is a dictatorship in Venezuela are full of cow manure.

This article was originally written in Spanish, but Google translate did a great job of translating it for me.

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Many people think we are in democracy because they say anything on the street or in any television program, but do not realize that the rules establish a dictatorship in Venezuela in the eyes of the world when I leave without effect to the current National Assembly.
The constant assaults on the institutions, the genuflection of the powers, expropriation, in defiance of threats to private capital and the continuing human rights violations are evidence that the dictatorship has played Venezuelan soil.
In this sense it is important to note that Roman dictators were allowed to command armies, people and resources for about six months without giving effect to the judges and ordinary procedures, but President Chavez was given 18 months’ grace to handle laws at their whim and annul the new National Assembly, ie sabaneta tyrant has more power than any Roman dictator.
Many Venezuelans have a hard time understanding the term of dictatorship when they only have reference to the dictatorship of Marcos Perez Jimenez in the 50’s, but at this point is important to clarify that dictatorships come in various shapes and one of the background of such regime is to deny the evidence and say that true democracy exists to confuse people and the world.
It is important to say that there are dictatorships through insurrection and dictatorship of the incumbent government in Venezuela in the exercise regime, seized control of the country to mount a legal dictatorship and overthrow existing institutions and placing them at the service of the dictator.
Dictatorships only be concerned with political control over the rest of the manifestations of social life, promises and deceit are the spearhead to the totalitarian regimes that play with the hunger and misery of the people.
It’s time to stop this hegemonic project to copy the Cuban model, which nullifies the opposition and the rest of the citizens. But it’s time to internalize the danger run by allowing us to submit by a violation of the Constitution from a legal aspect and not say anything for fear of reprisals from the regime.
One can only ask the question who can embrace with freedom, will bow before the dictatorship? This is the spirit of our struggle, not kneel to the barbarity of those in power. The resistance will be the key to winning this dictatorship that incorporate word of his speech and people claim to defraud the will of thousands of Venezuelans who believed in a change in the way of doing politics. This year is crucial to restore democracy to Venezuela and Venezuelans.
@ Felixvelasquez for A World Without Gag

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Chavez Gets Additional Powers

I really had no idea how stupid people could be. I had this mistaken notion that people wouldn’t be this stupid, but I was mistaken.

I guess I should have remember my “Men In Black” where Agent K tells the soon to be Agent J something along the lines of:

A person is intelligent and reasonable, people are stupid

Chavez wants to institute a “new kind of democracy” in Venezuela. A kind of democracy that ignores checks and balances, that ignores congress, and that resides solely in his hands.

Do you know what that kind of “democracy” is called?

A dictatorship.

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Venezuela’s parliament has granted President Hugo Chavez special powers to deal with the aftermath of devastating floods.

Mr Chavez will be able to pass laws by decree, without needing the support of congress, for 18 months.

His critics say the move will turn the country into a near-dictatorship.

They accuse him of taking advantage of the floods to strengthen his grip on power before a new congress is sworn in in January.

This is the fourth time Mr Chavez has been given such authority since he came to office almost 12 years ago.

He had asked to able to rule by decree for a year to address the emergency caused by floods and landslides that have killed around 40 people and left 140,000 homeless.

But the National Assembly extended the period to 18 months.

The head of the Assembly, Cilia Flores, said lawmakers were responding to the demands of flood victims.

“So that they can have their streets, their highways, public services, electricity, everything to live in dignity, we are going to hear their proposals and concerns,” she said.

Mr Chavez says he has already drawn up a “battery” of 20 new laws which he will pass by decree.

They include measures to raise value-added tax to fund reconstruction and build thousands of homes for flood victims.

Lawmakers debating the enabling law in the Venezuelan congress
The outgoing parliament is dominated by Mr Chavez’s supporters

‘New democracy’

Opposition groups say the timing of the “Enabling Law,” as it is known, is deeply cynical.

The current parliament, which is dominated by the president’s supporters, is in the last few weeks of its session.

A new congress will begin sitting in January with many more opposition members following elections last September, which would have made it more difficult for Mr Chavez to pass laws.

The opposition fear Mr Chavez will use the powers to move Venezuela closer to a left-wing dictatorship.

Newly elected opposition congressman Julio Borges said the enabling law had one single aim: “to give more power to the government and take power away from the people”.

But the opposition would keep fighting to make sure the “Cuban project” would fail, he said.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez visiting flood victims (14 December 2010)

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