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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Hero of the Left Makes a Predictable Decision

H/T to the Gateway Pundit

Ahhh.... it's just great when one of the heroes of the Left follows the gameplan. It seems that Hugo isn't too pleased with the prospect that he'd have to retire in 2012 and is pushing for the voters to decide whether his next term should be 25 years.

Hugo Chavez Suggests Holding Power For 25 Years

(AP) CARACAS, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that Venezuelan voters should have the chance to decide whether he should govern the country for the next 25 years.

Speaking at a stadium packed with supporters in central Lara state, Chavez said he would hold a referendum to put the question of his remaining in office to Venezuelans if the opposition pulls out of upcoming presidential elections.

"I am going to ask you, all the people, if you agree with Chavez being president until 2031," he said.

It was not clear if Chavez was talking about holding a legally binding vote to eliminate term limits or proposing a plebiscite.

Chavez said Friday that he said he might seek "indefinite" re-election through a referendum if the opposition boycotts the presidential vote.

"I would call a national referendum to have the people decide if I can continue here indefinitely or if I have to go after six years," he said.

Opposition leaders accuse Chavez, a former paratroop commander first elected in 1998, of becoming increasingly authoritarian and opening dangerous divisions along class lines in Venezuela -- the world's fifth largest oil exporter.

The Venezuelan Constitution allows a president to be re-elected only once in immediate succession. Chavez is eligible for re-election to another six-year term in December, but if he wins he would not be able to run again in 2012.

And I have no doubt how that vote will turn out... If the Left really wants to see some voter fraud, they should stop focusing on Diebold machines and take a look in Latin America (and any election that Jimmy Carter certifies).

And the reaction of the Moonbats? Crickets chirping, other than this post at DU congratulating Chavez on his goal of creating a Leftist Western Hemisphere to oppose US policies. Notice how one commenter questions some of Hugo's policies and is immediately attacked...
lovuian (1000+ posts)
Sun May-07-06 10:18 PM
Original message

Hugo Chavez wants to form 'axis of good'

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is leading the way to form what he calls an axis of good -- countries opposed to U.S. foreign policy.

He heads to London this week to meet with Mayor Ken Livingstone and others who oppose what they see as U.S. imperialism, The Sunday Times of London reports.

In his own hemisphere, Chavez is gaining support, the newspaper said.
Is this a topsy turvey world???

Sun May-07-06 10:19 PM
Response to Original message

1. Here we go again


Pass the butter please!


eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Sun May-07-06 10:20 PM
Response to Original message

2. If it wasn't for good people in the world like him, I'd go nuts

Edited on Sun May-07-06 10:26 PM by eleny
Thanks for posting. This makesme feel better today.

Edit: I sent the article to Peter Werbe. Maybe he'll talk about this on his broadcast tonight.

jerry611 (128 posts)
Sun May-07-06 10:27 PM
Response to Reply #2

4. I wouldn't call him good....

Just because he opposes Bush doesn't automatically make him "good."

I know some people who immigrated here from Venezuela and all I have heard are just terrible things about Hugo Chavez.

Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Sun May-07-06 10:32 PM
Response to Reply #4

5. A good many DU'ers have been keeping close watch on news from

Venezuela, and we READ a lot.

We know enough to know that most of the Venezuelans in South Florida are right-wing @$$hole$. Long term DU'ers who live there have commented on it.

eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Sun May-07-06 10:41 PM
Response to Reply #4

7. I know full well about some of his policies

Chavez is doing much good for Venezuela one step at a time. Not to forget that he even sold heating fuel to poor areas within the USA this past winter. He's a good man in my book.

Mika (1000+ posts)
Sun May-07-06 10:48 PM
Response to Reply #4

10. More from the "Some people say" dept.


muntrv (292 posts)
Sun May-07-06 10:24 PM
Response to Original message

3. Evo Morales of Bolivia

is trying to do the same thing by nationalizing the natural gas reserves. Face it, the rest of the world is tilting leftward.

Boojatta (931 posts)
Sun May-07-06 10:48 PM
Response to Reply #3

9. The USA might do the same thing by repudiating all US government debt

that is owed to foreigners. Citizens of the USA may continue to receive interest payments.

IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Sun May-07-06 10:34 PM
Response to Original message

6. Sadly, this wil *not* make ABC, NBC, FOX, CNN, MSNBC...

They can only report Chavez-negative information.


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