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Hugo Chavez, The Mouse That Squeaks Nonsense

Hugo Chavez, the president of Venezuela who cannot keep a tight lid on his mouth, roared into the limelight with another of his absurd statements. In his weekly TV program to the nation, Chavez told the audience that Chancellor Merkel of Germany, “is from the German right, the same that supported Hitler, that supported fascism, that’s the Chancellor of Germany today. Ms. Chancellor, you can go to…..” He hesitated a moment and then added, “Because you’re a lady, I won’t say any more.” His outburst came after Merkel told the German news agency, DPA, that “President Chavez does not speak for Latin America. every country has its own voice with which to pursue its own interests.” She is preparing to go to Peru on Friday for the summit meeting between European and Latin American leaders.

Chavez apaprently can’t keep his mouth shut because he promised to confront Chancellor Merkel at the meeting and provoke her into telling him to say “why don’t you shut up” which was told him several months ago by King Juan Carlos at a Latin American meeting attended by the Spanish govenment.

Hugo Chavez is a tragic figure because he has the opportunity to work for peace within Latin America but has proceeded on a path of verbal violence which seeks to provoke rather than seeks to resolve issues. He is a poseur who pretends to support the working class but all he does is support his quest for unlimited power.

Hugo Chavez Seeks To End Venezuelan Democracy

As President Hugo Chavez continues his effort to create a new socialist Bolivarian society even some of his radical supporters are wondering is he concerned about the people of his nation or does this have to do with his personal needs for power. Several months ago, the Tupamaros were a leftist group supporting his efforts, but many have now turned on their former beloved leader. They refused to support the upcoming referendum which would allow Chavez to govern indefinitely. The new constitution ends term limits, allows the president to control parliament and the judiciary, to declare a state of emergency when he so desires and even extends his control over the banking system. Former Chavez ally, Raul Baduel, who served as Defense Minister, states bluntly, “Chavez is staging a coup against democracy.” The Podemos Party which supported Chavez has ended that alliance and its leader Ismael Garcia says “Chavez is gambling away the future of the nation.”

Chavez initially did attempt some important reforms such as empowering poor people to make local decisions about what is happening in their lives. He diverted money to raise people out of poverty. But, his hunger for power leads invariably towards dictatorship, in actuality, if not in name. A sad commentary on a nation that deserves better and on a man who could have done much more to aid the people of his society.