President Hugo Chavez won an election that he hoped guaranteed him a lifetime position as president of Venezuela and a promise he would never again have to be pestered by those who believe a democratic society needs honest elections and an end to one man rule. He obtained 54% of the vote, but the opposition recorded its largest level when over 5,000,000 voted against the boss of their country whose obsession with power and control is overwhelming. Opposition leaders noted there was extensive propaganda supporting a “yes” vote to change the constitution to allow unlimited terms of office as president while the “no” vote was less advertised. Chavez was able to use his control of government to pour money into projects that would benefit certain sectors of society and he demonized the opposition.
President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, emerged from working class and has always regarded himself as a man of the people. He has always supported democratic procedures and made clear to the world what he thought about the election in Venezuela. His advisor noted the president believes, “the opposition obtained an excellent result and that shows at least that….. the country is obviously divided.”
Unfortunately, Chavez wants the nation to be divided so he can play poor against rich and stir up emotions that will undoubtedly result in further curtailing of freedom in his nation.