News Our Dictator Is More Dictatorial Than Your Dictator
posted by January 31 at 11:11 AMon
The top story on the New York Times website right now is about the Venezuelan Congress empowering Hugo Chavez to rule by decree.
A congress wholly loyal to President Hugo Chavez approved a law Wednesday granting him authority to enact sweeping measures by decree.
Meeting at a downtown plaza in a session that resembled a political rally, lawmakers unanimously approved all four articles of the law by a show of hands….
Chavez, who is beginning a fresh six-year term, says the legislation will be the start of a new era of ”maximum revolution” during which he will consolidate Venezuela’s transformation into a socialist society. His critics are calling it a radical lurch toward authoritarianism by a leader with unchecked power.
Thank God we don’t live in some banana republic run by a power-mad crypto-dictator who rules by decree!
And say what you will about Chavez and the advisability of “maximum revolution,” at least Chavez got his extraordinary powers approved by a supine Venezuelan Congress. Bush’s power grabs aren’t preceded by the formality a vote in our equally supine congress. (Yes, still supine—click on “law,” above.) Bush grabs, and Congress just sits there and does nothing. Man, we’re fucked.