Slog: News & Arts

RSS icon Comments on Our Dictator Is More Dictatorial Than Your Dictator


is dan drunk? you ought to give that a quick read and tune-up.

Posted by jak | January 31, 2007 11:34 AM

You know, after reading that I remembered why I watched the state of the union. It is not that Der Fueher would say anything new. I am just waiting for him to address the Congress and walk behind the speaker and the V-P and pull down the American Flag to reveal a swastika or a hammer and sickle. At least the suspense of waiting for our liberties and rule of law will finally come to an end.....

Posted by Andrew | January 31, 2007 11:47 AM

Dan- the Venzuelan congress has no choice when it comes to loyalt to Chavez. His economically ill-advised populism has resulted in a public so Chavezmanic that an objector to Chavez's power-seizure would have no chance of reelection.

Think of the Authorization to Use Military Force or the Patriot Act. This sort of congressional approbation must be put in scare quotes.

Posted by Dakota Solberg | January 31, 2007 11:56 AM

Dan's breathless post reminds me of a piece that appeared yesterday in the NY Times' sister publication, the International Herald Tribune. Headline: "Elemental Caution in Immoderate Times." I can't link because it's under the Times' pay service, but I think I'm OK to quote the first two sentences:

Barack Obama tells of Democrats who rush up to him at events insisting "that we live in the worst of political times, that a creeping fascism is closing its grip around our throats."

It's then, the presidential candidate says, that he points to graver intervals in American history, and suggests, no small wisdom here, "we all take a deep breath."

Posted by cressona | January 31, 2007 12:26 PM

Yeah, things could be--and have been--a lot worse here. But I do think it's relevant to point out that they're still pretty damn bad, and that countries such as Venezuela that are commonly viewed as autocratic are really not that much different from the US currently.

That said, these are worrisome moves by Chavez. Until now, I think he's been a pretty good model of a Latin American leader who can stand up to US corporate interests and enact truly progressive reforms. No matter how popular he is, though, ruling by decree is a step too far. It threatens to undermine all the good Chavez has done, and render him a useless cartoon enemy like Fidel Castro. I think that's what Chavez wants, unfortunately.

Posted by Cascadian | January 31, 2007 1:06 PM

Congress *supine*? Prone is more like it, prone and ready to take it up the ass like a dull bottom - the kind that just lies there and moans.

By the way did you all catch the story circulating that the recent US/Iraqi victory over sunni insurgents was really an Sunni-iraqi massacre of a Shia tribe in which we participated becuase we didn't know any better. (The UK Independent summarizes the regional papers.)

We haven't had an Enduring Freedom / Dessert Strom named operation for a while. I vote for naming the troop surge Operation Invincible Ignorance.

Posted by kinaidos | January 31, 2007 1:06 PM

As a lefty, I'm supposed to root for this anti-democratic dictator in the making, right? Sorry, Chavez has gone way too far.

Posted by Chim Richalds, MD | January 31, 2007 1:29 PM

#6 it was all over the news that U.S forces were going to train there gun sites on the Shia everyday in the last two weeks. Nothing new or shocking, except that were going to get shot at now by both sides even more in the next month. Everybody ready for the Iranian invasion. scratch that, sorry. Its like yelling bomb in an airport.

Troops home now! ASAP!

Posted by sputnik | January 31, 2007 3:05 PM

Deep breaths? Good idea. People are really going crazy! From the exploding, out of control anti-war movement to the constant protests and frenzied political action...oh wait

Posted by BA | January 31, 2007 7:33 PM

I do not understand the white liberal fear of Chavez. He has won in one landslide elction after another. He channels oil money into programs to the poor, etc etc. He is the type of leftie leader this country could use. Somebody with a spine and the will to call a spade a shovel, or Bush a facist. I for one would rather have ChAVEZ covering my back then "Impeachment is off the table" Nacy Pelosi.

Posted by Gary | February 1, 2007 1:48 AM

Gary - many of the people on this Slog are not left - as in Dan - they are trapped Republicans.

All of South America is in economic boom and change. Thanks to the anti poverty God, and have little need for anything American except much higher international prices.

Hard to give up control for American business.....our economic colonies are one by one escaping.

And beware all the phony lefties in Seattle.

Posted by sidney | February 1, 2007 5:16 AM

Comments Closed

In order to combat spam, we are no longer accepting comments on this post (or any post more than 45 days old).