Friday, November 02, 2007

Cubanizing Venezuela While The Courant Winks

Hugo Chavez, the Fidel Castro of Venezula, is moving his country towards a communist form of government. The constitutional changes made recently by the Venezuelan legislature dominated by Chavistas would, according to an AP report, “allow the government to expropriate private property prior to a court ruling and take total control over the Central Bank, create new types of property managed by cooperatives, and extend presidential terms from six to seven years while allowing Chavez to run again in 2012.”

People in Connecticut, if they blinked, will have missed the report in the Hartford Courant. The paper reported the story in its Nation/World News section, a clip bin of world news stories.

Though U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd from Connecticut, now running for president, is considered an authority on Latin America, apparently no one from the paper has contacted him to gage his response to the Cubanization of Venezuela. Dodd also has been cited in the Courant as a supporter of constitutional government, and yet he has not been forthcoming on Chavez’s thus far successful attempts to subvert constitutional democracy in Venezuela.

7 comments:

Kate said...

Dodd is a complete joke, no one in Latin American circles takes the man seriously. Having spent most of my formative years living in CT, and now working in DC, it never ceases to amaze me how he's still in office. I am very curious to know what he has to say about the pending constitutional reform, particularly articles 350, 70, 100, 136, and 141.

Don Pesci said...

Kate,

You just keep agitating Kate, and maybe someday -- no thanks to Dodd -- you'll be able to return Venezula to santiy abd liberty. I like your blog.

Kate said...

Well, at the rate that the Democraps in our illustrious Congress are working their magic in all of Latin America, I regretfully think it will take more than agitation to dethrone the ilk of Chavez from Miraflores.

Thankfully, the Venezuelan opposition are finally getting their act together under Hermann Escarra; next week looks to be extraordinarily crucial, especially since there is a chavista march tomorrow.

My bet is that the dynamic changes; today's participants were on Av. Victoria on their own volition: no buses taking people to the city, no payments for protesting. Chavismo doesn't work that way at all...

Kate said...

Oh, I failed to mention: thank you for the compliment, it's quite undeserved, I can assure you. I enjoy your blog very much! It's so nice to see someone with common sense writing from the Nutmeg State.

Don Pesci said...

Your welcome. I like to think of it as a little oasis of sanity. It might help if the Dems began to think of Chavez as the Mubarak of Latin America. They should be on the side of students, the future generation, and Liberty. These guys, Dodd in particular, have been hanging around too long -- the dustballs of the Congress.

Don Pesci said...

By the way, if you'd like to share something you've written about these matters, just send it to me by e-mail. I'd be proud to publish it here.

Don Pesci said...

Just to answer your question -- concerning what Dodd thinks about Chavez's constutional reform -- no answer will be forthcoming from him, mostly because the media here is liberal and inclined to give a pass to people like Dodd for whom there is no enemy to the right. They wink at these things, shamefully.