Heil Hugo!

We note with sadness, if not surprise, recent reports that the vainglorious popinjay Hugo Chávez is further consolidating his dictatorship of Venezuela by seeking to eliminate Constitutional term limits.

As remarked above, this is hardly a surprising development: Chávez already has a firm enough grip on the reins of power in Venezuela that he no longer feels the need to feign the slightest respect or concern for what remains of the political opposition. As quoted in a recent New York Times article, he blithely dismissed those who have objected to his latest assault on freedom, saying “I recommend they take a pill, what do they call it, a Valium.”

A little further along, we see this:

State television championed his proposals Wednesday, and supporters gathered before television cameras near the National Assembly to chant “Fatherland, Socialism or Death!”

Fatherland. Socialism. Does that ring a bell?

Meanwhile, here is the actor Sean Penn, who misses no opportunity to express his loathing for the USA or to make common cause with its foes, cozying up to this monstrosity on a recent visit:

I’m not suggesting that there is anything that can reasonably be done to thwart the ambitions of this preening megalomaniac, this swaggering bully, this hasnamuss, but it is certainly sickening to watch the all-too-familiar arc of his ascent, and even more so to see prominent Americans capering and frisking at his heel.

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  1. Beneath your post, as I write, it says “No Comments” which sums it all up, really, given the dangers of superfluity; apart, that is, from wondering, yet again why so many actors are complete dorks, and I know, I’ve directed enough of them!

    Posted August 19, 2007 at 3:26 pm | Permalink
  2. You could rename your blog wacky wacky wacky just in honor of these two bozos.

    Temporarily, of course.

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted August 19, 2007 at 6:04 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    Yes, it really is hard to know what to say. Would that they were merely “wacky” (and certainly I would never dispute that Hollywood teems with dorks), but sadly, yet another foul dictatorship is coalescing before our eyes, right in the heart of the Western hemisphere. Venezuela is a weathy nation, for now at least, and even leaving aside the misery that lies ahead for its people, Hugo Chávez will have it within his power to be a particularly odious presence upon the world stage, and a very bad neighbor to the USA, for quite some time to come, I’m afraid.

    Posted August 19, 2007 at 8:57 pm | Permalink
  4. The only thing that comes to my mind is the fear of our current administration doing precisely the same thing to the 22nd Amendment.

    Posted October 3, 2007 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
  5. Malcolm says

    That certainly won’t be happening. They’ll be gone in a few months.

    Anyway, as long as they leave the Twenty-First Amendment alone, I’ll be fine.

    Posted October 3, 2007 at 12:39 pm | Permalink