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.