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Thursday, December 01, 2005

18 - Why Are Right-Wingers So Terrified of Hugo Chavez? Listen to O'Reilly, Gingrich, Robertson & Limbaugh Enlighten Us

Pat Robertson's call for the assassination of democratically-elected president Hugo Chavez of Venezuela didn't come out of the blue. Right-wingers have been foaming at the mouth over Chavez for years. Their cry for blood has just been getting more press lately. Bill O'Reilly and Newt Gingrich, in a frighteningly dishonest conversation, recently joined the lynch mob.

If you're wondering what on earth Chavez could have done to earn the enmity of these right-wing killers, you'll find the answer by listening to this podcast. Hint: a clip of head cheerleader for the right Rush Limbaugh will provide the critical clue.

Jack Clark 2:09 PM [+]
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great show. This is the best one to date. Keep 'em coming!
posted by Anonymous Anonymous  2:30 PM   [+]
Coincidentally, there is a tie-in between this topic and the previous blog dealing with electronic voting machines.
It seems Venezuelan opposition parties boycotted the recent parliamentary elections en masse, handing Chavez' ruling party the power to rewrite the constitution (though this would be submitted to a referendum).
They complained the election was unfair because the electoral council, stacked with Chavez supporters, did not permit an immediate audit of the paper trail produced by electronic voting machines, then relenting at the last minute to permit just 1% of machines to be audited. A senior election observer, Jennifer McCoy, appears to have dismissed this concern because a massive second audit was performed 3 days later( see http://www.cartercenter.org/doc1826.htm). She also explains why exit polls can be unreliable.
Another interesting complaint concerned the fear that taking of fingerprint data to authorize voters would allow later identification of how a person voted (see http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20051205/ts_afp/venezuelavote).
Finally it has been suggested that the boycott was part of a plan to make people believe that "democracy in Venezuela is in grave peril" (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1658890,00.html).
So, all in all, not without problems, but I would still give them the edge over the U.S. experience.
posted by Anonymous Anonymous  1:06 AM   [+]
Dead on..absolutely told like it should be THIS bush administration and right wing power/money hungry juggernaut is the new face of Nazi-like invasion (both actual physical and in the guise of 'our" American business interests) teqniques and supression of truths to its own people keep telling it like it is and get your self onto television screens.

posted by Anonymous Anonymous  11:47 AM   [+]
I enjoyed this show a lot. I'm reminded of "the script" that has been pretty much followed by every administration when it comes to dealing with any country that wants to cut loose of the U.S. and its allies, though. I have no great love for Bush, but this is something that is hardly new.

The term "banana republic" didn't get created by accident - we've been practicing aggression in various forms and with various excuses in Central and South America since the dawn of the U.S.
posted by Blogger Sean LeBlanc  9:16 PM   [+]
Watch “The Revolution will not be televised”, and documentary made by two Irish Guys in the wrong place at the wrong time.


posted by Anonymous Anonymous  12:28 PM   [+]
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