An interesting election (unlike ours)

The New York Times is very grumpy and dismissive about Hugo Chavez’ victory in Venezuela — by an 11-point margin, which would of course be considered a landslide here. Oh well, they say, he did better last time. Clearly the magic is fading. Not fading quite as fast as Obie’s, of course.

But still, there’s hope. Venezuela may yet revert to neocolony status, and wouldn’t that be wonderful. Uncle can wait, though the Times is fretfully impatient for good news to report. Chavez is, after all, mortal. And the smart money understands that these spells of public discontent are transitory things.

Until they aren’t.



9 thoughts on “An interesting election (unlike ours)

  1. “Until they aren’t.”

    People in this country aren’t hungry enough yet. There are quite a few more beatings they’ll take before any real discontent takes hold.

    But don’t worry, our elites are working hard on making sure the beatings continue.

  2. Seems the more ferocious the beatings, the greater the hostility toward the lower orders. The US of A remains a wonderful place to be rich and powerful, as divide and conquer is almost on auto-play.

    However, start trying some real “austerity” on “middle class entitlements” and the powers that be will hear some noise — from none other than our only fiery populists at the moment, the tea baggery.

  3. A naked 5’7″ 18 y.o. freshman weighing 135 pounds carrying no weapon took a single round in the chest from a frightened campus police officer’s sidearm. He went down tried to get to his feet, collapsed and died. What could been in the police officer’s mind as he made his decision to adopt lethal force? Fear of a sexual assault? Was the youth sexually aroused?

    The unknown individual who is surmised to have provided the freshman with LSD, if identified, can face a murder charge! All sympathy is due to the police officer who found himself confronted with situation that left him little choice but to slaughter this indecently exposed aggressor. Any less definitive approach would have likely exposed the officer some at least a slight risk of getting scratched or punched by this whirling dervish of an aggressor.

  4. I think the optimsim is unjustified. Even Guatemala’s democratically elected leaders,-I was told on a recent trip there-solid team players since Jacobo was deposed, are starting to question the War on Drugs. The people of course have had it figured out all along.

    Incidently, there was a notice on a “jetway” in Atlanta airport warning Americans the FAA can’t guarentee the saftey of Venezuala’s airports. It seems we weren’t allowedto carry out

  5. The news of Chavez’s win by a razor-thin 11-percent margin was the best news I’d seen in quite a while. Happily, I’ve also reached the point where I actually enjoy watching the likes of the NYT, the Washington Post, and Drudge Report get their panties in a twist over the news (Drudge was especially hilarious, continuously putting the words “win” and “won” in quotes, like the way he refers to gay “marriage”). I especially enjoyed the AP report, which was full of “yeah, but…”.

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