Chavez Win Strengthens Bolivarianism
Viva Chavez! Venezuelans celebrate convincing victory.
by Stephen Lendman
Several previous articles said Venezuelans won't tolerate going back to their ugly past. On Sunday, they proved it. They voted in record numbers.
Long lines queued hours before dawn. Polls stayed open well into the night so everyone coming out could vote.
Turnout was nearly 81% of Venezuela's 19,119,809 registered voters. US elections usually get around 50%. Off-year congressional races average under 40%.
From 1960 - 2010, the highest percentage participation was 63.1%. It was in 1960 when Kennedy defeated Nixon. The lowest turnout was 49.1% in 1996 when Clinton bested Bob Dole.
In the off-year 2010 congressional election, a meager 37.8% participated. America's electoral process lacks credibility. Duopoly power permits no choice. Big Money always wins.
Venezuelans get the real thing. Their electoral process is the best in the world. It's independently judged open, free and fair. Every vote counts. They're tabulated fully and honestly.
US elections are rigged. Politics in America reflect more hypocrisy than democracy.
Overnight Sunday into Monday pre-dawn, Venezuelans celebrated. Fireworks went off in Caracas. People honked horns, waved flags, and cheered. Thousands massed outside the Miraflores presidential palace. Chavez rallied them.
From a balcony overlooking the crowd, he raised a sword once belonging to 19th century independence hero Simon Bolivar. "The revolution has triumphed," he said! Venezuelans "voted for socialism."
"Viva Venezuela! Viva the fatherland! The battle was perfect and the victory was perfect!"
"Today we've shown that Venezuela's democracy is one of the best democracies in the world, and we will continue to show it."
"Venezuela will never return to neoliberalism and continue in the transition to socialism of the 21st century."
"I want to make a recognition to the whole Venezuelan people, the whole Venezuelan nation. Today the country of Bolivar was reborn."