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Chavez Win Strengthens Bolivarianism

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Independent democrats Washington dislikes are called autocrats and much worse. A close race? It never was close throughout the campaign except in fake polls claiming it. 

Indeed an opposition win would be "epochal" for all the wrong reasons. Venezuelans wanted none of it. They had final say.

Many Post editorials are scandalous and disreputable. This one was no different. It claimed Chavez "feels obliged to stage elections (but) in an environment that heavily favors the regime."

"Mr. Chavez controls Venezuela's courts, election commission and most television channels, which bombard the population with propaganda."

All of the above explains America, not Venezuela. Claiming otherwise is vicious and patently untrue.

Venezuelan voters are "intimidated," claimed the Post. Chavez "is in danger of losing (because of) the havoc he has wreaked in what was once Latin America's richest country."

In fact, he turned a cesspool into a model social democracy. That notion is verboten in America. Money power won't tolerate it. Neither do media scoundrels. 

The editorial went on to pillory Chavez with one canard after another. Like all members of America's corporate media establishment, the Post adheres to its strict code of suppressing truth and full disclosure. 

Its notion of freedom and social democracy is none at all. It claimed Chavez's "days as Venezuela's leader are numbered." It suggested a possible electoral loss. 

It urged "Venezuela's neighbors, and the Obama administration, should be ready to react if he attempts to remain in power by force." It barely stopped short of recommending coup d'etat authority to oust him. Perhaps a future editorial will go further.

The Financial Times was more measured. It headlined "Chavez wins new term in Venezuela." It covered his electoral win in 10 concise paragraphs. Pejoratives were omitted.

It said he "frustrat(ed) the opposition's best chance of beating him after 14 years in power and reconfirming him as one of Latin America's most commanding political figures."

Indeed so for good reason. As long as he's healthy, wants to keep serving, and keeps doing the right things, he'll likely to remain so. Venezuelans won't tolerate the alternative.

On October 8, Russia Today (rt.com) headlined "Here to stay: Chavez wins Venezuelan presidency," saying:

He won a fourth term convincingly. There never was any doubt. Only the turnout and margin of victory remained to be determined. With over 90% of ballots counted, now we know.

Crowds were jubilant for good reason. Six more years. Viva Chavez. Viva the kind of social democracy Americans can't even imagine.

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Chavez' days as leader of Venezuela are indeed num... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 6:59:50 AM
The people have chosen one of their own, so Chavez... by Tony Orlando on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 10:39:32 AM
I wasn't lauding the Post, I was making fun of the... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 12:24:01 PM
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This morning, I was very happy to hear that the PE... by JON LARSEN on Tuesday, Oct 9, 2012 at 2:34:37 PM
The dems, libs and progs could learn a vital less... by Lynne Kringler on Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012 at 6:47:23 PM