Monday, November 17, 2008

Elections the Venezuelan Way

"In recent weeks he [Mr. Chavez] has begun threatening to use the military against his own population in states where his municipal and gubernatorial candidates are defeated. On a trip to the state of Carabobo last week, for example, he told voters, 'If you let the oligarchy return to government then maybe I'll end up sending the tanks of the armored brigade out to defend the revolutionary government.' Just as troubling are the president's declarations that in states where his candidates are not elected, he will withhold federal funding."

1 comment:

Tim Canon said...

Squashing the opposition seems to be a recurring theme in the most extreme socialist countries. But I guess that's necessary to run a socialist state, because there's no way you can make everyone happy or justify to the unhappy why that is so.