Venezuelans will be asked to vote on a whopping 69 constitutional amendments that would greatly reduce the country's democratic governance, strip citizens of still more individual liberties and thus expand President Hugo Chavez's power even beyond what it is today. The sad reality is that voters will probably approve the amendments ...
... Chavez already has assumed some of the powers he wants legitimized in the upcoming referendum. Approving the changes will merely legalize what is already in place and further reduce the options and safeguards available to those who disagree with him and his vision of "21st century socialism."...
Why would Venezuelans vote to curtail their own liberties like this? First, because the people remember that previous governments failed to serve popular interests, while Chavez promises them perks, such as six-hour workdays, and redress of their grievances against domestic and foreign oppressors, including the United States.
Self-destructive voting also can be understood in the context of the region's centuries-old Indian-Iberian culture, which historically stresses a paternalistic relationship between rulers and people, even if this paternalism in reality serves the wishes of the few over the needs of the many.
... The Venezuelan experience demonstrates clearly that when voters' perspectives are incomplete and their passions are ripe for manipulation, popular democracy may not serve their interests, but instead may lead to their virtual enslavement.
- THE SAME TYPES OF THINGS COULD HAPPEN HERE.
- AMERICA'S SOCIALISTIC DEMOCRAT PARTY - AND THEIR COMRADES IN THE MSM - ARE TRYING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN BY MAKING SURE THAT THE ELECTORATE HAS AN "INCOMPLETE PERSPECTIVE" ON IRAQ AND ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND ON THE ECONOMY.
- THE SOCIALISTIC DEMOCRAT PARTY AND THE MSM ARE MANIPULATING THE PUBLIC'S PASSIONS IN AN EFFORT TO ATTAIN THEW WHITE HOUSE SO THAT THEY CAN VIRTUALLY ENSLAVE THE PEOPLE WITH THEIR LEFTIST POLICIES.
DON'T FALL FOR IT.