Did Obama have a model of himself crafted into a wise man, standing next to Joseph in a downtown
Did Obama send a florid note to Russian Prime Minister
And I can promise you, no American president has ever considered digging up
That's exactly what Chavez did with
But Chavez's most outrageous insult was his claim that Obama has destroyed
Right now, for example,
What's more, under Chavez,
If anyone believes Chavez himself has not encouraged a culture of violence, consider that a group of university students known as Chavistas for their allegiance to the president last month burned down a concert hall, a World Heritage site designed by
Chavez runs a self-proclaimed socialist country. That should be easy in his oil-wealthy state.
Nonetheless, at least one-quarter of the people live in poverty, and thousands are forced to live in bomb shelters, community centers and other public facilities because of insufficient housing. For years, the nation has suffered serious shortages of staple foods, including meat, milk and coffee. Schools are pathetically bad; the few well-educated emigrate. Is there any better definition of mismanagement?
Meantime, Chavez is selling cut-rate oil to his friends the Castros in
Chavez is recovering from cancer, though he refuses to release medical records to show the actual state of his health. Then, last week, he publically accused
The only good news is this: After many years, the state's fractious political opposition has unified. It's holding a primary next month, giving a single candidate chosen by the people the opportunity to tell the nation what a disaster Chavez has been. The polling firm Varianzas just released results of a survey in which half of Venezuelans said they wanted a new president.
Elections are in October.
For the sake of the long-suffering Venezuelan people, duped for more than a decade by a dangerous fraud, we can only wish the opposition well.
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