Sunday, March 22, 2009

Trouble in Socialist Venezuela

The Associated Press has reported that the Socialist President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, sent troops to seize air and sea ports in three Venezuelan states governed by Chavez opponents.

Chavez, who is hostile to the United States, said his government will formulate a, "strategic investment plan", to modernize the ports and to guarantee the jobs of thousands of workers in the facilities.

Last week Chavez warned that any governors who challenged the takeover could end up in prison.

Eliseo Fermin, a Chavez opponent and head of the state of Zulia's Legislative Council said, "They're not using reason, they're using force."

On Thursday, prosecutors in Venezuela requested the arrest of opposition leader and mayor of the city of Maracaibo, Manuel Rosales, who ran against Chavez in 2006, on corruption charges. Rosales has denied the charges and has not yet been arrested.

ACR says that if he talks like a dictator and acts like a dictator, Chavez should be referred to as the Dictator of Venezuela.

Those who want to give more and more power to the government over our lives should remember that wise admonition, "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Bob Haran,

American Conservative Republican

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