I wonder if there is any connection to the bad years that both Barack Obama and Hugo
Chavez have experienced? You think? For President Hugo Chavez, the year has been knocked by a deep recession, ever higher
crime and electricity shortages, and Venezuela's opposition has its best
shot in years to regain a national voice in an election on Sunday for a
new parliament. (Reuters)
For President Barack Obama, the year has been knocked by loss of jobs, failing economy, failed policies by a Democrat majority in Congress, an drastic increase in the nanny state and those dependent on government. The American opposition, Conservatives and TEA party participants, has it's best shot to stop the Obama agenda and turn things around, regain control from the Liberals and RINOS in the November 2010 and November 2012 elections.
Liberty at Stake in Venezuelan Elections
Venezuelans will go to the ballot box on September 26 to vote on the composition of their National Assembly. Polls indicate that the opposition is slightly more popular than the government, though two-thirds of Venezuelans surveyed want Hugo Chavez not to seek another term next year.
Their disapproval is well-founded, and opposition groups are smart to participate in next week's elections, rather than stage a boycott as they did in 2005. Simply put, the stakes in this year's parliamentary elections are too high; opposition voters must turn out in large numbers if they want to expose, and thereby help curb, Chavez's authoritarianism, according to Independent Institute Senior Fellow Alvaro Vargas Llosa.
"Given the shady electoral body, the campaign of violence and intimidation against critics, and various restrictions imposed on the news media and other organizations, there is scant chance that the official tally will match the number of real votes commanded by the coalition," writes Vargas Llosa. "If the opposition gets a third of the Assembly, Chavez will have to disqualify, throw in jail, beat up or expel a very significant number of elected parliamentarians belonging to a high-profile body based in Caracas--as opposed to a governor here or a few mayors there."
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