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I sure was surprised (and pleased) by this vote!!!!

by Angeline Booher / December 2, 2007 11:39 PM PST
CARACAS, Venezuela (CNN) -- Venezuelans, by the slimmest of margins, rejected a constitutional referendum that would have allowed President Hugo Chavez to seek re-election indefinitely and tightened socialism's grip on the oil-rich Latin American nation.

By 51 percent to 49 percent, voters shot down a referendum that included 69 proposed amendments to the 1999 constitution, according to Monday reports from the National Electoral Council. In all, 9 million of Venezuela's 16 million eligible voters went to the polls.


I can't see Chavez giving up his plan to be an omnipotent dictator, though. Maybe he will step us his reign of terror.

Heck, it doesn't take a commie state to offer free health care and education to the poor. We offer free education to everybody, not just the poor. And our medicaid for the poor costs recipients little, if any.

Kudos to the brave souls who went to the polls!

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Dittos on the kudos.
by caktus / December 2, 2007 11:47 PM PST

I thought it would fail by a bit more of a spread. It [will] be interesting to see what he does next. I wonder if he will pull a Gore i.e. concede, reneg, concede again, reneg again, recount, court all the time whinning.

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On the other hand...
by EdH / December 2, 2007 11:50 PM PST

Putin won big in Russia, and that could turn into a huge threat.

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Concerned about Putin
by JP Bill / December 3, 2007 2:42 AM PST
In reply to: On the other hand...

Concerned about PoUTINe

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Kudos to the college kids...
by grimgraphix / December 3, 2007 1:59 AM PST

... who - from what I have read - were a driving force in educating the general electorate about the proposed changes, and what they meant for the country.

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and does anybody think
by jimandjerry / December 3, 2007 2:18 AM PST

hes a man of honor?not I. he will not step down

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I agree he may resist stepping down...
by grimgraphix / December 3, 2007 4:08 AM PST
In reply to: and does anybody think

... but we can only wait and see what happens come 2012.

As for a "man of honor" ?

Political leadership and honor rarely, if ever, go together in reality... and the definition of "honor" is often changed to suit the time and place where it is invoked. When a leader invokes "honor", it almost always means someone is gonna end up holding the poop smeared end of the stick (and it rarely is the politician).

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Good and bad like most leaders, but
by Dan McC / December 3, 2007 4:29 AM PST

"reign of terror" hardly seems appropriate.


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According to my neighbor....
by Angeline Booher / December 3, 2007 7:02 AM PST

....... from Caracas, Venezuela, that statement is not inappropriate. His approach to handle political enemies is the same as by other despots.

His refusal to license the opposition media fits the mold.

As does his attempt to keep his "office", probably for life.

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While inappropriate, the
by Dan McC / December 3, 2007 7:48 AM PST

denial of media licensing hardly constitutes the reign of terror you allege.


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by dirtyrich / December 3, 2007 7:33 PM PST

but imprisoning opponents does. Why did you ignore the rest of her post?

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To add: the coalition that led the "No!"....
by Angeline Booher / December 3, 2007 7:51 AM PST

....... campaign was by students and the poor.

So much for what he does for the poor with those millions of oil revenues every day.

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(NT) hes the poor peoples champion:)
by jimandjerry / December 3, 2007 8:09 AM PST
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