"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Monday, August 22, 2005

Hurricane Hugo 

My goodness, but Hugo Chavez is a thorn in our side! There he is, hobnobbing with Fidel Castro, which is sure to make us cranky. Legend has it that he has been mucking about in the affairs of his neighbor states, which would be very naughty, if true. Clearly, he's not terribly fond of our current leadership, which would be a problem even if he wasn't sitting on huge oil reserves.

But the fact remains that he is the duly elected leader of his country, and apparently a very popular one at that. Only a year ago, he survived a recall election with a comfortable 59.2% of the vote - this in an election certified fair by the likes of the Carter Center and the OAS. Which is more than the Boy King can claim, by the way.

And so I find it especially appalling that a mainstream Republican (and noted man of God) like Pat Robertson would suggest - nay, state explicitly! - that we ought to have Hugo Chavez assassinated.

You know, that's just the sort of thing that leads some people to question our commitment to democracy. Go figure.




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