Venezuelans Have Had it with Hugo
Even though you control the media, have a strangelhold on the political system, and have more power than anyone else in the country doesn't necessarily mean the people like you.
Riot police used tear gas Wednesday to block hundreds of Venezuelans protesting the latest moves by President Hugo Chavez to concentrate his power. The demonstrators said a blacklist of opposition candidates and a series of socialist decrees are destroying what's left of their democracy.
Though the protest of about 1,000 people chanting "freedom!" was small compared to past marches, there is a growing public outcry over the sidelining of key government opponents ahead of state and local elections in November.
Chavez opponents also are outraged by 26 laws the president just decreed, some of them mirroring the socialist measures voters rejected in a December referendum.
"We said in the referendum that we didn't want that, and now he's put it in the decrees," said protester Josefina Bravo, a 59-year-old who wore a sticker reading "No means no" on her baseball cap. "That's the problem we have: All the powers are concentrated in the president."
The way I see it is that socialism, communism, fascism, totalitarianism, statism, and the hundred other parsings of meaning of too much government power is that all this is is a throwback to the days of feudalism. With these countries run by the government you have those in power telling everyone what they need to be doing. Hell, even what they should eat, where they can go for health care, what jobs they can have.
And the people of Venezuela are getting sick and tired of this authoritarian thug.
Will it matter? Probably not. But this is a start. Hopefully it will lead to something but I doubt it will lead to much.
They just don't have any power since it was all taken away from them. Chavez controls nearly everything in his country. How are the citizens of Venezuela supposed to defy him? Even when they did last year, voting in a referendum against Chavez's slate of laws, he's just decreed that they are laws now. Ipso facto, the people don't matter. They never do in socialist countries.