Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Reinforcing Republican myths about liberal Godlessness

by Ken Houghton

This morning, a legally-elected leader of a free country used the language of religion in discussing U.S. actions:
"The devil came here yesterday," Chavez said, referring to Bush's address on Tuesday and making the sign of the cross. "He came here talking as if he were the owner of the world."

The Republican Slime Machine was immediately out in force, lying about his record:
Ambassador John Bolton told The Associated Press that Chavez had the right to express his opinion, adding it was "too bad the people of Venezuela don't have free speech."

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Saying Chavez is a freely-elected leader of a free country is one step short of citing the fact that over 99% of Iraqis consistently voted to re-elect Saddam Hussein. Venezuela is headed in a very ugly direction.

My feelings about Bush are closer to Chavez's POV than Bolton's, but let's not mince words here: Chavez is a dictator in a country where freedom is disintegrating. His ouster wouldn't bother me one bit.
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