First things first

The election results in Venezuela don't look good. Apparently, people down there are willing to vote away their freedom.

In what was probably a harbinger of things to come, the eve of the election appears to have been punctuated by government-backed anti-Semitism:

Police raided Venezuela's main Jewish social club on the eve of a national referendum.

The raid on La Hebraica late Saturday night occurred just hours before Venezuelans went to the polls to decide on constitutional changes proposed by President Hugo Chavez. The raid was seen as a provocation against the Jewish community, which is almost unanimously opposed to Chavez, a major ally of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and his leftist reforms.

The police raid took place as 900 Jews enjoyed an all-night wedding party at the nearby Union Israelita synagogue in Altamira, an upscale suburb of Caracas.

According to sources, members of the police unit that investigates drug-trafficking and terrorism broke the main gate of La Hebraica in the middle of the night, allegedly looking for weapons and explosives.
Officers searched the premises but found nothing, the sources said.

Great. So Venezuelans are voting away their freedom to give near-dictatorial powers to an anti-Semite whose pal Ahmadinejad has promised to wipe Israel off the map.

Do people ever learn?

MORE (12/03/07): Wow, am I ever glad to have been wrong!

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Humbled by his first electoral defeat ever, President Hugo Chavez said Monday he may have been too ambitious in asking voters to let him stand indefinitely for re-election and endorse a huge leap to a socialist state.

"I understand and accept that the proposal I made was quite profound and intense," he said after voters narrowly rejected the sweeping constitutional reforms by 51 percent to 49 percent.

Opposition activists were ecstatic as the results were announced shortly after midnight - with 88 percent of the vote counted, the trend was declared irreversible by elections council chief Tibisay Lucena.

Some shed tears. Others began chanting: "And now he's going away!"

This is wonderful news.

posted by Eric on 12.02.07 at 08:13 PM


The Jews need to flee NOW. We learned this lesson in the thirties. And our military needs to update those "invade South America" plans too.

I am dead serious.

Phelps   ·  December 2, 2007 9:09 PM

In response to your question:


People NEVER learn.

John S.   ·  December 2, 2007 9:13 PM

The Venezuelan Jewish community is I hate to say it, largely composed of insular, arrogant fools. I know many of them and believe me other Latin Jews are not all that fond of them either. Like any intelligent Latin, no matter what ethnic or religious background, those with money have long have had substantial portions of their wealth overseas. They have stayed as long as their businesses have provided them with decent incomes. Instead of emigrating when they were younger and more able too adapt an assimilate in a new country they dithered and in the end those in their 40's and 50's will never be able to make the full adaptation and they will lose a great deal and their children who could have grown up here well integrated will have a harder time of it as well. There is a huge difference in living off one's savings and investments and living off the cash flow of a business income. I see a new swell of new buyers in Weston and in South Florida. At least the Argentinians brought in a number of great steakhouses. Incidentally more Argentinians will be comming as they also elected a socialist president who in fine tradition will once again ruin that economy.

Unlike Castro, Chavez has never really hidden what he is and what he intends to do if left alone to his devices. The Jews there know him for what he is and that they have stayed is a testament to the power of self-delusion. White South Africans should also take note and start bailing while they can. It's 15 years at most to Zimbabwe. The next president after Mbeke will make him look like a rocket scientist, the train is slowly leaving the station and will soon gather speed. Next stop will be in Mugabeville.

cubanbob   ·  December 3, 2007 1:03 AM

Not so fast, looks like he lost. What happened, Jimmeh Carter not available for poll watching?

Kevin in MN   ·  December 3, 2007 1:59 AM

"Carter not available for poll watching?"

agreed he should have been there, me thinks the anti-chavez big oil and biz rigged this vote, next will be another cia sponsored coup.

jugger   ·  December 3, 2007 10:55 AM

Chavez's vanity got in his way. he won't make that mistake again and no jugger big oil had nothing to do with it, Venezuela has a state owned oil company and all the top management and down are now his people.
Perhaps the people had a moment of sanity and realized when you give a would be dictator the opportunity to be a dictator for life, he will run with it and be a dictator for life.
Funny thing is those who always accuse Bush, big oil, big business the CIA etc of being evil doers always support the real life evil doers like Castro, Saddam, little Kim and so on.

cubanbob   ·  December 3, 2007 11:57 AM

Looks like the people didn't vote away the freedom of the citizens.
That's one difference between the people of Venezuela and the last 6 years of the US Congress.

Robert   ·  December 3, 2007 12:41 PM


You write as if Bush, big oil, big business, the CIA, etc aren't real life evil doers.


Robert   ·  December 3, 2007 12:43 PM

"Funny thing is those who always accuse Bush, big oil, big business the CIA etc of being evil doers always support the real life evil doers like Castro, Saddam, little Kim and so on."

So is this an example of a "classic values" conservative's command of logic that's are going to end the culture war?

Just wondering...

R.Mutt   ·  December 3, 2007 1:04 PM

100 million stinking corpses don't register on your evil-o-meter, Robert? I guess the stench has somewhat subsided.

nobody important   ·  December 3, 2007 3:46 PM

I cannot tell you had glad I am that you were wrong. But the anti-Semitism stuff is frightening. Not surprising, though I didn't know about that. Not surprising as socialists have historically been anti-Semitic. I've been posting about Chavez for quite a while now. Unfortunately, though, we won't get rid of him personally until 2012.

Dr. Troy Camplin   ·  December 3, 2007 4:32 PM

In the 40's people fled to America to escape authoritarianism. Where will American's flee once robert's vision of good government finishes off individual liberty here?

Brett   ·  December 3, 2007 11:36 PM

In the United States the Jewish vote has always gone to the Democrats. In our last Federal election 87% of the Jewish vote went to the Democrats. Jews have always been one of the rock solid bases of the modern Democratic Party

John Ryan   ·  December 4, 2007 12:01 PM

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