RE: [OPE] Venezuela is the most democratic country in Latin America

Date: Thu Feb 19 2009 - 11:29:44 EST

> The problem is rather what happens if the tables are turned; if the

> right-wing parties come into power through elections?



Dave Z:


If the right-wing comes to power in Venezuela, the issue for the

working class and the poor will not be whether there are or are not

term limits. The issue will be whether they will live or die since a

victory by the right-wing would surely mean a bloodbath, state-

sponsored right-wing terrorism, and police death squads.


> Or if the present officials gradually drift into a state aristocracy,

> which is the general rule of parliamentarism.


Then, they can be voted out of office.


Compare how term limits were ended in Venezuela vs. the USA.

In Venezuela, there was what every reputable international observer

found to be an open and fair voting process by the people.

In New York City, term limits - which were twice voted for by the

people - were overturned by the City Council. THAT was undemocratic.

It's one of the many reasons why there is more democracy *in practice*

in Venezuela than in the USA.


In solidarity, Jerry

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