Where to begin with this charming post from AggiePundit?
Since he did so himself, I thought it'd be fun to engage his idiotic rant in a "U.S. vs. Venezuela" frame.
Point One: Aggie wants to know "How stupid are Venezuelans to have ever elected Hugo Chavez?"
I question labeling an entire nation's population as "stupid," but if that's the game we're playing, let's ask a more pertinent question: "How stupid are Americans to have elected George W. Bush, TWICE?!?" At least the Venezuelans had the cover of a deteriorating democracy that prompted them to gravitate to chavismo. We here in the States had eight years of economic prosperity, and relatively smooth government, that we chose to throw out the window for a guy it seemed we'd rather have a drink with (despite his alcoholism).
Point Two: Chavez is "a complete asshole and makes no pretense that he’s setting himself up to be the permanent dictator of Venezuela."
True. But I'd respond by pointing out that, in this sense, Venezuela has a more transparent government than the one running the U.S. "No pretense" is anathema to a Bush administration which has not been truthful in any of its dealings. Much rather have a leader who comes clean about his intentions, good or ill, than one who makes jokes to the public's face about how much he lies (especially in light of the tens of thousands of lives lost as a result of those lies).
Point Three: "It’s not like communism hasn’t been tried before – even in South American countries. Why have the Venezuelan people fallen for this crap?"
First of all, Chavez isn't a communist. Second, you already answered your own question: Venezuelans are stupid.
Point Four: "He’s largely supported by the poor, uneducated classes, which goes to show why I don’t care if we here in the US have low voter turnout. It just means that people who would cast uninformed votes – which is most people – aren’t bothering. And that’s a good thing."
Point Five: "It is tragic that the poor and uneducated can be manipulated into supporting someone like Chavez, who promises to equalize societal opportunity on their behalf through communism. It is a clear failure of the educational system in Venezuela that this guy has come to power."
A couple of things here. First, it clearly hasn't occurred to Aggie that perhaps the "poor and uneducated" haven't been manipulated into anything. Increased standards of living, greater funding for public welfare projects, and a leader who acts on behalf of his poor classes, are not promises, but fulfillment of promises. Second, I told you, it's not communism! Third, Aggie thinks the Venezuelan education system is a failure. A 97% literacy rate is hardly a failure. And while we're at it, if what Aggie is saying is true (and I don't think it is), than it would appear that Venezuela's educational system also produces a higher voter turnout rate than we enjoy in the U.S. Hmmmm......
Point Six: "Those of you who are educators in the US should take heed. Teach students why the US works as a constitutional republic, and why communism, socialism, plain dictatorships, and other forms of government have met with far less success than ours. And for God’s sake, teach people to be wary of politicians’ promises! Even (maybe especially!) the politicians you think are good people."
It so happens that I'm an educator in the U.S. I submit to Aggie that it's difficult to teach kids why the U.S. works as a constitutional republic when it clearly hasn't in recent years. I also ask Aggie how one defends the merits of the U.S. system to those that are disadvantaged by it. But that's a whole other story, best left to another time.
Also, if he's so concerned about it, why doesn't he become a teacher? I know of some exciting opportunities in the South Bronx...
Point Seven: "Back on Chavez," (Yes, back to Chavez!) "someone needs to plug him between the eyes for the good of Venezuela. I don’t normally advocate murder or assassination, but this is an exception."
See Point Four.
...and AggiePundit's a leftist. Our days are numbered when liberals start sounding like Pat Robertson.