• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • October 7, 2012: An Expiration Date for the Chávez Regime?

    Hugo Chavez

    Venezuela’s authoritarian populist President Hugo Chávez announced that presidential elections will take place on October 7, 2012. Chávez, who continues to battle an unspecified cancer, is convinced he will win. In office since 1999, Chávez argues he must have another six years in order to install Socialism of the 21st Century, i.e. a slightly modernized version of Cuban communism.

    Chávez remains the Western Hemisphere’s most active backer of Iran, the world’s most dangerous sponsor of terrorism. As Muammar Qadhafi’s No. 1 friend in the Americas, Chávez continues to side with the deposed Libyan tyrant and soul mate. He has extended similar support to Syria’s bloody leader, Bashar al-Assad. In his most recent outpouring, Chávez cast his current mission as fighting the “imperialistic madness” of the United States and “saving the world.”

    The electoral campaign will be arduous and unbalanced, with Chávez commanding powerful resources, the government machinery, and a muzzled media. Chávez and his followers already see themselves as preparing for the decisive battle for the future of Latin America. Their polarizing efforts will relentlessly seek to portray the opposition as a handful of turncoats linked with the “fascists” in the Republican Party. In the shadows lurk threats from senior Chavistas to overturn a defeat either by military intervention or employ “other methods of struggle.”

    Venezuela’s democratic opposition needs to know that the U.S. and the Obama Administration will to do all that is possible to ensure that the elections are “free and fair” and that it intends to employ active public and private diplomacy to sustain the democratic process and speak openly when rules are violated.

    There is also an urgent need for Congress, think tanks, nongovernmental organizations, human rights bodies, and ordinary citizens who care about the future of democracy in the Americas and around the globe to find ways to support the democratic opposition.

    What Venezuela desperately needs is a peaceful, democratic regime change—one that rejects global support for tyranny, ends endemic and unpunished criminality, and restores checks and balances, government transparency, rule of law, and the protection of individual rights.

    Posted in International [slideshow_deploy]

    One Response to October 7, 2012: An Expiration Date for the Chávez Regime?

    1. Bobbie says:

      Sometimes it seems there are different standings regarding democrat? democracy?

      Mr. Chavez has deprived the people of Cuba, human decency and respect for freedom. This type of leadership is all to common in the world, all need to be replaced for the good of humanity and for the good of personal intellect! May a good man replace this ugly one! God Bless the people of Cuba!

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.