I wrote this back in January. Having watched how things have gone at an accelerated pace since then, it seems even more relevant today and for our future. Another four years with President Obama could well further a transition of the United States to a dictatorship much as Venezuela has been changed under el Presidente Chávez.
President Obama ain’t no el Presidente Chávez. Yet.
But what if he gets another four years in office
and a compliant Congress?
When el Presidente Chávez took office in 1999, he began only slowly to implement his “reforms.” To a casual observer, few changes were apparent in Venezuela between 1997 when my wife and I first arrived and late 2001 when we left, probably never to return. We had a few concerns about the future of the country under Chávez but they were low on our list of reasons not to buy land and build our home in the state of Merida, up in the Andes. Mainly, we wanted to continue sailing and Merida is inconveniently far from an ocean.
Chávez’ initiatives increased dramatically in number and in magnitude only when he was well into his seemingly endless terms in office. Maybe he had heard the story of the frog…
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