In the last ten years and since being a student, I've watched in horror as a democracy became a dictatorship. The actions in Venezuela came swiftly, as the pig-faced dictator Hugo Chavez remade the apparatus of democratic national government (government of/by/for the people) into a self-serving edifice (he is the government, and press is for him). It's frightening - the stories almost read like fictional doomsday serials, but they're true, and we've been a captive audience.
Our leaders must be vigilant. Said Norman Mattoon Thomas: "The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But underthe name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened."
Venezuela police raid opposition broadcaster
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CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Police and soldiers on Thursday raided a property belonging to the head of Venezuela's only anti-government news network amid a growing confrontation between the station and President Hugo Chavez's government.
Broadcast regulators are investigating Globovision for inciting "panic and anxiety" by criticizing the government for its slow response to a moderate earthquake earlier this month. Globovision is Venezuela's only remaining anti-Chavez television station on the open airwaves.
Chavez warned private media last week that they're "playing with fire." He specifically targeted Globovision director Alberto Federico Ravell, calling him "a crazy man with a cannon."