Saturday, October 15, 2005

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USA and opposition kooks can't grasp what Chavez tells them ... in good faith! commentarist Arthur Shaw writes: Dr. Susan Kaufman Purcell, director of the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami testified, September 28, 2005, before the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere of the US House International Relations Committee.
The congressional hearing turned into a mini-festival of anti-Venezuela propaganda. Only US haters of Venezuela were invited to testify by the subcommittee.
Dr. Purcell predictably repeated the main line of attack and slander of the US capitalist media and of US imperialist state under the American dictator George W. Bush against President Hugo Chavez.
Here's Dr. Purcell's formulation of the lie and the slander that has become more or less a standard or a stable in US imperialist propaganda operations, especially after the Bush regime and its venal and servile Venezuelan quislings failed in April 2002 to permanently overthrow democracy in Venezuela.

"Chavez then decided to use the electoral system to win the presidency and subsequently used democratic rules of the game to concentrate ever more power in his own hands.
Civilian coups, whether engineered by autocratic populist opposition leaders or incumbent presidents who use democratic processes to undermine democracy, constitute serious challenges for the future of democracy in Latin America and for U.S. policy."

It seems to be a good idea to talk about the various sources of the democratic rules which Dr. Purcell says President Chavez uses undemocratically.
First, there is the inflamed US conceit that its political institutions and its electoral processes are the model of democracy and any departure from them in any way or to any degree constitutes a breach of the democratic ideal.

rest of article here

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