Hugo Chavez is well on his way now. A while back we discussed how this socialist dictator is taking his steps down the same road so many others have troden before. Now it seems he has leaped several spaces ahead on the old "Dictator Pursuit" board game and has now decided that free speech is a major annoyance and needs to just be done away with, post haste.
"They hide behind a supposed freedom of speech," says Hugo, "I don't care what the oligarchs of the world say. We've shown that we aren't authoritarian or arbitrary.''
We spied on Chavez's to do list. Here is what we found:
"A. Blame everything on the media
B. Tell everyone that it's not my fault, I'm the good guy. Call them names."
So far so good...sounds pretty standard. Oh wait! What's this?
"C. Shut down the television stations that oppose me. Maybe jail them."
Ooohh. Not good H. Eliminate free speech. Not good. Oh wait, there's more...
"D. Pick up dry cleaning and milk."
Now before any of you wanna be lefties and mini-socialist who really have no idea what you want go nuts- remember this is the first step towards eliminating free speech altogether. Sure you could say that he isn't really trying to get rid of free speech, he's just not renewing contracts. Riiggghht. Just not renewing the contracts of those media outlets that disagree with him. Yes, they are first, but others will come. In this country we hope that multiple voices are out there, we reserve the right to respond to them and engage them when necessary to explain and put forth our own point of views. But, Hugo? Not Hugo!
So sez the wannabe Che:
"We can't keep giving concessions to a group of people who use television stations against us. Every day they broadcast messages of hate, of disrespect toward institutions, of doubt among us, rumors, psychological war to divide the nation."
Look, Hugo baby- just chill! Back home we call that CNN.
A shepherd must tend his flock. And at times... fight off the wolves.