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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Chavista Tyranny on the March

Chavista tyranny is on the march in Latin America.

Peru's embryonic democracy hangs in the balance.

Chavista Ollanta Humala, donning a business suit and tie and nice smile, but without overt Chavez endorsement this time unlike in the 2006 presidential race, appears bound for victory in the the second round on June 15. It is more probable given the poor choices for Peruvians.

The wolf in sheep's clothing may fool his fellow countrymen, but outside observers have seen this act before in Bolivia, almost in Honduras, and in Ecuador.

Electing those with dictatorial inclinations and a rabid ideology, already dooming Venezuela (and has already sunk Cuba), is usually not a good idea at all. He promises to reform the Peruvian constitution, just like Evo Morales in Bolivia, Rafael Correa in Ecuador, and almost like Mel Zelaya in Honduras.

Funny, the ''reform'' always seems to leave the Chavista in power for life.

The certain death of freedom in Peru and loss of another US ally in the region are one election away.

The elected Chavista dictators have not all had smooth roads to totalitarianism.

From aiding and abetting (including border refuge) Colombian FARC narcoterrorists, to roughing up his opposition, Rafael Correa's reign in Quito has had its fits and starts.

His melodramatic ''coup'' lie last year only follows the Chavista playbook that opponents are always out to assassinate them so this provides an automatic excuse to take away more freedom from the people.

Today, Correa's Diez Preguntas (10 Questions) apparently won a 57% SÍ from the people.

This is one of the most disheartening aspects of the Chavista agenda - winning at the ballot box that which could never be won as rebels in the field not so long ago.

The ''consulta nacional'' (national referendum) is a complete assault on the Ecuadoran constitution, market economics, and freedom.

The ''10 Questions" (en español) are laced with Chavista-charged language including attacks on private enterprise, ''reform of the judicial system'' especially detentions (...hmmm) and of course ''excesses'' by the press or telling the truth.

A free and independent (yes, that means privately-owned) press is a big obstacle to tyrants.

From Argentina where Cristina has relentlessly raged against media giant Clarin, to Bolivia where Evo Morales cowardly hid behind a supposed anti-racism law to muzzle the press, to Venezuela where Chavista goons have violently attacked Globovision's station, it is patently obvious the press must be ''reformed'' for tyranny to advance.

In wake of Correa's victory (and defeat for the country), Ecuador will be poorer, less free, and driven into greater despair by his Chavista schemes.

Dark clouds rumble on Latin America's horizon.

Given the corruption charges have been dropped against Chavista Mel Zelaya (ousted in Honduras for clumsily trying what Correa and Morales have pulled off), he could return and create mischief.

Honduras successfully fought off a Chavista coup - for now.

For Argentina, Bolivia, and Ecuador, the people opened the door to their tyrants. It is too late for them.

Peru has one last choice even a poor one to escape the Chavista mantle.

Will freedom triumph over fear?
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