The fact that the party of the late Hugo Chavez lost two-thirds of the seats in Venezuelaâ€™s congress puts a lie to the canard that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as created by Chavez is some kind of dictatorship, a nasty bit of propaganda long pushed by the US mainstream press.
For BBC, I covered Venezuela elections. There, they count the votesâ€”unlike in the Third World dictatorships of Florida and Ohio.
I know the leader of the opposition, Julio Borges, just as I knew Chavez and the current President Nicolas Maduro.
Borges is no right-wing fascist. Itâ€™s important to note that the opposition did not run against Chavez or his legacies and policies. Rather they ran against aÂ sclerotic government, too long in office, petty corruptionâ€”and the crushing reality of oil income cut by more than half.
Chavez is gone but Chavismo lives despite the crying and moaning of the world financial elite.
Ironically, Chavezâ€™ socialist party is the victim of the success of its policies: young people, who did not know the crushing poverty and hopelessness that reigned before Chavez, are now college grads, clamoring to maintain the middle-class lives theyâ€™ve come to expect.
Chavez would be pleased with the triumph of the real democracy he created.
In honor of this affirmation of democracy, our foundation will offer a free download of “The Assassination of Hugo Chavez.”
And next year, may democracy return to the USA.