Palast Interviews Hugo ChavezIt's all at The Progressive and it's a good smackdown:
Q: How do you respond to Bush’s charge that you are destabilizing the region and interfering in the elections of other Latin American countries?
Chávez: Mr. Bush is an illegitimate President. In Florida, his brother Jeb deleted many black voters from the electoral registers. So this President is the result of a fraud. Not only that, he is also currently applying a dictatorship in the U.S. People can be put in jail without being charged. They tap phones without court orders. They check what books people take out of public libraries. They arrested Cindy Sheehan because of a T-shirt she was wearing demanding the return of the troops from Iraq. They abuse blacks and Latinos. And if we are going to talk about meddling in other countries, then the U.S. is the champion of meddling in other people’s affairs. They invaded Guatemala, they overthrew Salvador Allende, invaded Panama and the Dominican Republic. They were involved in the coup d’état in Argentina thirty years ago.
Q: Is the U.S. interfering in your elections here?
Chávez: They have interfered for 200 years. They have tried to prevent us from winning the elections, they supported the coup d’état, they gave millions of dollars to the coup plotters, they supported the media, newspapers, outlaw movements, military intervention, and espionage. But here the empire is finished, and I believe that before the end of this century, it will be finished in the rest of the world. We will see the burial of the empire of the eagle.
He's right on the money. American empiracism and belligerence can not last much longer and I believe it'll crumble to dust between 2012 - 2018 simply because the Republicans have no interest in addressing the widening gap between the "haves" and "have-nots" and any solution by the Democrats will be too little, too late. Both parties are too compromised by Capitalism's dominion in our country. Thus, our current generation is on the precipice of not only witnessing their own "Great Depression" but also their own "Concentration Camp" moment as millions of poor, uninsured, jobless, former middle-class Americans are going to empower themselves by emerging from their imprisonment from within the alledged "safety" and "privacy" of their own homes and take it to the fucking streets.
(Tin Hat Tip: Brainers)