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    as long as he was democratically elected, anything he does cannot be critized? Is that what you are saying?

    "People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. They don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible." --J.R.

    by michael1104 on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 01:59:35 PM PDT

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    •  i don't know let me go read what i wrote (1+ / 0-)
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      funnily enough no - i didn't say that

      straw man argument - attack some non-sequitor

      the point is not whether he can be criticized for actions... the point is that there is some legitimacy argument in his being elected and therefore dictator megalomaniacal references are kinda off-point

      If no-one around you understands start your own revolution and cut out the middle man...

      by ResponsibleAccountable on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 02:14:28 PM PDT

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      •  dictator megalomaniacal references (0+ / 0-)

        speak to his policies and tendencies, which other comments here have shown are exactly that. Bringing up the fact that he was elected does not give people the right to shield criticism (which is exactly what some people are doing) nor does it mean that he does not have autocratic tendencies, which he does. Suppression of the media and opposition (regardless of who the opposition is comprised of), electoral shennanigans, and court packing are not the actions of a true democrat, they are the actions of an autocrat.

        Not to mention the kind of company he keeps. Saying he was democratically elected everytime someone criticized him is irrelevant. It doesn't matter how he got to power (and let's not forget Saint Chavez himself attempted a coup in 1992 of the democratically elected government), it is his policies and rhetoric that make people think he is a radical authoritarian.

        "People place their hand on the Bible and swear to uphold the Constitution. They don't put their hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible." --J.R.

        by michael1104 on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 02:19:47 PM PDT

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        •  name one country in the world (0+ / 0-)

          that doesn't keep bad company

          okay - you don't get a freebie with Scandanavian countries... try again

          we certainly fail that test... start with the countries ending in Stan

          If no-one around you understands start your own revolution and cut out the middle man...

          by ResponsibleAccountable on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:56:14 PM PDT

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