Pretty easy to keep winning elections when you have a gun to your head at the polls.
Yes the majority of the country being poor when he came into office needed a gun to their heads to want to change the way things were being run. Makes sense.
If there's one thing this administration preaches is a peaceful voting process that was applauded by other countries, including Spain; and we know how the King feels about Chavez.
A peaceful voting process which included a coup d'etat in 2002 to attempt to remove him from office, and then re-drafting the constitution to make it so that he would get re-elected? Sorry, but there's no way you can justify Chavez's limiting of freedom of the press and of speech, his redistributing wealth so that EVERYONE in the country is on government assistance instead of just the poor. No coincidence either that since Chavez took over, Caracas' murder rate has tripled (making it the most violent capital in Latin America aside from Haiti) and part of this is because of Chavez's police. Everything is politicized in the country there, and his first time supporters are even among the ones that are claiming his "Fifth Republic" movement is the same shit as the "Fourth Republic".
I don't want to drag this seriously dumb and completely off-topic debate in this thread any longer, but I'll be more than happy to split off a topic and move it to CE. This ain't the first time you and I have butted heads over this.
Yes, the coup d'etat was against him. Like I said, his administration hasn't attacked anyone. As far as limiting speech, most of the media outlets are controlled by the opposition. I don't see a problem with changing the constitution in 1999 which has strengthened citizen participation, and human rights. Right now Venezuela is the top democratic nation in Latin America. So things have changed from hearing the voice of a few to the voice of many, and that ruffles a few feathers. And since 1998, the Chavez has had 10 consecutive fair electoral victories. If the people want to see him get re-elected again, what's the big deal? No one gives a shit that Canada has no term limits. Now suddenly because Venezuela wants to do something similar, OMG DICTATOR? Come on. No to mention that you have old geezers in the Senate.
I'll stop here, you don't need to split this because we're obviously going to maintain with our stances. I know you dislike Chavez because you don't like what Castro did in Cuba and feel something similar will happen (in terms of free speech), but I disagree.
Time for some baseball.