BBC NEWS | Americas | Rule by decree passed for Chavez:
"Venezuela's National Assembly has given initial approval to a bill granting the president the power to bypass congress and rule by decree for 18 months.
President Hugo Chavez says he wants 'revolutionary laws' to enact sweeping political, economic and social changes.
He has said he wants to nationalise key sectors of the economy and scrap limits on the terms a president can serve.
Mr Chavez began his third term in office last week after a landslide election victory in December."
All the lefties in the U.S. are defending this guy, as in "the people of Venezuela want Chavez", ignoring that he stole the elections, and that he is suppressing dissent, closing newspapers and hounding anyone who disagrees, just the stuff they accuse Bush of doing. But if Chavez actually does it, in the real world, he's a hero. Because he's a lefty. They don't really care about right and wrong, they just want total power. Anything they do to get it is right, anything that slows them down is wrong.