Hugo Chavez in Venezuela is trying to grab even further political power in Venezuela and turn the country into a single-party state.
The hard-left president is forming a single socialist party from elements of his various supporters and he intends to use it to dominate the country’s politics.
The new entity is called the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and the speed and intensity of his plan to form it has unnerved even some of his most liberal supporters. You’ll recall that Chavez is strongly admired by Cindy Sheehan and her “Code Pink” and anti-war friends here in the US.
Chavez, in turn, is an admirer of the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and wants to emulate the one-party totalitarian system Castro installed more than forty years ago.