I'd be much more worked up over what's happening in Venezuela and the coming of President for Life Chavez aka "Permanent Majority Hugo," if we weren't living through the same sort of transformation in this country. From the pro-war WaPo:
The changes would create new forms of communal property, extend presidential terms from six to seven years and let Chavez seek re-election. If Chavez were to lose, he would be barred from running for re-election in 2012.
The reforms would also grant Chavez control over the Central Bank, allow his government to detain citizens without charge during a state of emergency, and empower him to redraw the country's political map and handpick provincial and municipal leaders.
The big difference is that we aren't getting the benefit of a referendum.
UPDATE: Chavez lost. This quote, which captures the essence of democracy, probably captures the reason why:
"I've voted for him every time before but not this time, I'm worried where this is headed," said Jonathan Machado, 25, a taxi driver in Barinas. "I want him to stay in office but on a leash."
Does anyone know how we can get people to use some of those leashes around here?