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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the same that has said “I hereby accuse the North American empire of being the biggest menace to our planet”, and “The U.S. throws stones to Latin America”, has acquired thousands of missiles from the Russian government to supposedly aid Venezuela in a conflict with Colombia. However, as reported by the Associated Press, Colombia and Washington deny having any plans to attack Venezuela, but Chavez argues they are plotting together a military offensive against Venezuela. He argues that the weapons accumulation is merely a precautionary measure.

With President Chavez’s long history of hate towards the USA, one has to wonder why our supposed friend Russia would provide him with such a weapons cache. And this is just a tip of the iceberg in that which Russia has provided Venezuela and is yet to provide in the future. They have in the past, since 2005, allowed Chavez to purchase 24 Sukhoi fighter jets, dozens of attack helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. And soon the Venezuelan President will be also acquiring Russian tanks. The Russian government has given him a $2.2 billion dollar line of credit in which Chavez can use to continue to purchase military arms.

This may be looking too far into it, but could Russia be arming this dictator for their own purposes? It seems like a substantial amount of weaponry for a battle with Colombia. There is no doubt that both have a distaste for the United States of America. Hugo Chavez himself has said, “We must tell the world, down with the U.S. empire.” And then with Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, being an ex-head of the KGB just before the fall of the soviet union calling the shots, who knows what the real intentions of these two countries are really. Here lately Russia has been siding with our enemies around the world more often than not, and like the old saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.”

Article cited:

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D9CEQGF82&show_article=1

Just a few articles about Russia siding with U.S. enemies (sometimes they side with the U.S. then turn around and do the opposite, like not wanting to impose further sanctions):

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2009/1110/p02s29-usfp.html

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-06/18/content_11558133.htm

http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/04/09/north.korea.russia.sanctions/index.html

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Here we go again, another enemy of the U.S. getting support from Russia to develop nuclear power. Except this time the country is much closer to our shores. Venezuela’s dictator, Hugo Chavez, said the other day that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin agreed to help Venezuela’s nuclear energy program during a meeting in Moscow last week. Of coarse Chavez stated that their goal of nuclear power is just for peaceful purposes and not to build a bomb. Isn’t that what both North Korea and Iran said? With North Korea threatening a third nuclear explosion test and Iran having enough low-enriched uranium to produce one nuclear weapon, stated by a senior U.S. diplomat in The Washington Post, one could only wonder what would happen if Chavez could get his hands on that same kind of material. What would he do with it? He claims that it would be for peace energy purposes, but with his hatred for the U.S. and its’ allies in South America one could only assume that he would use such power to inflict his will on all the countries around the region.

Also, what in the world is Russia up to? For the past eight years Russia has done a lot of supporting most of the U.S.’s enemies around the world. Supplying them with weapons that could help them in defending their countries against American attack or voting against U.S. led UN sanctions in the Security Counsel against countries like Iran. Not to mention Russia patrolling with nuclear-powered attack subs off our eastern seaboard. Why do they need to do that, if we are supposed to have a good diplomatic relationship? Do they want to go back to the way things were during the Cold War? Or are they planning something more sinister? One can only wonder.

References:

https://unconstrainedtruth.wordpress.com/2009/08/27/russia-secrets-lies-and-cover-ups/

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601086&sid=aElQ3UEU9eYM

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/sep/15/chavez-goes-for-nukes/

http://www.rferl.org/content/Russia_Backs_Iran_Over_Sanctions/1820551.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/world/05patrol.html?_r=4&partner=rss&emc=rss

Mark Lloyd, the newly appointed chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission has an interesting stance on freedom of speech indeed. Although Mark Lloyd has stated that he finds the Fairness Doctrine unnecessary, his comments and previous speeches and writings prove that he does in fact support the overall goals of the Fairness Doctrine though be it through a back door method. Mark Lloyd does in fact support more regulation, more taxes and fines, increased government intervention into the commercial media such as public radio, and more in which he believes asserts diversity. Such as in the Center for America Progress proposal co-authored by Mark Lloyd which said:

“. . . a spectrum use fee should be levied on owners to directly support local, regional, and national public broadcasting. A fee based on a sliding scale (1 percent for small markets, 5 percent for the largest markets) would be distributed directly to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting with clear mandates to support local news and public affairs programming and to cover controversial and political issues in a fair and balanced manner. We estimate that such a fee would net between $100 million and $250 million.”

Mark Lloyd’s more popular public stance is one in which he praises Hugo Chavez. He praises the way that he took over the media and controlled what was once ran by the people of his nation. Lloyd calls Chavez “incredible” and “dramatic.” So, I guess Mark Lloyd is saying he approves of Hugo Chavez forcing private media out of business? It would appear that way. He has made his opinions very clear and even put them into writing as recently as 2006 in his book Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America. In that book Lloyd reveals his opinion of the First Amendment (our freedom of speech) by stating this:

“It should be clear by now that my focus here is not freedom of speech or the press. This freedom is all too often an exaggeration. At the very least blind references to freedom of speech or press serves as a distraction from the critical examination of other communication policies. The purpose of free speech is warped to protect global corporations and block rules [by the government], fines, and regulations, that would promote democratic governance.”

Unbelievable! You see, not only does he not hold freedom of speech in any high esteem, but he seeks to do away with it to promote democratic governance. This should alarm you no matter who you are. This isn’t a matter of bipartisanship, it is a matter of telling you what to think. It is a matter of telling you what you can and cannot know. It is EXACTLY the same thing that Hugo Chavez has done in Venezuela, the same that Mark Lloyd has praised.

Now, I hate to be the barer of bad news, but this is yet another communist “czar” being put in the White House. Is there anyone else who thinks this is just a little suspicious that all these people being put in are fans of socialism or communism? There are more; John Holdren, Van Jones, and Mark Lloyd are just a couple that I have touched on. I have a great deal of concern for the future of our ability to voice our opinions. I have a great deal of concern for the future of our freedom as a whole. Media has such a big way of reaching out and forming community with others, no matter what your political opinion is, it should never be silenced.

Resources:

Prologue to a Farce: Communication and Democracy in America by Mark Lloyd

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysqsa_TeLys

http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/53195

http://www.newsmax.com/ernest_istook/obama_pelosi_/2009/08/17/248656.html

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=106808

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