From the Cheap Seats: Carter Cheers Hugo Chavez for “Best in the World” Democracy

October 4, 2012

BETTER THAN US: Former President Jimmy Carter says the elections system administered by Venezeulan dictator Hugo Chavez is “the best in the world”

Ol’ Jimmuh is back at it.  The man who gave the world a radicalized Iran, the president who let Americans rot in Tehran for 444 days and, perhaps worst of all, singlehandly made Ted Koppel a household name, is putting his acumen on display again.

Yup, in a twofer, Carter has declared that the elections system in Venezuela, which has the nasty habit of preserving the power of dictator Hugo Chavez, is the “best in the world,” all while slamming the First Amendment.

Give him credit. Ol’ Jimmuh might not be the biggest peanut in the shell, but he’s still a peanut in a world of cashews.

Carter likes Venezuela’s touch-screen system that uses thumbprint recognition and prints off a receipt to confirm voters’ choices.

Smart voters, the kind who like to be around to vote in the next election, make sure that their receipts show votes for Chavez, of course, but Carter daintily overlooks that small issue. Ballot secrecy schmecrecy.

And that darned freedom of speech, so cherished in the United States, is actually a hindrance, according to Carter.

“We have one of the worst election processes in the world, and it’s almost entirely because of the excessive influx of money,” Carter said. In Carter’s world no one would dare disagree with him.

In any case, Carter, as usual, ignores maxim that matter, as expressed by a person with a similar approach to the world of politics, one Josef Stalin, who told his pals one day, “I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.”

Ol’ Jimmuh wants you to look at the slick touch screens so you don’t pay attention to who is counting the “votes” that already have been “counted” by his buddies in power.

And that’s just, pardon the term, nuts.

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