Separated at Birth: Harry Reid and Hugo Chavez

Two national leaders -- Harry Reid and Hugo Chavez -- are attempting to ram bills through the legislatures of their respective countries before newly elected representatives arrive next year. These bills are expressly contrary to the wills of their peoples and squarely in the fascist tradition.

Ah... he used the f-bomb (fascism) next to Harry Reid... Unfair, unfair, you say. How can you lump him with Chavez? Well... from the Associated Press:

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday asked congress to grant him special powers to enact laws by decree for one year, just before a new legislature takes office with a larger contingent of opposition lawmakers.

The measure would give the president the ability to bypass the National Assembly for the fourth time since he was first elected almost 12 years ago.

And from the Washington Times:

Forget about going quietly into the night.

Senate Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a broad agenda for an end-of-session sprint that otherwise could be a whole year's worth of activity — including an arms-reduction treaty with Russia, a major immigration reform bill and legislation overturning the ban on openly gay military service members.

That's not to mention the nearly 2,000-page, $1.1 trillion spending bill that contains hundreds of pork-barrel projects and new rules governing things such as airport baggage and the fate of detainees at the military prison at U.S. Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

"We're not through. Congress ends on Jan. 4," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat.

You don't have to be Orwell to see the similarities here. Goodbye, democracy. Hello, autocracy. In Reid's case, it's like giving the middle finger to the American people. What was the point in having that election November 2?