Letter: Populist leader damaged nation by trying to win over the masses

March 24, 2013 

I found an article by The Associated Press in the March 9 Herald to be very interesting. The article was about the leader of a country. This leader polarized his nation between the mostly lower classes who followed him almost blindly and the opposition that despised what they said was his autocratic bearing, intolerance for dissent and mismanagement of the economy.

This man did a lot of damage because he always tried to win over the masses, and indeed this is a very populist government that gives things away to people, passing out money without work being done. Sound familiar? Here is the alarming part. The article was about the recently deceased dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.

As Paul Harvey always said, "Self-government without self-control will not work." Think about it.

JIM BAILIE, Pasco

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