Dr. Yaron Brook writes in his most recent (May 4, 2007) press release titled, “Chavez Steals American Property, Bush Does Nothing”:
Irvine, CA–On Tuesday president Hugo Chavez forced ConocoPhillips, Chevron, and Exxon Mobil to cede operational control over their multi-billion dollar projects to the Venezuelan government. With their backs to the wall, these oil companies are “negotiating” the terms of their surrender, and trying to get some “compensation” for the property being stolen from them.
“President Bush should do something to protect the assets of American companies in Venezuela,” said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. “It is disgraceful that while Chavez steals American property Bush says nothing and does nothing.”
“At a minimum,” Dr. Brook said, “Bush should denounce Chavez’s nationalization of private businesses as a form of robbery and cut U.S. diplomatic relationships with Venezuela.”
Well, you get no arguments here but honestly, Dr. Brook, you are not going to get any action by this president. Of course he should denounce it. But this is an evangelical, born again, religious mystic at the helm….. all bets are off.
This is outrageous but is yet another example of George W. Kumbayah’s approach to everything; an appeal to the unreal. The only thing this lame duck will do with regard to Chavez is to call for hope and prayers that the leader of Venezuela will come to his senses… One wonders what ‘sense’ that would be?
For another example of this incredible phenomena, one need go no further than the President’s most recent radio address to the nation where he stated, “I call on all Americans to pray for the victims of these recent storms.” The call to national prayer was in response to the tornadoes that devastated parts of the plains recently(article link). Of course, for those directly affected, it is a terrible and devastating event – but please, we are not all going to take 5 days off and assemble in Kansas to help rebuild those towns.
Excuse me, Mr. President, but where the beejeebers were you the day before the storms hit? If you’re going to appeal to the all-knowing, all-seeing, omnipotent supreme being for help you might want to consider doing so in the hours before the predicted storms hit! Good grief, why is it that the holier than thou amongst us come forward in full-on national grief management proclaiming collective sorrow-with calls for prayer-AFTER disaster strikes. Disaster, by the way, most certainly within the realm of control by a being who, according to their code, created the heavens and the earth in a 6 day period. The answer is clear: if they did this before the event they would be criticized on the basis of instituting a nationalized form of religion in a country premised upon the separation of church and state. So, it’s Ok after the fact but wrong prior? Yup..
Frankly, I have heard just about enough of George W. Kumbayah.