Where’s Jimmy Carter Now?

April 24, 2013

Jimmy Carter validated the election of Hugo Chávez when he became president of Venezuela in 1998, playing a part in condemning the country to 15 years of misery under the dictator’s rule.

Now that Chávista standard-bearer Nicolás Maduro has defeated challenger Henrique Capriles by a margin of just 1.6% (about 250,000 votes), the former leader of the free world has been silent about the outcome.  Nothing has been posted on The Carter Center’s Web site.

Keeping in mind that Chávez shut down all of the media in Venezuela not controlled by the state, it’s entirely possible that Maduro won the popular vote, but that’s not what challenger Henrique Capriles claims.

However, Reuters reported that, according to opposition sources, Capriles won by more than 300,000 votes.  They reported evidence of 3,200 election day irregularities, ranging from use of fake IDs to intimidation of volunteers at polling centers.

So what does Jimmy Carter think?

While there are conflicting media reports that an audit of the votes will take place, it’s up to Venezuela’s Supreme Court to decide the outcome, even if an audit were to show that Capriles won.  The Supreme Court is not about to overturn the election results.

In true democracies, vote fraud lands a person in jail.  In Venezuela, it gives a person unlimited power.

If Jimmy Carter were to comment on the election, it would not be surprising if he were to overlook any signs of fraud.  After all, the former president last year said of Venezuela’s balloting system, “Of the 92 elections that we've monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world."  You can read all about it in Al Jazeera.

To get a better idea of the former president’s thoughts on Chávez, consider what he said after the dictator’s death.  Former President Carter referred to Chávez as a man “who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized.  Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chávez's commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen.”

Really.  “Profound changes,” no doubt, but does anyone really believe he was committed to improving the life of anyone other than Hugo Chávez?

And you thought Joe Kennedy was a shill for the Communist dictator.

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