Despite being labeled a "threat to democracy" by the Bush administration, Venezuela appears to be developing healthy democratic institutions.
Voting rights for the poor....That's one of those socialist ideas the Bush administration is trying to do away with so the US can have real democracy.
A vigorous local press now frequently lambastes Chavez, berating him for buying billions of dollars in weapons from Russia or accusing him of giving away huge quantities of oil to foreign allies. Newspapers run the gamut of political opinion.
Voter registration has risen sharply, the government says, as it brings people -- often poor -- into the political system who never before exercised their right to vote.