It’s official. In a ceremony fit for a dictator, Citgo Chavez took his oath of office for the last time earlier today. No, Citgo isn’t going to be term-limited out of office, he’s just going to end the game of political charades he’s been playing and simply declare Venezuela a socialist state. Now maybe all the Venezuelans can sleep at night knowing that their military is keeping their eye on them.

Chavez has chosen to steer clear of the tried and true benefits of capitalism, and embrace socialism instead. With the help of his friends in Africa and Iran, I suspect that he will have much success with it too. Unfortunately for us, here in America, Citgo and company will probably to be able to manipulate the price of oil by way of production slow downs whenever they feel the urge to pull our political chain.

In an effort to convince the thousands of supporters on hand today that socialism is the righteous path for Venezuela to travel, Citgo claimed that Christ was the greatest socialist in history. Now I’m not sure whether or not Jesus was a socialist, and I’m not even going to speculate about it, but what I do know is that Jesus wouldn’t be pouring his oil revenues into AK-47 factories, confiscating privately owned companies for the government, or threatening the Catholic Church with “confrontation? if they don’t get in his corner.

There are a couple of things that we can all be thankful for though; Citgo is 53 now, and nobody lives for ever.

USA Today — President Hugo Chavez echoed Fidel Castro’s cry of “socialism or death” as he was sworn in for a new six-year term on Wednesday, promising to accelerate Venezuela’s transformation into a socialist state.

Chavez took the oath of office at the National Assembly after a sweeping re-election victory that has given him free reign to pursue more radical changes, including plans to nationalize power and telecommunications companies.

His right hand raised, Chavez declared: “Fatherland, socialism or death — I swear it,” invoking the Cuban leader’s famous call to arms.

Chavez also alluded to Jesus, saying: “I swear by Christ — the greatest socialist in history.”

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