By Steven T. Jones
Like many Americans concerned about this country's imperial ways, I was thrilled to hear Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez denounce  U.S. President George Bush during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. It was biting, funny, insightful , and right on target. The cowardly Democrats are unwilling to really go after our truly dangerous leader, so it was refreshing to hear someone use an official lectern in this country to tell it like it is. And besides, despite the ridiculous denunciations of Chavez that have followed, Bush has been just as harsh with Chavez and other world leaders without being so roundly denounced for his lack of decorum and diplomacy.
But I was once again embarassed by our congressional representative, Nancy Pelosi, for joining the rhetorical lynch mob , and for the utterly ridiculous reduction of a head of state and the leader of the Latin American left to an "everyday thug." As we approach the mid-term elections, Democrats should be demonstrating than they're something other that the cowardly and unimaginative "me too" syncophants that much of the country suspects them of being. I'm beginning to fear that under Pelosi, the Democrats will never be anything more than has-beens and back-benchers, content to fiddle for spare change while the empire burns. It's sad.