I entirely understand your frustration, and feel the same about my countrymen very often. But I think we ought to cut Venezuelans some slack. For starters, it's hard to tell even if the result was fair or not. Not only that, but Chávez run an unparalleled intimidation campaign against the opposition, complete with gunmen shooting oppositionists even as they cast their votes. The destruction of the secret vote no doubt intimidated all civil servants (and also people who depend on the government one way or another), and so by this simple maneuver Chávez guaranteed a huge chunk of the electorate. No doubt, many Venezuelans are idiots. But this wasn't their free and democratic decision. It was the result of intimidation, threats, and a vastly unequal struggle. If anything, I congratulate the 45% of Venezuelans who risked their necks to say NO MORE.