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Off The Grid News

December 23, 2010 14:58 ET

Satirical Piece on Santa Claus's Aim for Rule by Decree Conjures Up Images of South American Dictator According to Latest OffTheGridNews.com Article

THOMSON, IL--(Marketwire - December 23, 2010) - In what can be read as a humorous little holiday piece about a good man gone bad the most recent satirical article published by OffTheGridNews.com entitled "Santa Claus Seeks Legal Authority to Rule by Decree" conjures up a few images outside of jolly Saint Nick.

Of course the timing of the article comes just days after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was granted special powers by the country's parliament that will allow him to pass laws by decree. Chavez will need no support from congress during the 18 months he has this authority, a period of time that many of his critics believe he will use to strengthen his grip.

The OTGN article portrays a desperate Santa calling on the "Upper Arctic National Assembly" to "grant him broad powers to rule by decree for the next thirteen months" due to weak holiday sales. Chavez has argued his rule by decree is to fast-track relief to the Venezuelan people who have recently suffered from devastating floods and landslides

Not to be lost on the reader of the article is U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley pointing out the man in red has "asked the Upper Arctic National Assembly for decree powers twenty-four times in the last six hundred years." It was Crowley who recently told reporters that Chavez has asked for authority to rule by decree four times in twelve years.

U.S. criticism of Claus in the article is stern as Homeland Security Deputy Secretary, Jane Holl Lute, warns "granting broad decree powers to someone, like Claus, with direct access to every living room with a Christmas tree, is simply unacceptable," a sentiment she expressed about Chavez's request.

In response to the criticism Santa Claus retorts "You want to say that to my beard? The American empire is afraid, not just of my omnibus present drop, but of the very idea of Christmas itself..." Santa's diatribe fits Chavez so well the dictator may consider growing a beard just so he can use it the next time he speaks at the UN.

Of course it wouldn't be a good satirical piece without Claus's outrage being summed up by his better half, Mrs. Claus, simply stating "He gets this way sometimes." It seems the world has grown use to Chavez doing the same thing; unfortunately Mrs. Claus's solution for Santa, "a big, warm mug of milk," may not do the trick for Chavez.

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