Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Chile's Bachelet Pleased With Approval Ratings

Michelle Bachelet, Chile's first women President, joins the ranks of popular socialist leaders in Latin America alongside Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales. Polls released today show Bachelet with an impressive approval rating of 72%. Bachelet has been on the forefront of resurrecting Chile from its horrific situation under Dictator Augusto Pinochet. She has introduced new social security, health care, and other public good programs.

Of all of Latin America's important anti-imperialist leaders, Ms. Bachelet is undoubtedly the most heroic. During the early days of his administration, Salvador Allende, Chile's first socialist President, appointed her father as the Director of Food Distribution. After the U.S.-backed coup against the democratically elected Allende administration, military dictator Augusto Pinochet imprisoned her entire family. For months, Pinochet's secret police tortured the Bachelets and killed their father. Eventually, the surviving family members escaped and were exiled to Australia. Pinochet continue to rip down the social programs that Allende had established and set up Milton Friedman's neo-fascist dystopia. After returning to Chile in 1979 she set up a foundation to help the victims of Pinochet's reign of terror. Twenty-seven years later she was elected the first female President of Chile.

A hero by any measure. Did I mention that she is single? I found my dream lady.