The Venezuelan president had a few words to say
during a recent television broadcast:
Also part of the verbal marathon: A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a case involving "eminent domain."
That is a concept enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of all 50 U.S. states which allows the government to take private property for a public use, on payment of compensation.
"That just shows you," he said, "that the right to property is not absolute even in the home of capitalism."
Redistribution of land to state-backed farm cooperatives is a key element in Chavez's reforms plans for Venezuela. The opposition says land reform brings Venezuela closer to the model of Cuba, whose leader Fidel Castro is a close ally.