Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Remembering the Legacy of Hugo Chavez
I see that Hugo Chavez has lost his long battle with cancer.
Venezuela’s government announced the death of President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday, ending 14 years of charismatic rule by the firebrand socialist but leaving his party firmly in control of the nation.
Vice President Nicolas Maduro’s voice broke several times and tears ran down his face as he appeared on national television to announce that Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time (3:55 p.m EST;1755 GMT) “after battling tough with an illness over nearly two years.”
And I for one will miss him, for he was quite a character, and quite a leader.
He spent billions on housing, education, and health care for his country's poor. He sent free oil to Cuba to help them cope with the brutal American embargo. And free oil to America to help the poor cope with winter.
Kennedy praised Chavez, CITGO and Venezuela as the only company and the only country that responded to his appeals for help to assist low-income households with their rising heating costs. “I don’t see Exxon responding. I don’t see other major oil companies heating the homes of the poor,” said Kennedy.
And most importantly he helped transform Latin America into the most left-wing region on earth, and break the hegemony of the United States.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter released a statement saying Chavez "will be remembered for his bold assertion of autonomy and independence for Latin American governments." "We came to know a man who expressed a vision to bring profound changes to his country to benefit especially those people who had felt neglected and marginalized," Carter wrote. "Although we have not agreed with all of the methods followed by his government, we have never doubted Hugo Chavez's commitment to improving the lives of millions of his fellow countrymen."
And when I saw this clip today, I had to laugh just as I did the first time...
For he was funny and he was right. Bush WAS a devil, who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.
Chavez wasn't perfect of course, he was a caudillo in the best tradition of Latin America. And caudillos and democracy as we know it, are not always the perfect fit.
But he was elected democratically, and loved by most of his people.The right-wingers who are celebrating today are the same ones who supported brutal fascist dictatorships from Guatemala to Argentina that tortured and murdered millions. So who are they to talk?
And who is Stephen Harper to lecture ANYONE on democracy?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper released a statement offering his condolences to Venezuela's citizens. "At this key juncture, I hope the people of Venezuela can now build for themselves a better, brighter future based on the principles of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights," the statement said.
When our would be Canadian caudillo is just a tool of Big Oil, who hated Chavez with a passion because he nationalized their oil fields.
Him and his Con thugs are muzzling our freedoms, wrecking our democracy, waging war on the poor, have no respect for the law or human rights.
Great Patriotic Leader is nothing but a boot licking stooge.
Who would do ANYTHING to please the Americans.
And nobody could ever accuse Hugo Chavez of doing that eh?
Yup. He was born in a mud hut, but rose to be quite the character on the world stage. He stood up for his country and his continent. He took on Big Oil, the corrupt businessmen of the Venezuelan opposition, and the CIA. He survived them all, and until the very end he was always larger than life.
And always laughing at those who would destroy him.
History will judge him far more kindly than it does Harper.
The poor people loved him.
And he will be remembered...
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