As Barak Obuma Rages, the People of Venezuela Mourn Their Hero
|The Crowds Mourn|
|Supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez across the Americas mourn his death.|
Barak Obama, the Uncle Tom President of the United States who has faithfully represented the interests of the white ruling class against those who voted for him, found it impossible to express even a word of condolence to the Venezuelan people on the dead from cancer of their four time elected President, Hugo Chavez.
As today’s crowds demonstrate, Chavez was wildly popular in Venezuela, much to the chagrin of Obama and the United States. On hearing of his death Obama said that ‘”At this challenging time the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government.’
|Chavez and Fidel Castro|
|Chavez remarking on the whiff of Sulfur following Bush’s speech|
“As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights,”
You only have to read the previous post to see what a hollow, sick joke this is. The United States which has sponsored torture in Iraq, hasn’t dared refute the evidence, supports all manner of corrupt, brutal and oppressive regimes throughout the world, is apparently concerned to ‘promote democratic principles’ etc. in Venezuela.
What Bush and Obuma hated was that Venezuela was too democratic. Instead of simply voting in a stuffed ballot election once every 4 years, people had real control and access to the products of Venezuela’s oil wealth.
And unlike many other populist dictators, Ghadaffi to Ahmedinajad, his rule wasn’t based on torture and murder. That must have grated with Bush/Obuma even more. He was popular for the greatest sin of all under capitalism – he redistributed the wealth of the country from the rich to the poor, faced down a coup (which precisely because of his popularity didn’t succeed) and squashed the US financed opposition.
|Chavez and fellow fighter against US imperialism|
Maybe his most famous joke was his reference to Bush at the United Nations as the devil and then remarking on the smell of sulfur that was around. He would have appreciated the tributes below from Hollywood stars such as Michael Moore and Sean Penn.
Salute to Hugo Chavez, who puts British socialists and their talking shops to shame.
Socialist socialites: Hollywood mourns Hugo Chavez
Joel Ryan / AP
By Becky Bratu, Staff Writer, NBC News
As thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets of Caracas to mourn President Hugo Chavez after learning of his death Tuesday, tributes began pouring in from supporters around the world — including several Hollywood heavyweights who stood by the socialist firebrand during his reign.
Actor Sean Penn, one of the Latin American leader’s most vocal supporters (he once joined Chavez on the campaign trail and attended a candlelight vigil for him in Bolivia last year) said the United States had “lost a friend it never knew it had.“
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and actor-director Sean Penn listen to an explanation from a doctor during a visit to a hospital Aug. 3, 2007 in San Cristobal, Venezuela.
“And poor people around the world lost a champion,” Penn said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I lost a friend I was blessed to have. My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela.”
Filmmaker Oliver Stone, who first met Chavez in December 2007 and credited him for many of the social changes taking place in South America, said the former leader would live forever in history.
”I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place,” Stone said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history.”
“My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned,” Stone added.
“In sadness and in tribute to my friend, Hugo Chavez, I join with millions of Venezuelans, Latin Americans, Caribbeans, fellow U.S. citizens and millions of freedom-loving people around the world, in hope for a rewarding future for the democratic and social development charter of the Bolivarian Revolution,” Glover told theGrio.
“We all embraced Hugo Chavez as a social-champion of democracy, material development, and spiritual well-being.”
Others, including Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona, paid their respects via Twitter. “So long comandante @chavezcandanga, we will miss you forever #ChavezVive,” Maradona posted Wednesday.
“Ruling Classes hated Hugo Chavez. RIP,” tweeted comedian Roseanne Barr.
“You won’t hear much nice about him in the US media in the next few days. So, I thought I’d say a couple things to provide some balance,” tweeted filmmaker Michael Moore Tuesday.
“54 countries around the world allowed the US to detain(& torture) suspects. Latin America, thanks 2 Chavez, was the only place that said no,” he added.
“We spoke for over an hour,” Moore said of an encounter with Chavez in 2009. “He said he was happy 2 finally meet someone Bush hated more than him.”
The reference to Obama as an "Uncle Tom" is very confusing. As I remember, Uncle Tom stood up for his beliefs, and had some.
Yes I was being rather flattering, since Obama has no principles or beliefs. But his manner of doing so resulted in him accepting overseership.
Chavez was very much in the mould of Lenin, Trotsky and all the other great Socialist leaders who developed a personality cult that displaced the direct action and the direct democracy of the toilers (workers and non state peoples) themselves.
As the blogger Floaker points out: "Chavez was responsible for assassinating socialist activists, instigating enforced factory work programmes and “workfare” schemes, the indefinite imprisonment of union leaders, environmental catastrophe, widespread displacement of indigenous people for mining operations, the murder rate jumping to 20,000/year, mass strike-breaking, pushing through largest advancement in the privatisation of the Venezuelan oil industry, overseeing America becoming Venezuela’s largest trading partner…"
The above linked blog post links to legitimate evidence backing up these statements.
Socialism is only Scientific when it is questioned!
I won't get into a debate on Hugo Chavez because I probably know far less than you but I don't think he was in the mould of Lenin and Trotsky – he was in essence a revolutionary nationalist but many of the things you mention above were the product of attacks by US and its proteges.
I don't know about the imprisonment of union leaders but be aware that in South America the CIA set up unions to do their dirty work and in Venezuela these unions were responsible for the oil strike during the coup attempt and were working directly with the CIA.
I think the mass outpouring of grief by the inhabitants of the shanty towns has something to tell us but I agree that the cult of the personality is a double edged sword.