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Hugo Chavez, Tyrannical Dictator, Still Dead. Progressives Mourning.

fidel-castro-hugo-chavez Venezuelan tyrannical dictator Hugh Chavez died today and progressives immediately went into mourning. I just checked, and Chavez is still dead.

But the progressive left was aghast at the predictable demise of the cancer-riddled strongman.

Michael Moore tweeted about his giving oil money to the poorest of the poor. Leftist movie director Olive Stone praised him as a great hero. Liberal movie actor Sean Penn praised him as a “great friend American never knew it had.” And, last but not least, Congressman Jose Serrano (D-NY) sent this tweet:

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Amazing that these progressive, naive’ individuals would praise a tyrannical dictator like Chavez. So disturbing was their praise for the murderer and strongman that the liberal website Think Progress even took to its pages to warn Democrats against praising Chavez. Zack Beauchamp wrote a little about what we should know about Chavez and why praising him might should hurt Democrats:

While even Chavez’s critics admit that he did attempt to address the plight of Venezuela’s poorest, the decline in economic inequality in Venezuela reflected a broader egalitarian trend in Latin America, and can’t be fully credited to Chavez’s policies.

However, Chavez’ policies harmed Venezuela’s poorest in other ways: the value of the Venezuelan currency dropped while prices soared, making it harder for people to buy basic necessities, and crime skyrocketed.
Moreover, Chavez hurt the vulnerable in Venezuela in other ways. Chavez’s state-run media hounded Venezuela’s small, beleaguered Jewish population — he himself once said “Don’t let yourselves be poisoned by those wandering Jews.”

A study released by the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University found that Chavez’s rule “witnessed a rise in antisemitic manifestations, including vandalism, media attacks, caricatures, and physical attacks on Venezuelan Jewish institutions.” Indeed, roughly half of Venezuelan Jews fled the country because of “the social and economic chaos that the president has unleashed and from the uncomfortable feeling that they were being specifically targeted by the regime.”

Chavez also attacked Venezuela’s democratic political system. Human Rights Watch reported in 2012 that “the accumulation of power in the executive and the erosion of human rights protections have allowed the Chávez government to intimidate, censor, and prosecute critics and perceived opponents in a wide range of cases involving the judiciary, the media, and civil society.”

Contra Serrano, Venezuela’s elections were not certified as “free and fair” by international monitors of late: Chavez had not allowed international election monitors to observe Venezuelan elections since 2006.

Indeed, an anti-semitic dictator. Someone worthy of praise by the likes of Moore, Penn, Stone and Serrano. You are known by the friends you keep.

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2 Responses to “Hugo Chavez, Tyrannical Dictator, Still Dead. Progressives Mourning.”

  1. Maverick #

    Stalin and Hitler are the guiding light to his happy place.
    Progressives are livid , as losing a leader needs multi rounds of grief counseling.

    ‘Nuff said.

    March 5, 2013 at 8:50 pm
  2. Josh #

    Was Hitler a Marxist now? Certainly he was a socialist right, wow the wonders never cease. Maverick, you might do a little research and find that Hitler was pro private gun ownership, pro business, pro national sovereignty and loved the idea or German exceptional-ism, (not all that different form the American myopathy emotionalism know as American exceptional-ism). Hitler was all for eliminating the useless eaters republicans love to despise and demonize. He hated communists, and killed millions of them!!!

    Hitler falls much closer to your belief system than mine, but I don’t think the moral equivalency comparison should be made until the person being compared to Hitler supports plans for a final solution, and I just don’t think you guys are there yet, or ever will be. Unfortunately for US well funded “think tanks” with their billionaire fascist secret donors (AKA KOCH BROS) have spent millions turning Hitler from the fascist he was into a socialist to only be compared with the likes of Bill Clinton, Obama or anyone else who wants them to pay an equal tax rate to the people who clean their toilets.

    Chavez is no hero, but to place him in an ideological and morally equivalent group with Stalin and Hitler is, well what we have come to expect from emotional irrational folks that call themselves republicans today. How many millions of people have been brutally murdered by the socialist government of Norway? Or for that matter Chavez? Is it more or less than the number of people murdered Stalin or Hitler, or by our great friend of capitalism Mr Pinochet?

    I don’t expect anyone to respond with a rational argument at this point. Unfortunately anyone who questions the religion of free market capitalism and American exceptional-ism is automatically placed on the same GROUP as Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. The Left does not have a monopoly on political correctness. All you have to do is bring up anything that dares to question capitalism or the morality of our foreign policy over the last 75 years and you too can be labeled and grouped by the thought police.

    Just My Opinion
    Josh

    March 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm