Death of an overlord

With Chavez's passing, it's up to Venezuelans to choose freedom

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With the aging and waning of outdated Soviet groupie Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez became this hemisphere’s smiling face of tyranny, hatred and envy.

The Venezuelan president built the largest glass house in South America and proceeded to throw stones, from his ascent in 1999 until his death Tuesday at 58: He made a cottage industry out of hating the U.S. and its supposed imperialism, while gaily parading his chokehold on his own people.

There’s no hypocrite like a cheeky hypocrite.

Even that wasn’t enough. Like Castro before him, Chávez spread discontent and violent oppression throughout the region, and warmly embraced like-minded autocrats and terrorists around the world – most notably the world’s leading terrorists in Tehran. While claiming to be the poor’s sugar daddy, he fomented bitterness and perfected paranoia, using much of his country’s oil wealth to unnecessarily militarize and antagonize the region.

He wanted nothing as badly as to be in the court of despots. He was. He was the court jester.

We pray his passing will remove the yoke from the Venezuelan people, and that it will usher in a new era of peace and good will in the region – a sort of Arab spring for the Western Hemisphere, only with a better outcome.

The immediate signs are not encouraging, as Chávez’s handpicked successor, likely to do well in the coming election, moved quickly to ramp up the anti-Americanism: He booted a couple of American diplomats and bizarrely claimed the U.S. had somehow conspired to give Chávez cancer.

The American people have nothing against the people of Venezuela. We hope they have the gumption to choose freedom and friendship over continued hatred and envy. But it’s hard, when a population has been fed a steady diet of animus.

There is nothing more important in the affairs of humankind than freedom.

And nothing will set you free quite like the truth – and the death of an overlord.

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Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/07/13 - 03:52 am
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When I think of Chavez, I

When I think of Chavez, I think of thug. I think of sycophant media. I think of a disgrace, that there were any on our side that felt warm and fuzzy when reporting on this man(?)

I rue the day that any would teach such as this worm would be something to “look up upon”.

But there will be some that can't resist.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/07/13 - 07:29 am
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Fascination with a leader who

Fascination with a leader who takes them down the road to socialism. Learn from history.

chascushman
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chascushman 03/07/13 - 08:31 am
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“Chávez spread
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“Chávez spread discontent”
Chavez played class warfare pretty much what the community organizer in the WH is doing here.

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 03/07/13 - 09:18 am
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Be careful

Comparing Chavez to the man who sits in the President's chair with his feet on the desk might get you labeled you as a racist...

But then again, who cares! As long as the truth is told.

deestafford
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deestafford 03/07/13 - 09:38 am
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Isn't it comforting to see how the mainstream media

is parroting the line that he was "democratically elected" and as such that made him legitimate. Even Jimmie Carter said the election was rigged but he didn't want to publize that while "monitoring" the election because he did not want to cause problems. The MSM wants to talk about his chrismatic leadership and how he helped the people. What he did was to take the producers of the country down to the level of the moochers. This "democratic" elections show exactly why our Founding Fathers hated democracy and founded the country as a republic. The talk of us being a democracy really took hold under President Wilson, the father of many of our current problems.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 03/07/13 - 09:53 am
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Evil democracy

Jimmy Carter: "As a matter of fact, of the 92 elections that we've monitored, I would say that the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world."

deestafford
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deestafford 03/07/13 - 11:43 am
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What the comment said above is true;

however, Carter backtracked on the legitimacy of the election later after he had been back in the US for awhile saying he did not want to anger the Venezuelans by saying that while in the country. In other words, he was gutless...which suprises whom?

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/07/13 - 01:04 pm
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Chavez's passing

Comparing Chavez to the man in the WH might get one labeled unaware of what a real tyrant is.

But who cares, we are used to the over the top comments when it comes to attitudes towards this president.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/07/13 - 03:48 pm
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I forgot

I forgot, Sean Penn thinks he was a great man. As does O'Stone.

Well there you go, that pretty much says it all.

debbiep38
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debbiep38 03/07/13 - 07:35 pm
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Truth Matters,
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And may also get one labeled a racist, eh?

Darby
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Darby 03/07/13 - 09:59 pm
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Would it be poetic justice....

if he ends up serving hot beverages to Che Guevara in Hell?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 03/08/13 - 12:17 am
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We should make a data base of

We should make a data base of all that supported this man, that way we could automatically disregard their opinion in any future debates.

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