Rest in Peace, Hugo

Like most politicians, Hugo Chavez certainly had his flaws. Cowardice, however, was not among them. When he delivered that speech, it was acknowledging something that throughout the world, only the American public didn’t grasp, so it made waves for the right reasons.
I hope the anti-Imperialist movement he helped start continues after his death; let the right-wing grave dancing begin, but Chavez and what he stood for has been mostly vindicated. The right? Not so much. That isn’t the worst epitaph.


  1. RUKidding says:

    I knew that Chavez was on borrowed time, but wow! What a masterful play that was! Holding the election as he was dying; getting lawfully elected; then designating his VP, Maduro, as his successor to continue the populist, anti-BigOIL, policies and Alba.

    Chavez was far from perfect – but who isn’t? That said, even many of the wealthy in Venezuela, who didn’t like Chavez all that much, *admitted* that he made things better for most of the populace – better educated (why the very idea!), better access to good, cheap health care (gasp! shriek! moan!), improvements in overall standards of living (whine, vetch, how dare he???), nationalizing Venezuelan Oil so that the extraction & sales of it benefits the Venezuelan 99% (how DARE he???!!11!! Commie!!!!111). And so on.

    Watching Chavez in power was never less than interesting. The rumors about him being a “brutal dictator” was greatly exaggerated, to say the least. Chavez held a lot of elections, and gave his constituents a lot of “say” in how things were run – ohmigawd! what a concept!

    Fully expect a boatload of propoganda in Team USA Fuck Yeah!’s propoganda organs called the “main stream media.” NPR has been dutifully doing a hatchet job on Chavez for months now. Of course, all in the name of being “fair and balanced.”

    RIP Hugo Chavez! Thanks for all the good you accomplished. Best of luck to your successor, Maduro.

    • cocktailhag says:

      And remember, since the Bush Administration supported a COUP against the guy, he had ample reason to be pissed off. He did make Venezuela a better place, and set an example for a region that needed one. Sadly, he often gave his critics useful ammunition, too.
      Successful anti-imperialists are few and far between, often thanks to the worthy endeavors of the US Government, and Chavez undeniably was one.

      • RUKidding says:

        Yes, and it’s doubtful that most citizens even know about the Bush attempted coup – of course it’s yet another attempted coup in a long long string of coups going back in the mists of time that this Imperial Empire has inflicted on other nations for various reasons.

        What’s worse is that even if you can prove to citizens that Bush attempted a coup on Chavez, the majority of citizens would be all down with it.

        Duly noted that the smear campaigns are now claiming that even though most citizens’ lives improved under Chavez, mysteriously there is allegedly a 400% increase – yes: 400%! – in the homocide rate during Chavez’s terms in office. But of course, no stats, no links… Fake Noise: we tell you the most egregious lies, and Hey: if you want to believe ‘em, we’re not gonna stop ya!

  2. mikeinportc says:

    Yeah, it’s started. Heard some yapper on the ‘liberal’ network talking of hopes that Venezuela can avoid the “mistake” of Hugo Chavez(ism ;) ) with the new guy. It was quite clear that he didn’t mean “mistakes”.

    As you mentioned, his major crime was nationalizing the oil industry.

    ” Remember, that oil belongs to the Iraqi people.” – D. Rumsfeld

    Venezuela, or the US? Not so much. Of course, the unspoken part was “… until we get there.” Then using it to improve the country, with schools, infrastructure, etc.? OMG! Last I heard, Venezuela surpassed the US in literacy. Not that we’re “exceptional” in that regard, but to do it so quickly, from where they started, is quit an accomplishment.

    His more recent crime was organizing the end-run around the IMF,World Bank, and the other banksters. What a horror!

    A third major sin is one that makes his time on the grand stage worthwhile (IMHO), even if he never did anything else . That is , to expose Rummy, Bush, and the rest, for what they are : contemptuous of actual democracy. Remember the taped phone call? Lol! A lead member of the Let’s-bring-democracy-to-Iraq-and-the-M.E. crowd encouraging, and promising support, for the overthrow of the guy who just got re-elected with 80% of the vote. ( As opposed to 49% ;) ) Priceless!

    • cocktailhag says:

      Mammy put it best when she said, “whut gempmums say an’ whut gempmums mean is two diff’ent things.”
      To a Loyal Bushie, “Democracy” meant that their Big Oil buddies ran things. Not so much when Hamas won in Palestine, or when Gore won in Florida. Get over it, and all that.
      What these guys hate most of all is democracy, as the dictionary defines it.

    • nswfm says:

      Is there a link to the taped phone call?

      • mikeinportc says:

        I don’t know. I heard it at the time. Unlike most of my fellow Murrricans, I’m cursed with a memory. ( & it’s reinforced, rather than diminished, with endless repetition of bs to the contrary. ;) ) Youtube?

  3. nswfm says:

    Bravo on today’s FDL piece.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Thanks; I thought it could have been improved by a little more time and a less toxic mood on the part of its authoress, but I played the cards I was dealt.

      • timothy3 says:

        I still thought that was an excellent piece.

        Did I ever mention you have a word with ways?

        In any event, speaking of Chavez, there was — I thought — an excellent recapitulation of US behavior in Central America by Greenwald’s guest writer, Murtaza Hussein, titled How the US exported its ‘dirty war’ policy to Iraq – with fatal consequences.

        There is, always has been and, I suppose, always will be variants on this nasty human thread, weft and woof interlocking to create a fabric of misery.

        Something wicked this way comes, as it is in MacBeth, and I imagine it will always be so.

        Good on you Hag; you keep up the good fight, bare your knuckles with verbal adroitness and let loose in this sorry world’s fighting ring (or three ring circus — they really aren’t oxymoronic).

  4. mikeinportc says:

    Chris Floyd is back at it.( After a 2mo.+ hiatus) This time on Chavez, and the msm hatchet job.

  5. Ché Pasa says:

    Chavez’s genius was to implant the participatory democratic idea and its ideals at the grass roots. It’s had fourteen years to mature. Without being too much of an optimist about it, I’d bet no matter the machinations in DC and corporate boardrooms to re-neo-liberalize Venezuela, the People will continue to stand in the way.