The American Left Mourns Chavez


Hugo Chavez is room temperature. I know that. The smell of sulfur is everywhere, and, yes, we have the sound bites. The media in this country is extremely sad. It’s hilarious to listen to this. We have story here from USA Today, and the way they headline the story is this: “‘Who Will Take Care Of Us?’ Poor Say After Chávez Dies.” There’s an object lesson here about where this country is headed. We’ve joked often about the similarities between Hugo Chavez and Obama, but they’re really somewhat serious here. A 27-year-old housewife is quoted in the USA Today story: “Who will take care of us now? Chavez cared for the people, not like the other presidents.”

The president of the country’s dead, and citizens are now feeling lost and potentially homeless, moneyless, “Who will take care of us?” This is the direction that we are headed. This is exactly the direction we’re headed. Now, it’s not imminent. Well, no, it is imminent. It’s not anytime soon, hopefully, but this is the direction that we’re trending. And people all over Venezuela are asking, “Who will take care of us now?” And of course the dirty little secret is that the number of poor people in Venezuela skyrocketed during Hugo Chavez’s presidency. He did not take care of the poor, but he made them think he was.

When he would go out and nationalize some oil wells, for example, he always did it under the auspices of taking those oil wells back from those evil corporations and giving the money back to the people, and the people cheered. The thing is, they didn’t get the money, Chavez did.



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