In praise of Chavez
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Hugo Chavez loved baseball but he refused to play ball with American imperialists. He told the truth about American imperialism and American militarism. For that he was demonized and hated by those who own this country. When Chavez became president of Venezuela, a small class of wealthy Venezuelans ruled the country as proxies for American imperialists. They used the wealth of the country to finance their extravagant lifestyles while millions of Venezuelans lived in poverty.

Chavez believed the resources of Venezuela belonged to the people and sought to use the nation’s wealth to feed, house and educate the poor. He invaded no countries. He tortured no prisoners. He murdered no women and children with drones. No death squads roamed the streets of Caracas during his presidency.

Chavez was a Venezuelan patriot who refused to sell out his countrymen to enrich himself. He offered friendship to the American people but pulled no punches when dealing with American politicians who daily sell out the people to enrich themselves and their corporate masters. After Hurricane Katrina he offered help. President Bush refused. He offered to sell oil at a reduced price to America. Bush refused. He provided heating oil to impoverished Americans but was never thanked for his generosity. Instead, American fascists tried to overthrow Chavez in 2002. Fortunately, in a shining example of “people power,” those Venezuelans who had been empowered by Chavez filled the streets and refused to permit it.

The bosses in Washington hate “people power,” at home and abroad. Even now they are plotting to roll back the reforms Chavez initiated by returning the country to their proxies, by violence if necessary. There is nothing the puppet masters in Washington will not do to retain their positions of power and privilege in this country and to restore Venezuela to their “New World Order,” a political and economic system that is nothing less than slavery.

Hugo, my friend, rest in peace.

Dan Hayes
Piedmont
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