Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Hugo Chavez dead at 58

I feel you can glean more about a person's legacy with who celebrates his/her death as well as who mourns it.

With that in mind, let's take a look at some of the reactions upon the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who passed away Tuesday at the age of 58.

From South Florida:

In the South Florida enclaves crowded with Venezuelans who fled President Hugo Chávez’s regime, his death Tuesday afternoon prompted spontaneous gatherings in familiar places.

News crews broadcast live from Doral, the South Florida city home to the largest number of Venezuelans. A celebratory mood spread at El Arepazo 2, a popular Venezuelan family restaurant, where more than 300 people gathered.

They waved Venezuelan flags and cheered “ Venezuela presente” — Venezuela is present.

“We are not celebrating someone’s death,” Mary LaBarca, whose grandmother was dancing outside the restaurant, said in Spanish. “We are celebrating freedom.”

“We hope this is the path to return our democracy and that hopefully we can have the same country we once had,” said Daniela Calzadilla, who moved from Caracas five years ago. She left because crime in the Venezuelan capital skyrocketed under Chávez’s leadership, she said, and career opportunities dwindled.

So it would appear that some of those who took the opportunity to flee Chavez's Venezuela strongly believe that the country has an opportunity to be much better off with him gone.

On the flip side, you have a tweet from Democrat U.S. House member Jose Serrano (who, by the way, supports repealing the 22nd amendment): 

While one cannot sum up one's entire sentiment in 140 characters, you can read Rep. Serrano's full statement here (Spoiler alert: His tweet provided more than adequate context to his overall sentiment).

Not to be outdone, leftist filmmaker Michael Moore decided to provide "balance" to those who didn't exactly shed tears over the death of Chavez.

That last Moore tweet is the most stupefying. For an American citizen to stand in solidarity with a sworn socialist in the "hatred" of a U.S. President? I imagine some Venezuelan citizens envied Moore, for they would never be allowed to return to their home country had they expressed the same disdain for Chavez on foreign soil. I'm sure such irony is lost on a vile dimwit like Moore.

You know the effusive praise of leftists is a little heavy-handed when the far left website Think Progess (which uses an endorsement from Rep. Keith Ellison to boost its online readership) believes Dems should rein in their eulogizing of Chavez.

This picture unwittingly illustrates the essence of TP's article:

In closing, does anyone know what took place exactly 60 years prior to the passing of Chavez? Another high-profile political figure by the name of Joseph Stalin died on March 5, 1953.

Take that for what you will.


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