So he's shaking things up, and you don't agree with him.ron damon said:1) He gives material support to the extremely brutal Colombian Left-wing FARC terrorist group, whom Colin Powell described as being "worse than Al-Qaeda" only days after 9/11.
2) He almost went to war with neighboring Colombia, after a high-level member of the FARC that was enjoying sanctuary in Venezuela was captured by Colombian intelligence in Venezuelan territory. By the way, Colombia's Right-wing president Alvaro Uribe enjoys even higher approval ratings than Chavez, hovering between 70-80%, mainly because of his strong stance against the FARC.
3) He precipitated tensions between Chile and Bolivia, after making sensitive comments regarding a border issue.
4) He had security forces shoot at peaceful protesters, and kill several of them.
5) He called Condoleezza Rice an "ignorant n*gger" (the translation is mine, as he used the term "negra" in a derogatory manner).
6) He personally insulted the president of Mexico for being in favor of free trade.
7) He broke relations with Panama as a way of supporting his pal Castro in the Carriles incident.
8) He halted oil shipments to Republica Dominicana after accusing its president of planning a conspiracy against him.
9) He has allegedly funded Left-wing campaigns throughout Latin America, including Brazil and Chile, in an attempt to bolster his influence in the region.
10) He is a "caudillo" and "hombre fuerte" very much in the same mold as the many who have preceded him and who have *every time* plunged Latin America into ever deeper poverty and misery.
11) He is a Communist with imperialistic ambitions, from re-forming the Gran Colombia of Bolivar, to dominance in Central America and the Caribbean, he is flushed with petrodollars, loved by every Che Guevara wanna-be, and feared by most democrats in the region, including Left-wing Lula, who recently came out in passionate defense of free-trade, presumably to distance himself from Chavez in his dispute with Mexico.
I don't trust him, but I don't trust you either. You will spin it one way and someone else will spin it another. I won't trust them either.
He is challenging the powers that be. Their list of crimes is just as long and heinous. The upper and middle classes are his biggest critics, but he has popular support from the poor.
If he is such a bad man, as you claim, then I would suggest that the existence of the poor is what gives him a power base. If you and others wish to eliminate socialist dictators and terrorists you must eliminate the conditions which facilitate their power, IE eliminate poverty.
As long as the policies of the corporatist are not perceived to be beneficial to the poor, like making them pay for the rain water they collect.
What do you expect?
Your hate rhetoric is what fuels the fight that keeps us from looking beyond strife, to what might be possible with a new economic paradigm that shifts the emphasis away from profit to service.
The economy should serve the people not the bottom line.