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Posted 05 March 2013 - 08:20 PM

Venezuela is not a threat to us and is a huge trading partner. Chavez used anti-US rehtoric to maintain power but otherwise was mostly harmless. Not a security threat.

He just proved yet again that socialism sucks. His people should hate him for using oil profits to further socialism but that is their business.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:06 PM

LOL!
"At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez's passing," Mr. Obama said in a statement released Tuesday evening by the White House, "the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:10 PM

Venezuela isn't an enemy despite the rhetoric. We should encourage relations with them.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:14 PM

Venezuela isn't an enemy despite the rhetoric. We should encourage relations with them.

Hey, they are pumping oil.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:18 PM

Hey, they are pumping oil.


Certainly true. Oil is the only reason that Venezuela is anything more than a footnote in South American history.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:29 PM

wow this sure is a thing happening in this thread

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 10:34 AM

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my favorite tinderbox moment occurred when noted bircher blackcatgrowl argued that drudge is centrist


In very bad taste for Drudge or anyone to post Hell's a Burnin. I know he and Iran leader made remarks about sulphur and such, but still in bad taste

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 02:38 PM

Rep. Jose E. Serrano (D-NY):

President Chavez was a controversial leader. But at his core he was a man who came from very little and used his unique talents and gifts to try to lift up the people and the communities that reflected his impoverished roots. He believed that the government of the country should be used to empower the masses, not the few. He understood democracy and basic human desires for a dignified life. His legacy in his nation, and in the hemisphere, will be assured as the people he inspired continue to strive for a better life for the poor and downtrodden.


http://thinkprogress...avez/?mobile=nc

I think the Senator should read this:




Consider examples. Hugo Chavez:

  • re-wrote his country's Constitution
  • transferred (usurped?) Legislature's powers to the Presidency (has anyone called him "King Hugo"?)
  • violated his new Constitution numerous times
  • tries to maintain the state of fear to prop up his popularity
  • uses the fear to militarize Venezuelan society
  • labels opposition as "foreign spies"
  • tightened the curbs on free expression — mere disrespect for the President is now a crime in Venezuela
  • grossly mismanaged his country's economy — despite the enormous oil windfall of recent years, the per-capita GDP has been shrinking until 2004, when a modest increase was finally achieved (thanks to another spike in oil prices)
  • closed down the only opposition TV-station in the country.
  • openly calls a political opponent "swine" and threatens to jail him.
  • used tear gas, plastic bullets, and water cannons to scatter the tens of thousands of demonstrators protesting his plans to modify the Constitution (again) to allow himself to run for re-election indefinitely



http://www.cs.umb.ed.../th/chavez.html


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