The dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, departed this vale of tears today, the 60th anniversary of the death of Joe Stalin. Chavez effectively destroyed his political opposition and ruled as a tyrant. Go here to read the 2011 report by Human Rights Watch on Venezuela which explains why I call Chavez a dictator. Because he mouthed anti-American platitudes, called himself a socialist and cozied up to repressive regimes like Iran and North Korea, he did not lack for defenders in this country:
Chavez’ Vice President is playing from Chavez’ playbook thus far:
Shortly before announcing that Hugo Chávez died, Venezuela’s government resorted to one of the late president’s favorite ploys to try to unite his supporters: allege a conspiracy by the U.S. to destabilize the country.
Chavez leaves his country poorer than when he assumed power and much less free. Economically he was a disaster for Venezuela because while he was a master at taking and keeping political power in Venezuela, he was completely clueless as to how to have a prosperous economy. Little surprise that he was wildly popular among Leftists around the globe.