March 6th, 2013

Predictably enough, the left…

…praises Chavez in their valedictories. Ed Driscoll lists a lot of the links here, thoughtfully saving me the distasteful task. Chief among them is President Jimmy Carter, who admits that Chavez had a couple of little flaws but was on the whole a fine and well-meaning fellow.

Zack Beachamp at Think Progress is reduced to a plaintive plea that his fellows on the left not be too quick to give the man his props, because in fact his policies hurt people (i.e. the poor) rather than helped. People in the comments section there are having none of that argument, for the most part.

8 Responses to “Predictably enough, the left…”

  1. David O. Says:

    To a leftest, there are no enemies to the left, only misguided idealists.

  2. George Pal Says:

    The progress of the Progressive: from Six Million Dollar Man to the Two Billion Dollar Spartacus. I suppose this is what they mean by being for the poor – promoting it.

    And speaking of Penn, Stone, Galloway, et al. – why is there never a South American Death Squad around when you need one?

  3. parker Says:

    Chavez does not rest in peace. Despite its resources, Venezuela is suffering from Chavez’s policies with an annual inflation rate above 20% and another, recent currency devaluation. It will be ‘interesting’ to see how this unfolds.

  4. J.J. formerly Jimmy J. Says:

    Chavez programs to help the poor resulted in him becoming a billionaire. Coincidence?

    Most countries that have nationalized their oil industries don’t use the money to create new wealth and jobs for their citizens. Most are run by dictators who siphon off the lion’s share and throw some alms to the peasants while claiming to be their champions. Venzuela was a prime example. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, and Brunei are others. Norway is the one country I can think of that has used oil wealth to improve the lot of most of their citizens.

    So, Chavez was not unique. He was following a well trodden path. The question is, “What next for Venezuela?” Probably more of the same. Sigh!

  5. southpaw Says:

    2 billion isnt a bad take for 14 year’s worth of dictating. Socialist dictator is apparently a very lucrative business. except for the poor socialist citizens. I might consider the job, except I would have to hang out with Sean Penn, Jimmy Carter, and similar unsavory fellows.

  6. parker Says:

    “I might consider the job, except I would have to hang out with Sean Penn, Jimmy Carter, and similar unsavory fellows.”

    Nah, as supreme dictator who could easily convince them to transfer their wealth to your Cayman account and then feed their annoying asses to your pet alligators.

  7. NeoConScum Says:

    “There is a level of cowardice lower than the conformist: The fashionable non-Conformist.”

    Ayn Rand…

    Can we hear it for Sean, Oliver, Endless Lib-Lefty Hordes..?

  8. holmes Says:

    Disgusting. But I am glad they make their colors known for everyone to see.

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